QAnon Newsletter: Conferences and Submissions
Reminder to sign up for the QAnonference! And more submission/conference opportunities...
Welcome back…ish! Next week will be a return to a recap of the latest and greatest in QAnon research and news. This week is just full of exciting opportunities to share your work and meet fellow researchers, no big deal. So let’s jump in.
Virtual QAnonference 2023
The virtual QAnon Research Conference (or QAnonference™) 2023 will take place on March 9th and 10th, 2023 from 1pm to 4pm CT (2pm to 5pm ET // 11am to 2pm PT). The goal of this conference is to bring together researchers studying QAnon and its related movements in order to discuss the current state of QAnon research and methodologies, as well as their future. Sign up for the conference here by February 24th. For more information, check out our previous post here.
We’ve received a lot of interest from people who want to attend but don’t have a memo to submit. If you are interested in attending without a memo to discuss, feel free to sign up using the Google form and write a quick note explaining your desire to attend and listen in. Due to a desire to keep the conversation small and focused, we are prioritizing the attendance of people who submit full memos.
If you have already submitted a memo, we’ll be reaching out to you in the coming weeks. Thanks for your patience!
Conspiracy Conference in Miami
Joe Uscinski at University of Miami is hosting a conference on conspriacy theories. There are still a few spots available. The conference is scheduled for March 16th-March 19th, 2023 in Miami and will include 35 scholars from across disciplines and continents.
For accepted participants, registration is waived, and the conference will provide some meals. The conference cannot provide funding for travel or lodging.
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a paper or presentation title. Panel Discussants are also needed.
If you have any questions, email Joe at email@example.com.
QAnon Newsletter Submissions
If you would like to share anything with the community, we ask that you submit to our Google form. Any submissions received by next Sunday, February 12th, will be featured in the newsletter on Monday, February 13th. If you have any pressing events or deadlines, we can always send out a quick email in the meantime. We look forward to your submissions! As always, spread the word. Here’s what we’re looking for:
Calls for papers
QAnon in the news
Book / chapter publications
Questions from the community
Paranoid Publics: Conspiracy Theories and the Public Sphere
In addition, there’s a very relevant call for papers in Frontiers in Communication, organized by Matthew Hannah and Christopher T. Conner. Abstracts are due March 30th. Here’s a teaser, find out more here.
Over the past few years, we have witnessed a growing crisis in the public sphere, a crisis of information. Despite having unprecedented access to online information, more people than ever before are succumbing to mis- and disinformation, political radicalization, and unhinged conspiracy theories. Richard Hofstadter has described this phenomenon as the 'paranoid style' of American political life, and such radicalization has permeated all aspects of the public sphere, from online commentators to the halls of government. Conspiracies about election fraud, COVID-19 vaccines, economic and political power, and racial replacement have dominated public discourse, fueled by political extremism and far-right radicalization. Understanding the public impacts of such paranoid fantasies is an important arena for humanities and social science researchers and may have real impacts on the very foundations of democracy.