Training School "Conspiracy Theory – History and Culture", University of Tübingen, July 31 - August 4, 2017, Germany


December 31, 2016


Event Date:

July 31, 2017 - August 04, 2017

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About the program

The COST Action “Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories” (COMPACT) invites applications from M.A. and Ph.D. students for a week-long Training School, “Conspiracy Theory – History and Culture,” which will be hosted by the University of Tübingen from July 31 to August 4, 2017.

The Actions, which currently has over 120 members from 36 countries and over a dozen disciplines, aims at synthesizing and moving forward the European research on conspiracy theories. One of its goals is to train the next generation of researchers. For this purpose, the Action will organize two Training Schools. The one in Tübingen is geared at scholars employing qualitative methods (history, ethnology, cultural studies, literary studies etc.); it will be followed by one focusing on quantitative methods (psychology, political science etc.) in 2018.

Applicants do not need to be Action members or be affiliated with Action members. Every M.A. or Ph.D. student from a COST country can apply. Successful applicants will receive a stipend to partly cover the costs of travel be determined on an individual basis for each successful applicant by the committee. It is to be expected that applicants who have funds of their own small sum while applicants who otherwise could not attend the Training School stipend of up to € 1.000.

In particular, the Action invites applications from Ph.D. students who are projects directly related to conspiracy theory, and M.A. students who are such projects. 

Please send your application in one PDF file to the local organizer, Michael Butter ( The application must include a letter of motivation and a short CV. Ph.D. students should additionally include a project description of no more than five pages.

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January.


The Training School will combine a variety of different formats. There will be a series of lectures by the Trainers, all of them established scholars in the field. They will take their own research as a point of departure for more general reflections on questions of theory and methodology in their particular field, as well as opportunities for future projects. There will also be reading groups that will address foundational studies from various disciplines. Finally, the participants will have the opportunity to discuss their projects or plans for projects on an individual basis with Trainers.
The trainers are:

- Clare Birchall (Contemporary Culture, United Kingdom)
- Nebojša Blanuša (Political Science, Croatia)
- Eva Horn (German Studies, Austria)
- Peter Knight (American Studies, United Kingdom)
- Massimo Leone (Semiotics, Italy)
- Andrew McKenzie-McHarg (History, United Kingdom)
- Timothy Melley (American Studies, United States)
- Annika Rabo (Social Anthropology, Sweden)


Michael Butter

Universität Tübingen, Englisches Department, American Studies Program
Wilhelmstraße 50, 72074 Tübingen

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December 06, 2016