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WaConf 2013 : Waco | The Myths of Fear. Governments, Conspiracies Conference, 2013


When Oct 25, 2013 - Oct 25, 2013
Where Nyíregyháza, Hungary
Submission Deadline Jul 10, 2013
Notification Due Jul 25, 2013
Final Version Due Oct 25, 2013
Categories    history   political science   religion   sociology

Call For Papers

Waco | The Myths of Fear. Governments, Conspiracies Conference, 2013
Org.: Institute of History and Philosophy at College of Nyíregyháza

The idea of the conference has been built around the anniversaries of three historical moments of the United States: the ratification of the 16th amendment to the US constitution (1913), the "martyrdom" of Gordon Kahl (1983) and the tragic Waco siege (1993). These events also constitute highlighted topics of the American "patriot", right-wing extremist conspiracy universe for decades.
The three anniversaries offer several lessons to be drawn. Our conference intends to deal with Waco, the Gordon Kahl story, etc. not as events, but as phenomena: the central themes are such topics as 'the formative mechanism and the social, psychological, etc. background of the political conspiracy theories', or 'the anti-government, anti-statist attitudes, doctrines and practice of (not only right-wing) extremist organizations, movements'.

Possible themes might include:

Fatal police actions and their interpretations: the lesson of the Ruby Ridge and Waco incidents
Income tax and the Communist Manifesto
Legal warfare against the state: the arsenal of the paper terrorism
The militia movement after Waco and the Oklahoma City bombing
Modern Redcoats or the myth of April 19
The theories of 9/11
One World Government
Armed separatist movements in the world
The European Union and its extremists

We welcome abstracts (size: approx. 600-2000 characters without whitespaces) from scholars, researchers and PhD students
Working languages of the conference: Hungarian, English
The duration of the papers: 20 minutes

Additional information that should be included with the abstract:

Title of the paper;
Name and Surname;
E-mail address

Deadline for submission of abstracts: July 10, 2013
Notifications of acceptance: end of July
Abstracts can be submitted via e-mail to

There are plans to publish the papers of the conference in an edited volume.

Contact: Szoboszlay György, Institute of History and Philosophy at College of Nyíregyháza; mail:

For full details please visit:

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