Here you can find the program for the conference. You can also download the program here (pdf)(1.7 MB).

Thursday, 29.09.2022


(all times CET)

Welcome Adress (ERBA, WE5/00.022)

  • Markus Behmer (Faculty Dean)
  • Hendrik Michael (Scandalogy Research Iniative)


Panel discussion: “Political scandals in the age of populism, partisanship, and polarization” (ERBA, WE5/00.022)

  • Andreas Schwarz (TU Ilmenau)
  • Benjamin Krämer (LMU München)
  • Moderation: André Haller (Kufstein University of Applied Sciences)

Friday, 30.09.2022 (all presentations in WE5/00.022)


Panel 1: Celebrity populists: Who are they, why do we elect them and with what effect? (hybrid)


  • Berto Šalaj (University of Zagreb): Celebrity populism and liberal democracy: A threat or a corrective?


  • Marijana Grbeša (University of Zagreb): Celebrity populism and the power of performative politics: Evidence from Croatia and Serbia


  • Silvija Vuković (Charles University): Fictional populist candidates and how they master parody, scandals and fiction to win elections
  •  Milica Vučković (University of Zagreb): Riding on insults: Furious populism of Croatian president Zoran Milanović


Coffee Break


Panel 2: Political Journalism and cultures of outrage (online)


  • Maximilian Eder (Universität der Bundeswehr Munich): Up close and personal? Journalistic role performance during the Ibiza affaire on Twitter


  • Abderrahim Chalfaouat (Hassan II University of Casablanca): Moroccan journalist scandals: Pre-emptive muzzling for uncritical coverage


Lunch (own your own)


Panel 3: Scandals, elections and the public image


  • Tanja Drozdzynski (HAW Hamburg): Scandalization as a tool for political campaigning


  • David Redlawsk (University of Delaware) & Annemarie Walter (University of Nottingham): Partisan differences in punitiveness in response to politicians’ moral transgressions


  • Gabriella Szabó (Centre for Social Sciences/Hungarian Academy of Sciences): Unpacking shame management in politics: Strategies for evoking and steps to mitigate the feeling of shame


Coffee Break


Panel 4: Scandals and scandal production as populist communication strategies (online)


  • Juha Herkman (University of Helsink) & Joonas Koivukoski (University of Helsinki): "It was a joke!": Right-wing populist humor scandals


  • Juan Cannata (Universidad Austral): Public discourse scandal: A dissent management approach


  • LeAnn M. Brazeal (Missouri State University): Sorry, not sorry: The defiant image repair of Marjorie Taylor Greene


Coffee Break


Panel 5: Outrage, lionization, and resistance in a polarized public (hybrid)


  • Timothy Coombs (Texas A&M): Scandal or lionization: Political social actions in a polarized world
  • Anna Kleiman (University of Amsterdam): Manet's "Olympia": Inappropriateness as the ultimate resistance
  • Adriana Montanaro-Mena (independent scholar): Effervescent scandals: The Amazon, indigenous people and Bolsonaro


Conference Dinner (Kachelofen, Obere Sandstraße 1, 96049 Bamberg - directions from the conference venue)

Saturday, 01.10.2022


Panel 6: Media, partisanship and populist discourse (hybrid)


  • Karl Mendoza (University of Canterbury): Vaccine scandals, news production, and journalistic 'trust culture': A thematic exploration of journalistic role orientations and practicesin the coverage of the Dengvaxia scandal in the Phlippines


  • Roberto Mincigrucci (University of Urbino Carlo Bo), Matteo Gerli (University of foreigner of Perugia) & Marco Mazzoni (University of Perugia): The role of the media in the social construction of the "Tangentopoli" scandal
  • Jason Edwards (Bridgewater State University) & Coleen Alm (Bridgewater State University): America's first sex scandal: The rhetorical strategies in the Hamilton/Reynolds affair


Coffee Break


Panel 7: “Tear down the statues, remove the dead!”: Scandalization of character as a timeless feature of Populism


  • Jennifer Keohane (University of Baltimore): Holding out for a Hero: The Rhetorical Battle over the National Garden of American Heroes in the United States


  • Martijn Icks (University of Amsterdam): The many deaths of Domitian: Scandal and image destruction in imperial Rome


  • Eric Shiraev (George Mason University): Choosing from the memory menu: Character attacks, glorification and public amnesia


Closing Remarks