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Translation #20 of The Conspiracy Theory Handbook published!

Posted on 28 June 2024 by BaerbelW

Conspiracy theories attempt to explain events as the secretive plots of powerful people. While conspiracy theories are not typically supported by evidence, this doesn’t stop them from blossoming. Conspiracy theories damage society in a number of ways. To help minimise these harmful effects, The Conspiracy Theory Handbook, by Stephan Lewandowsky and John Cook, explains why conspiracy theories are so popular, how to identify the traits of conspiratorial thinking, and what are effective response strategies.

After its initial publication in March 2020, it didn't take long for the first translation - German - to make an appearance, followed in fairly short order by Spanish and Portuguese. Since then, several translations have been added each year and this year we already published two more: Dutch as #19 in May and Bulgarian at the end of June, getting us up to 20 translations!

20 Translations

With 20 translations, The Conspiracy Theory Handbook is now our handbook with the most translations, followed close on its heels by The Debunking Handbook 2020 with 19 translations thus far.

The Conspiracy Theaory Handbook distills the most important research findings and expert advice on dealing with conspiracy theories. It also introduces the abbreviation CONSPIR which serves as a mnemonic to more easily remember these seven traits of conspiratorial thinking:

7 Traits

None of these translations would have been possible without dedicated volunteer translators around the globe, offering their help and spend time on the translations. Just as important is the work done by Wendy Cook who designed the handbook in the first place. She has become an integral part of the translation effort as she copies the prepared translations into her layout file to create the PDF-proofs and finalized versions for each language.

List of translators sorted by language:

Albanian Vjosa Taipi
Bulgarian Ivaylo Stefanov, Teodora Stefanova, Ruslana Margova
Croatian Nikola Biliskov, Iva Kurtovic
Czech Katerina Spacova, Eva Musilová
Dutch Kitty Smeekes
French Guillaume Fischer
German Bärbel Winkler, Silke Schäfer, Annette Theißen, Timo Lubitz und
Alois Erwin Mair
Greek Georgios Kapolas, Eleni Koumparou, Panagiotis K. Stasinakis
Hungarian Bugár-Buday Orsolya, Szemök Ildiko
Italian Francesco Paolo Como
Macedonian Stanka Radeva-Stameska
Polish Dariusz Aksamil, Mikotaj Fedorowicz, Julia Wolska, Kinga Bryla, Patrycja Blaszkowska, Paula Liczbanska
Portuguese Dayane Machado, Minéya Fantim, Aldo Fernandes, Claudia Groposo, Luciano Marquetto
Romanian Robert Coravu, Mihai Constantinescu
Russian Katerina Spacova, Alena Marchkova
Serbian Olga Milanko, Aleksandra Dragosavljevic
Slovak SCIENCE+ project and implemented by Free Press for Eastern Europe in partnership with Free Press Unlimited
Spanish Carlos Romero y Diego León Román Rodríguez, Liliana Ruvalcaba
Swedish Lotten Kalenius
Turkish Can Basacek, Kansu Ekin Tanca, Serdar Basegmez, Gulin Cavus

Interested to help with translations of the Conspiracy Theory Handbook?

Are you a native speaker of a language we don't yet have a translation for and would you like to fill that gap?  If your answer is 'Yes', then please let us know by filling out the short form below. I'll then be in touch as soon as possible to let you know about the next steps.


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  1. Hello. Can you please check? The link to the translation in Albanian points to the turkish translation of the book, not the albanian one. Thank you

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    Moderator Response:

    [BL] It looks like maybe all of the links point to the Turkish translation. We'll look into it.

  2. Justbe @1

    Thanks for the heads-up! Not sure what happened there but the links should now all go to the intended translation of the handbook.

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  3. Thank you very very much for the fast actions, really appreciate the speed. The link works and it is perfect. Kudos to the translator too, she did an amazing job as far as I can read

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