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Conspiracist Geopolitics

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: James Tyner, Gerard Toal
Chairs: James Tyner


Academic research on conspiracist cognition has burgeoned in the last decade. While geographers have addressed conspiracy thinking in the past, and touched upon it within other works, there has been no comprehensive project examining conspiracist cognition in geopolitical thought and practice. Conspiracist cognition is broader than that pejoratively named and shamed as ‘conspiracy theories.’ It refers to a psychologically commonplace tendency to think in terms of the secret machinations of a hidden group against the common good. Papers in this session build upon prominent works on conspiracy thinking in Psychology and Political Science and extend this to engage critical geopolitical questions and concerns.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jeffrey Whyte*, University of Manchester, Plots Against America: Psychological War and the Conspiracy Genre 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Catriona Gold*, University College London, Constructing conspiracy in US Cold War travel policy: passport denial, area restrictions & blacklists 15 12:00 AM
Presenter James Tyner*, Kent State University, Conspiratorial Geopolitics and the Bureaucratization of State Power during the Cambodian Genocide 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Gerard Toal*, School of Public & International Affairs, Virginia Tech, National Capital Region, John O'Loughlin, University of Colorado, Boulder, Popular Support for Geopolitical Conspiracy Theories in Russia's Neighboring States 15 12:00 AM

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