The aim of this conference is to examine the current resonance of ‘post-truth’ from an interdisciplinary perspective. The goal is to explore not only the historical and literary origins of the concept, but also the emergence of a new language – the increasing frequency of certain terms specific to the issue and the context in which they appear. The conference will also explore the concept of post-truth by factoring in the emergence of new communications technologies and the associated impact of the media — two factors which often overlap. To borrow from Ali Smith, can we say that thought now functions “at the speed of Tweet”? Do we live lives of pure immediacy, in which facts go unverified and opinion has the same weight as truth? The concept of post-truth would seem to imply an exaggerated tension between the notions of subjective and historical truth.
We welcome all submissions relating to the emergence of ‘post-truth’, including historical parallels for the concept and its present-day implications.
Suggested topics for discussion include:
1. The totalitarian origins of ‘post-truth’.
2. The emerging language of ‘post-truth’.
3. The demography of ‘post-truth’. Is there a racial or gendered aspect to the concept?
4. ‘Post-truth’ and conceptions of self.
5. Truth as a communal concept.
6. Post-Truth and the Post-human.