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Study examines conspiracy theories in Austria


Conspiracy Theories, Populism, and the War Against Ukraine


Austerity, Charisma, and the Attacks on Reason.


Dr. Loperfido Completes Fieldwork in Milan


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Dr. Katerina Hatzikidi Receives Funding for 2-Year Project

„Anticommunism and Conspiracy Theories. A Study of their Historical Interconnections and (Anti)Democratic Impacts in Contemporary Brazil“

The social anthropologist and postdoctoral researcher at PACT receives funding from the University of Tübingen's Excellence Strategy in collaboration with the Baden-Württemberg Center for Brazil and Latin America and the Tübingen Research Takeoff (TRT) Program. The project funded is called "Anticommunism and Conspiracy Theories. A Study of their Historical Interconnections and (Anti)Democratic Impacts in Contemporary Brazil" and Hatzikidi will be the PI in collaboration with Prof. Rodrigo Patto Sá Motta of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil. Its duration will be of up to 2 years and it will involve a series of joint initiatives between the two universities.


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Prof. Dr. Michael Butter receives Tübingen Prize for Science Communication

„Mutiges Eintreten gegen Verschwörungstheorien“

The American Studies Professor Michael Butter receives the newly created Tübingen Prize for Science Communication of 2021. The 43-year-old is being honored for the intensive communication of his research on conspiracy theories to the general public. Endowed with € 15,000, the award is part of the University of Tübingen's excellence strategy and is intended to promote exchange between science and society.

PACT – Populism and Conspiracy Theory.

The last two decades have seen the rise of populist movements all over the world. The four largest democracies – Brazil, Indonesia, the United States, and India – are currently governed by politicians usually described as populist by journalists and scholars. In Europe, too, populism is no longer restricted to the margins of politics and society. Populists are governing, among others, in Hungary, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, and Norway, sometimes alone, sometimes as part of coalitions. Even where they are not (yet) officially in power, they have grown stronger and shape the political agenda, as the Brexit campaign or discussions about the refugee “crisis” in Germany and other countries show.

Conspiracy theories have also significantly gained in visibility and impact over the past twenty years, and they have been playing a major role in the debates about populism. The two phenomena are obviously connected. Populist leaders – from Trump to Maduro, and from Orban to Bolsonaro – regularly employ conspiracist rhetoric, and as number of studies have shown, the followers of populist parties and movements tend to believe more in conspiracy theories than others.

However, the exact relationship between populism and conspiracy theory remains understudied. We know comparatively little about the significance of conspiracy theories for specific populist movements; we do not know yet if conspiracy theories are always part of the populist repertoire, and it remains to be seen if conspiracy theories are, as is sometimes claimed, more relevant to right-wing than to left-wing populism.

Funded by a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council, PACT will provide a robust account of the relationship between populism and conspiracy theory.