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Make Believe: Fact, Fiction, Friction (February 2013)
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The Dalhousie Review
Make Believe: Fact, Fiction, and Friction
The line between fact and fiction has never been certain, but in this “age of information” it seems to be increasingly ambiguous. The enormous popularity of the collaboratively edited online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, is a notable example of our need to ask how and by whom facts get established and evaluated. Historically, universities have devoted themselves to the pursuit of such questions, but that may be changing with the growing pervasiveness of corporate managerial models that construe students as consumers and scholars as knowledge producers, both of whom are rewarded for the “mobilization” of knowledge that can be readily instrumentalized as fact. What forms of knowledge are undervalued in such a scenario? What, for example, of the truths found in fiction? What of Thomas King’s contention that “the truth about stories is that’s all we are”? With these things in mind, The Dalhousie Review invites submissions for a special issue on the friction between fact and fiction and the value of “make believe.”
Make Believe is scheduled for publication in May 2013. In keeping with the spirit of The Review – to promote the “free discussion of contemporary problems”—contributors are asked to approach the material in a manner that is widely accessible and relevant to ongoing debates.
Essays might address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
Essays should be between 5000 and 7000 words and should conform to the guidelines published on our website (http://dalhousiereview.dal.ca/submit.html#articles). Submissions are due by 1 February 2012, and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.