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Critically engaging with conspiratology—that is, theory about “conspiracy theory”—this chapter takes as a case the 2009 theft of the body of Tassos Papadopoulos, the former president of Cyprus, from his grave. It traces theories and countertheories of the theft published in the Cypriot press in the months afterward to other “conspiracy theories” about the division of Cyprus in 1974 that have circulated for the past five decades. Encompassing and recontextualizing the division of the country and its theorization as conspiracy, the story of the president’s body sheds light on conspiracy attunement in Cyprus: a shared sensibility of knowingness about “conspiracy theory”, promoted and cultivated in a dialogic context of public talk about “conspiracy theory” that is historically deep and recursive in nature. The chapter concludes that conspiracy attunement is a better avenue for comparative analysis than “conspiracy theory” itself.

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