Lies. Alternative Expressions of Reality
“The philosophy of lying can be full of dark corners” (Saint Augustine, On Lying, 395 A.D.). Over time, in all spheres of the human experience, the attempts to define the concept of ‘lying’ have been numerous and have resulted in a dichotomous relationship with either ‘truth’ or ‘reality’. Both elusive and tempting, lying is a mode of communicate and influence others’ beliefs and behaviours which reveals itself in a wide range of forms: imagination, creation, invention, artifice, (dis)simulation, omission, pretence, change, disfiguration, deception, forgery, manipulation, etc.
The UNIOR’s Third Graduate Conference aims to question the varied aspects of lying in all the Humanities Disciplines, deploying an interdisciplinary as well as dialogical approach, with the end of providing an opportunity for reflection and discussion on the topic among young European scholars.
Possible lines of investigation might be:
- Sociolinguistics, pragmatics and semantics of lying: verbal and nonverbal signs of the liar
- The ‘sounds’ of lies Syntax of lying: puns, conventions, linguistic registers and codes, elusive, reticent and elliptical forms, modifiers, epistemic predicates
- Lying in comparative linguistics Linguistic manipulation: lies in political, colonial, identity and gender discourses.
TEXTS AND CONTEXTS OF LIES
- Matters of textual criticism: embellishments and manipulations of copyists/scribes, author variations, compulsive and deliberate corrections
- Original literary forms: copy, re-writes, copyrights, imitation, volunteer plagiarism, parody, censorship and omissions
- Literary translation: author vs. publisher
- Ambiguity of the concept of authenticity: false attribution of authorship, anonymous works, relationship between fiction and truth in narratives, self-narratives
- Text and 'Power': concealment and (self)censorship in hegemonic narratives, 'State Art'.
“ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE”
- Creation/Dissimulation of the self: masks, negotiations, social roles, gender identity and race, everyday performance, ritualized behaviours
- Creation/Dissimulation of common sense: manipulation of information (mass/social media, fake news), ideological disseminations, myth of ‘total transparency’, social rituals
- Creations/Artistic dissimulations: representation and disorientation in the dynamic and audio-visual arts (augmented reality, documentary films, expanded cinema, musical performances), patronage, art schools.