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The summer schools are open to anyone interested in the topic, from graduate students to journalists and policymakers. 
In selecting applications, however, preference will be given to doctoral students, particularly from the area of political science.
Each summer school offers a panorama of the strategies to understand different forms of political uses of denialisms and conspiracy theories from an interdisciplinary perspective: political theory, political philosophy, history, political science, international relations, legal theory, in order to offer a comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon.
Each summer school offers 32 hours of face-to-face lectures (2 Italian CFU), and is held at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies.





Francesco Antonelli, University of Roma Tre, Rome


Francesco Antonelli is Professor of Sociology, Political Science Department, “Roma Tre” University, where he coordinates the bachelor’s degree courses in “Political Sciences” and “Politics, Cooperation and Development”. He was the coordinator of the Horizon2020 Projects PARTICIPATION (2020-2023) and TRIVALENT (2017-2020), both of them focused on the study of violent radicalisation. At the Italian Association of Sociology (AIS), he is President of the Research Advisory Board and Coordinator of the Research Committee “Sociological Theory and Social Transformations”. Among his latest publications: “Technocratic Politics. Beyond Democratic Society?” (Routledge, 2022); (with Lorenzo Marinone, eds.) “How to Explain Radicalisation?” (Mimesis International, 2022).


Eirikur Bergmann, Bifrost University in Iceland


Dr. Eirikur Bergmann is a Professor of Politics at Bifrost University in Iceland. Author of twelve academic books and numerous journal articles, he writes mainly on Nationalism, Populism, Conspiracy Theories, European Integration, Icelandic Politics and Participatory Democracy. Bergmann is also the author of three novels published in Icelandic. In 2020, Palgrave Macmillan published his book, “Neo-Nationalism: The Rise of Nativist Populism”. In August of this year, Routledge will publish his book “Weaponizing Conspiracy Theories”. Further information are found on his website:


Karen Douglas, Kent University


Karen Douglas is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. Her research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of belief in conspiracy theories. She has published widely on these topics and her research regularly features in the media. Karen is currently working on a European Research Council Advanced Grant to study the consequences of conspiracy theories for individuals, groups, and societies.


Serena Giusti, Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) – Milan


Serena Giusti is associate researcher at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and Assistant coordinator at the Italian National School of Administration in the European and IR department. Among her latest publications: S. Giusti, La disinformazione e la Politica estera, Milano, Vita & Pensiero, 2023, S. Giusti, The Fall and Rise of National Interest: A Contemporary Approach, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022; S. Giusti & G. Grevi (Eds.), Facing War: Rethinking Europe’s Security and Defence, Milano, Ledizioni, 2022; S. Giusti & E. Piras, (Eds.) Democracy and Fake News: Information Manipulation and Post-Truth Politics, London, Routledge, 2021.


Uffa Jensen, Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technische Universität – Berlin


Uffa Jensen is a historian at the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technische Universität in Berlin and its deputy director. His research interests are the history of antisemitism, of German Jewry, of psychoanalysis, of the history of emotions as well as visual history. He has previously worked at the University of Sussex, the Universität Göttingen and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. His most recent publications include “Zornpolitik“ (2017), “Wie die Couch nach Kalkutta kam: Eine Globalgeschichte der frühen Psychoanalyse“ (2019) and “Ein antisemitischer Doppelmord“ (2022).


Stella Levantesi, Journalist, Rome


Stella Levantesi is a climate journalist and author. Her main areas of expertise are climate denial, delay, obstruction and disinformation, greenwashing, corporate responsibility on the climate crisis and climate change communication. Her book “I bugiardi del clima” (Climate Liars), published by Laterza 2021, investigates the history of climate change denial and obstruction strategies to climate action. She is the author of Gaslit, and she is a TEDx Talk speaker. Her works have been published on DeSmog, Nature Italy, The New Republic, Internazionale, BBC World Service, DW and others.

Giuseppe Martinico, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa


Giuseppe Martinico is Full Professor of Comparative Public law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa.Prior to joining the Scuola Sant’Anna, he was García Pelayo Fellow at the Centro de Estudios Politicos y Constitucionales (CEPC), Madrid and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. He is author of “The Tangled Complexity of the EU Constitutional Process. The Frustrating Knot of Europe” (2022) and “Filtering Populist Claims to Fight Populism. The Italian Case in a Comparative Perspective” (2021).

Marco Solinas,  Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa


Marco Solinas is an Assistant Professor in Political Philosophy at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies and Project Manager of Jean Monnet Module “Debunking Political Uses of Denialisms and Conspiracy Theories in EU” (GOLDSTEIN). His research is on critical theory of society, populism and conspiracy theories. His most recent work on conspiracism is the edition of the Special Issue “Conspiracy Theories: Genealogies and Political Uses” forthcoming in “Genealogy”.



Monday, July 1th

2-6 p.m.

Introduction to the summer school and lecture by Marco Solinas: “On Political Conspiracism”


Tuesday, July 2nd

9 a.m. 1 p.m.

Lecture by Giuseppe Martinico:

“Constitutional Counter Narratives, Populism and Conspiracy Theories. A General Introduction”

1-2 p.m.

Lunch at school Canteen


2-6 p.m.

Lecture by Stella Levantesi:

“The Politics of Climate Change Denial: Propaganda, Delay and Obstruction Tactics to Climate Action”



Wednesday, July 3rd


9 a.m. 1 p.m.

Lecture by Uffa Jensen:

“Antisemitism and Conspiracy Theories in EU”

1-2 p.m.

Lunch at school Canteen


2-6 p.m.

Lecture by Francesco Antonelli:

“Extremism, Scapegoat and Self-Victimization: The Sociocultural Bases of Conspiracy Theories”


Thursday, July 4th


9 a.m. 1 p.m.

Lecture by Karen Douglas:

“The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories”

1-2 p.m.

Lunch at school Canteen


2-6 p.m.

Lecture by Eirikur Bergmann:

“Political Weaponization of Conspiracy Theories”

8-10 p.m.

Social dinner


Friday, July 5th

9 a.m. 1 p.m.


Lecture by Serena Giusti:

“Manipulation of information, strategic narratives and conspiracy theories in Foreign Policy”

1-2 p.m.

Learning check