Questions about 9/11 conference in France and William Schnabel


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Someone has written to ask me if I have any idea what is going on with the issue below. Can anyone find out anything about this William Schnabel and what was going on there?

Your proposed talk must include:

- The title of your talk
- An abstract of not more than 300 words, clearly stating your thesis
- Your primary and secondary sources
- Four keywords
- Personal information: name and address, university or association, professional address, personal address, telephone number, e-mail, photocopy of personal identity card, a recent photograph and an updated curriculum vitae

Send your proposals by e-mail in Microsoft Word format to:

William Schnabel – Professor, Université de Lorraine

Provisional calendar:

- All proposals must be received before December 25, 2012
- Authors will be notified by February 1, 2013
- Colloquium dates: 11-13 September 2013
- Place: Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France

Université de Lorraine
Campus Lettres et Sciences Humaines et Sociales
3, Place Godefroi de Bouillon
BP 3317
54015 Nancy cedex
Téléphone : 03 54 50 49 00

Questions about 9/11 conference end with its cancellation

By Craig McKee

An international conference on 9/11 being organized in France by a little known quantity within the 9/11 Truth movement, literature professor William Schnabel, has been cancelled for unknown reasons.

The conference was scheduled for Sept. 11-13 at the University of Lorraine in the city of Nancy. Schnabel, who teaches at the university, issued a “call for papers” last fall – with a Dec. 25 deadline for submission. Those wishing to make presentations to the conference were required to submit a 300-word abstract stating what their presentation would be about. Those selected would be informed by Feb. 1. Before that date arrived, however, we got the news that there would be no conference. Participants were informed in a brief email. No explanation was given.

I was part of a group that collaborated on one of the proposals. Had we been selected, our group would have made a presentation to the conference on our chosen topic – the evidence that no large plane hit the Pentagon on 9/11.

Our group consisted of Paul Zarembka, an economics professor at State University of New York at Buffalo and editor of The Hidden History of 9-11; Dennis McMahon, a lawyer who has represented 9/11 families and who is a member of the Consensus 9/11 Panel; and Shelton Lankford, a retired pilot and member of Pilots for 9/11 Truth. And me.

Noted truther Barrie Zwicker submitted his own proposal for a paper on the importance of language in shaping perceptions about 9/11. I would very much have looked forward to this presentation because I share Barrie’s views about the subject, which I have written about on Truth and Shadows. Zarembka also submitted a second proposal to the conference on the subject of the Toronto 9/11 Hearings, which took place in Sept. 2011.

Zwicker shared with me that he wrote to Schnabel recently to ask for details of the cancellation, but he has received no response.

I’m disappointed that the conference didn’t happen and that I’ll never know if our group would have been selected, but I’m not entirely surprised. There were questions about the conference from the beginning. The first concern I had was with the “call for papers.” This featured very troubling statements made as if they were uncontested facts. The first paragraph started things off in very problematic way:

“On September 11th, a series of airplane hijackings and suicide attacks were committed against strategic targets in the United States. Nearly three thousand people were killed in New York City, almost two hundred at the Pentagon and forty more died near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in the open countryside, shortly after 10 a.m. The United States and the world were taken by surprise that fateful morning when hijackers seized four jet airliners.”

Schnabel, perhaps in an effort to appease colleagues unsympathetic to the 9/11 cause, made several assumptions in that first paragraph that are at best unproven and at most flat out wrong:

The four planes were hijacked? – The evidence says no. In fact there is no proof that any of the 19 alleged hijackers ever stepped on any of the planes.
Suicide attacks? – See above.
Flight 93 crashed near Shanhksville? – This is totally false. There was very little wreckage at the scene; just a ditch and some smoke. Oh, and a singed passport of one of the “hijackers.”
Strategic targets attacked? Calling them attacks suggests that it was external enemies who were behind the event. False.
The United States was taken by surprise? If he means the government, the evidence says otherwise. The military stand-down makes that clear.

That was just the first paragraph. Later, the paper makes this statement:

America’s law enforcement and intelligence communities have addressed the nation’s vulnerabilities, the result of which has been the reorganization of the federal government, notably with the creation of Homeland Security, new FBI focus, the implementation of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC) and the Patriot Act, increased border surveillance, and so on.

Again, an assumption is made that shouldn’t be, that America was vulnerable and that the creation of the Department of Homeland Security was a genuine response to that.

Here are a couple of other softball points:

It goes without saying that not all researchers concur with the official version of the events.
Many questions have been raised concerning the Kean-Hamilton Report, not all of which have been satisfactorily answered.

Have ANY been satisfactorily answered?

If one were to give Schnabel and whomever else was involved some benefit of the doubt, one could note these statements might have been written the way to keep the focus broad – in other words not exclusively on the question of whether 9/11 was an inside job. He may have been dealing with hostile colleagues who opposed the conference altogether.

The document concludes with this: “… there are several avenues of investigation possible: historical, psychological, geopolitical, legal, architectural, social, cinematographic, economic, scientific, militaristic, journalistic, and so on. Papers supporting the American government’s position are welcome, as are those critical of it, or taking a more neutral stand.”

That’s about as broad as you can get. Perhaps too broad.

Schnabel contacted Zwicker last August to invite him to be a speaker. In correspondence between the two, Zwicker offered his suggestions on things to watch out for in organizing the conference, choosing speakers, security, technical issues like sound, etc.

Zwicker has plenty of experience in these areas, having been involved in organizing the six-day International Citizens’ Inquiry Into 9/11, held at The University of Toronto in May 2004. He also collaborated with Citizen Investigation Team in organizing a screening of their film National Security Alert the night of the closing of the Toronto 9/11 Hearings in 2011.

One thing our group found strange was that Schnabel wanted personal information from each individual or group that included not only a curriculum vitae, photo and contact information but also a photocopy of a personal identity card.

Not all truthers in France are big supporters of professor Schnabel. The country’s largest 9/11 Truth group, Reopen 911, is not communicating with him at all. One point of contention, apparently, is that Schnabel wrote a letter to the editor to a French publication in which he mentioned support for a number of familiar 9/11 Truth movement figures (it included David Ray Griffin, Webster Tarpley, Thierry Meyssan, Barrie Zwicker and others). But among those listed were two very controversial figures, David Icke and Eric Hufschmid (Icke for his “reptilian” views and Hufschmid because he is seen by many as being anti-Semitic). The group evidently felt that by endorsing the latter two, the Truth movement could be open to ridicule.

For this and other reasons, some people may feel that the cancellation of the conference may not be such a loss after all.

The submissions won’t lead to anything directly, but the exercise was still a worthwhile one. At least it was for me since I had never been involved in anything like this before. The collaborative process went very well, I thought, especially considering the fact that we were all located in different cities – and in my case in a different country.

The “no large plane hit the Pentagon” presentation won’t happen in France this September, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see anything noteworthy offered on the subject this year. It’s a vital 9/11 subject and a case that has to continue to be made.


The Living Force
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Here it is a CV of this professor :

Département/Department : Anglais/English
Grade/Position : Enseignant-Chercheur/Professor-Researcher
Title : Professeur des universités/Full Professor

Domaines de recherche/Research Interests :
• Littérature et civilisation américaines/American literature, history & culture
• Fantastique et science fiction/Science fiction & horror fiction

Diplômes/Degrees :
• Habilitation à diriger des recherches, Université de Grenoble (2003)
• Doctorat nouveau régime, Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail (1995)
• Diplôme d’études approfondies, Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail (1990)
• Maîtrise d’anglais, Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail (1989)
• Licence d’art dramatique, Université de Berkeley, Californie (1978)

Bureau/Office : A308
Adresse : UFR Langues et Littératures Étrangères, 3 place Godefroy de Bouillon, BP 3397, 54015 Nancy cedex, France
Téléphone/Telephone number : +33 (0)3 54 50 54 Fax : +33 (0)3 54 50 50 21
Email :

Publications et communications récentes/Recent Publications and Conferences :
Lovecraft et ses doubles (à paraître)

Les Années soixante (à paraître)

Lovecraft : Le sens de la race, Le Diable Ermite, 1re édition, juillet 2011, 222 p.

Fantastique : Voix et visions, Le Diable Ermite, 2ème édition, jan. 2011, 300 p.

Fantastique : Voix et visions, Le Diable Ermite, 1re édition, 3e trim. 2010, 370 p. (épuisé)

Revues nationales et ouvrages nationaux avec comité de lecture/National Peer-reviewed Book Chapters and Journal Articles
« Océania », « Arkham », « Mars la rouge » in Dictionnaire des lieux et pays mythiques, Robert Laffont, « Bouquins », 13 octobre 2011, 1344 p.

« Du sport et de la propagande, ou la persuasion insidieuse », Le Sport, Presses Universitaires de Perpignan, 2011 (à paraître).

Conférencier invité/Guest speaker :
« Lovecraft au cinéma : Ses démons, ses merveilles », 10 septembre 2010, Auditorium Abbé-Grégoire, Blois.

« Zéro : Enquête sur le 11 septembre », 17 juin 2010, Salle du Beffroi, Thionville.

« Soirée Carpenter/Lovecraft », Cinéma Eldorado, Dijon, 29 janvier 2010.

« Des monstres et des prodiges à travers le temps », L’Écrit de la fée : Festival des littératures de l’imaginaire, IUT de Dijon, 4-5 juillet 2009.

« Les littératures fantastiques », 5e Salon du livre en Région, Salins-les-Bains, 24-25 octobre 2009.

Communications/Papers :
« Weather Underground : du radicalisme à la révolution », Paris Nanterre, mars 2012.

« Le 11 septembre : Neuf ans après », Université Nancy 2 – Campus lettres et sciences humaines, vendredi 9 avril 2010.

« Easy Rider : Le rêve prend fin », Université Nancy 2 – Campus lettres et sciences humaines, vendredi 20 mars 2009.

« Le monde de 1984 », Université Nancy 2 – Campus lettres et sciences humaines, vendredi 13 mars 2009.

« Berkeley dans les années soixante : communication sur le mouvement pour la liberté d’expression », Université Nancy 2 – Campus lettres et sciences humaines, lundi 2 novembre 2009.

« Point de rupture : Le cinéma de la contreculture », Université Nancy 2 – Campus lettres et sciences humaines, 30 novembre 2009.

« Les hommes qui ont tué Kennedy », Université Nancy 2 – Campus lettres et sciences humaines, 19 octobre 2009.

About his speach on April 2010, in the local newspaper, it is titled "the professor teach conspirationism"


FOTCM Member
Very strange:

One thing our group found strange was that Schnabel wanted personal information from each individual or group that included not only a curriculum vitae, photo and contact information but also a photocopy of a personal identity card.


The Living Force
Laura said:
Someone has written to ask me if I have any idea what is going on with the issue below. Can anyone find out anything about this William Schnabel and what was going on there?

Other than the promo literature for this conference, just about everything I can find on the guy is in French.


The Living Force
FOTCM Member
voyageur said:
Very strange:

One thing our group found strange was that Schnabel wanted personal information from each individual or group that included not only a curriculum vitae, photo and contact information but also a photocopy of a personal identity card.

Yes it's strange, I checked for others call for papers of IDEA [Interdisciplinarity in English Studies/the organism of the university which organizes the conferences for the english section] and nowhere they ask for such things - an abstract, an email and maybe a CV and that's all


The Living Force
OK, I know I'm looking at the info about this guy in a google translation, but it looks like he's into the occult big time?


The Living Force
FOTCM Member
If you look at his CV it is mentionned that his research interests in litterature are science fiction and horror fiction


FOTCM Member
There is a picture of him; if it is one and the same, based on his connection to Diplomé de l’université de de Berkeley, on this link from in french from a 2010 production called:

Projection du film « ZÉRO – Enquête sur le 11 Septembre »

Jeudi 17 juin à 20h

Thionville (57)

Link - _

Le professeur William Schnabel. Docteur ès lettres. Diplomé de l’université de de Berkeley. Professeur des universités en littérature et civilisation américaines, université Nancy 2.

This site is linked and it may or may not have further information (in French) - _
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