Conference Program

Here you can find the program for the conference.

Thursday, 4. April 2024


(all times CET)

Welcome Adress (U2/01.33)

  • Rudolf Stöber (Institute of Communication Science)
  • Hendrik Michael (Scandalogy Research Initiative)


Panel discussion: “Scandals in Times of Crises, Conflicts, and Conspiracies” (U2/01.33)

  • Sergei Samoilenko (George Mason University)
  • Daniela Mahl (University of Zurich)
  • Moderation: André Haller (Kufstein University of Applied Sciences)
19:45Informal reception with snacks and drinks

Friday, 5. April 2024 (all presentations in U2/01.33)


Registration & Coffee


Panel 1: The Crisis of Disinformation and Emotionalization


  • Monika Verbalyte (University of Flensburg): Perpetuating Emotionalization, Constant Scandalization, and Permanent Crisis in the Age of Populism and Polarization


  • Timothy Coombs (Texas A&M University) & Elena Tachkova (University of Hongkong): The Utility of Conspiracies in Crises: Choosing a New Reality
  • Marijana Grbesa & Milica Vučković (University of Zagreb): The Role of Disinformation in Constructing Scandals: The Case of the Coca-Cola “Poisoning” in Croatia


Coffee Break


Panel 2: Scandals, Crises and Conspiracies as Elements of Historical Discourse


  • Florian Krüpe (University of Marburg): Two Men, one Fire, a Book, a Scandal, and a Conspiracy: The Case of Lucan


  • Margarita Karnysheva (independent scholar):  Fall of the Empires: Scandalizing a Historical Conspiracy Theory [online]


Lunch Break


Panel 3: Scandals and Conspiracies in Networked Publics


  • Andrew S. Armstrong (George Mason University): Reputation Decapitation: Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the Battlefield of Public Opinion


  • Eric Shiraev (George Mason University): Aging as a Target for Scandal: Examining Character Attacks on Elderly Leaders


Coffee Break


Panel 4: Political Crises and Scandals from the (Inter)cultural Perspective


  • Adeola Sidikat Oyeleke & Olutobi Michael Folorunsho (University of Ndufu Alike Ikwo): Managing Political Crises and Scandals in Nigeria [online]


  • Igor Prusa (Ambis University Prague): Scandal in Japan


  • Maria Eduarda Palhano Lhamby & Maximilian Eder (University of Munich): Visual Framing of Brazilian Political Crisis


Coffee Break


Panel 5: Controversial Allegations and the Dissemination of Scandal on the Battlefield of Public Opinion

  • Hanna Gawel (Jagiellonian University): Pandora Gate and the Disclosure of Examples of Grooming among Polish YouTubers as a First Step to Change Sexual Abuse in Polish Society [online]
  • Juan Pablo Cannata (Austral University): Unraveling the Scandal by Apologizing and Listening to the Victims: The Case of Pope Francis in Chile [online]


Conference Dinner (Café Luitpold, Schönleinsplatz 4, 96049 Bamberg)

Saturday, 6. April 2024


Panel 6: Conflicts of Interest, the Dynamics of Scandals, and the Politics of Hybrid Media Systems


  • Phoebus Voulgaris, Myrsini Dogani, Stavros Koutsocheras & Anastasia Koyva (University of Piraeus): The European Parliament Scandal and its Reputational Security Threats: The “Quatar-Gate”-Case
  • Jan Dvorak (University of Hohenheim): Political Scandals: A Systematic Collection of German Cases


Coffee Break


Panel 7: Scandals and Conflict as Means of (De)constructing Public Biographies


  • Anne Jerslev, Nete Norgaard Kristensen & Manuel Menke (University of Kopenhagen): Self-Scandalization and Conflict to Pull in The Audience: Exploring the Dynamics of Co-Construction in the Andrew Tate and Greta Thunberg Feud


  • Nina Krapic (Pontifical Gregorian University): The Pursuit of Authenticity and its Role in Celebrity Populism of Marin Miletic


Closing Remarks & Outlook of the Scandalogy Research Initiative