The Contemporary Success of Conspiracy Theories in Turkey: Content Analysis of Efendi

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In my presentation, I would like to discuss a popular anti-Semitic conspiracy theory book series from Turkey: Efendi 1 (Yalcin, 2004) and Efendi 2 (Yalcin, 2006). The distinctive feature of these books lies in their success of being best-sellers and leading a flourish of further conspiratorial works. In this regard, I intend to outline and describe the contemporary popularity of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in Turkey, which will also give me the chance to provide a Turkish sample to the discussion of conspiracy theories on global level. In the analysis of these books, I will try to summarize their ideological messages, social significance, the responses they created and the ways they could affect the political perspectives of the public. In addition to that, I will talk about the text’s relevance to classical anti-Semitic works like The Protocols of Elder’s of Zion. Henceforth, the analysis will not only help me to talk about the anti-Semitic material in Turkey but also their relation with the general literature.

Keywords: Conspiracy Theories, Anti-Semitism, Turkey
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Turkay Nefes

PhD Fellow, University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent, UK

EDUCATION MPhil/PhD Sociology September 2005
University of Kent
Canterbury, United Kingdom
M.Sc. Political Science 2002 - 2005 Middle East Technical University
Ankara, Turkey Thesis Title: “Conceptualizing and Problematizing the Contemporary Popularity of Conspiracy Theories in Turkey: Re-thinking Karl Popper.”
B.A Sociology 2000 2001 University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada Have spent a year as a visiting student B.Sc. Sociology 1997 – 2000; 2001 - 2002 Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey Consistent honors student

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