09:30 AM Registration, Coffee & Tea

10:00 AM Opening Speeches

  • Banu Baybars Hawks, Chair, Public Relations Department, Faculty of Communication, Kadir Has University
  • Sevda Alankuş, Dean, Faculty of Communication, Kadir Has University
  • Mustafa Aydın, Rector, Kadir Has University

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Session I: Conspiracy in Global Conflicts: Theoretical Perspectives

Moderator: Eser Selen

  • Piecing Together The Past: History Through a Conspiratorial Lens, Boris Noordenbos (University of Amsterdam)
  • Breathing Together: Countering Conspiracy, Conspiratorially, as a Moral Motivation for Terrorism, Liam Harte (Westfield State University)
  • The Construction of Left-Wing Conspiracy Theory as a Political Enigma, Göksel Kaya (Yıldız Technical University)
  • Is it Just a Fad?: How Conspiracy Theories Catch On Like Trends, İnci Sağlam (Yıldız Technical University)

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break

  1:00 – 2:15 PM Keynote Speech

Moderator: Banu Baybars Hawks

  • Brian L. Keeley, Professor, Pitzer College. The philosophical dimensions of conspiracy theorizing: Making sense of alleged nefarious, secretive activity.

 2:15 – 2:30 PM Coffee Break

 2:30 – 3:45 PM

Session II: Conspiracy Meets Art & Popular Culture

Moderator: Defne Karaosmanoğlu

  • Re-reading Conspiracy Theory Literature: Politics of Popular Culture?, Yunus Kılıç (Yıldız Technical University)
  • New Media, Popular Culture, and the Audience Response to Conspiracy Theories, Sinem Güdüm (Marmara University)
  • Nostalgia and Conspiracy on TV: Historical TV Series and Conspiratorial Thinking in Turkey, Burak Özçetin  (Kadir Has University)
  • Searching for Value: When Conspiracy Pays a Visit to Contemporary Art, Eser Selen (Kadir Has University)

3:45– 5:00 PM

Session III: Conspiracy 2.0: Digitization of Conspiracies

Moderator: Liam Harte

  • The Role of Social Media in the Dissemination of Conspiracy Theories in Turkey, Banu Baybars Hawks & Çiğdem Bozdağ (Kadir Has University & Kadir Has University)
  • Conspiracies, Emotional Political Engagement and Protests via Social Media, İrem İnceoğlu (Kadir Has University)
  • The Turkish Conspiratorial Style: The Case of Aydoğan Vatandaş, Rukiye Uçar (Yıldız Technical University)

 6:00 – 8.00 PM

Gala Dinner


12 APRIL 2017, Wednesday

 09:45 – 10:45 AM

Session IV: Conspiracies in Mediatized World

Moderator: Sarphan Uzunoğlu

  • Conspiracy Theory and Media Reportage of Incessant Herdsmen Attacks across Nigeria, Janet Aver Adikpo (Eastern Mediterranean University)
  • Citizen Journalism Under the State of Emergency VS Anti-Terrorism Proclamation Nexus in Ethiopia: Courses and Prospects, Yirgalem Abebe Haile (İstanbul University)
  • Conspiracy Theory Video Productions, Gürkan Mıhçı (Kadir Has University)

10:45 – 11:00 AM Coffee Break

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Session V: Conspiracy Theories in Post Truth Era

Moderator: Burak Özçetin

  • Function of Conspiracy Theories in Post-Truth Politics: A Case Study on 10.10.2015 Ankara Bombings, Sarphan Uzunoğlu (Kadir Has University)
  • Post Truth: The Populist challenge in the West and The Politics of Fear, Aşkın İnci Sökmen Alaca (İstanbul Arel University)
  • Post-Truth or Emotional Reality? Re-Conceptualizing Fake News in Politics, Akın Ünver (Kadir Has University)
  • Brexit Referendum in the Shadow of Post-truth Politics and Conspiracy Theories, Armağan Gözkaman (Beykent University)

12:15 – 1:15 PM Lunch Break

1:15-  2:30 PM

Session VI: Conspiracy Theories in Turkish Context

Moderator: İrem İnceoğlu

  • The Politics of Paranoia and Complacency: Fear of Media in the Turkish Political Establishment, Murat Akser (Ulster University)
  • Conspiracy Theories and the 15 July 2016 Coup Attempt in Turkey: A Case for Critical Thinking, Kerem Karaosmanoğlu (Yıldız Technical University)
  • Discourse of ‘Master Mind’ and its New Realm of Truth: Transformation of the Basic Concepts of Turkish Conspiratorial Lexicon after the July 15 Coup Attempt, Merve Aygün (Yıldız Technical University)

2:30 – 2:45 PM Coffee Break

2:45 – 4:00 PM

Session VII: Revisiting Conspiracy Theories

Moderator: Murat Akser

  • Some Unique Characteristics of Turkish Conspiracy Theories and an Attempt to Read Them Through Psychology, Culture and Politics, Murat Karataş (Yıldız Technical University)
  • The Impact of Conspiracy Theories on World Politics Issues and the Discipline of International Relations, Itır Toksöz (Doğuş University)
  • Conspiratorial Thinking: Overcoming Chaos and Order within Everyday, Fatih Sel (Yıldız Technical University)
  • “Propaganda by the Deed”, “Armed Propaganda” and Mass Mobilization – The Missing Link in the Left-Wing Terrorist Thinking, Ersun Kurtuluş (TED University)

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Session VIII: Conspiracy Theories in Action: Case Studies

Moderator: Kerem Karaosmanoğlu

  • Conspiracy Theories as a Practical Tool for Foreign Policies, Umut Yukaruç (University of East Anglia)
  • Caught between the West and the State: Public Perception and the Status of NGOs in Pakistan, Usman Khan (Sakarya University)
  • Conspiracy Theories and the Rabin Assassination: How Did They Become so Widespread and What is Their Purpose?, Eyal Pascovich (University of Haifa)

5:00 – 5:15 PM

Closing Remarks (Kadir Has University)