Post-Truth: An Interdisciplinary Exploration

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March 23, 2018
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University of Portsmouth
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CSL Postgraduate Conference- 2018

Post-truth-An Interdisciplinary Exploration

Further to our earlier posting, we would like to announce the final schedule for our one-day conference relating to the topic of "post-truth". 

This one-day event will explore the concept of post-truth from a range of perspectives. Beginning with an exploration of the term’s philosophical and linguistic origins, it will then examine the real-world ramifications of the concept. Speakers will address topics ranging from post-truth’s origins in the work of Harry Frankfurt; evidence of the concept in the writings of Ovid; Medieval equivalents for the concept of post-truth and the relevance of the concept to the modern age. We hope that you will join us to participate in the discussion! A full schedule for the event can be found below:

For more information concerning this event, please contact David Dickson at

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Post-Truth: An Interdisciplinary Exploration

University of Portsmouth

March 24th, 2018


9:30 to 10:00am- Registration and Coffee


Panel One: (10:00am to 11:00)

i) John Williams (University of Portsmouth)- “Post-truth” as a lexical item: frequency, distribution, and co-occurrence

ii) Chloé Muteau-Jaouen (Grenoble University)- What is wrong with post-truth discourses?


11:00 to 11:30 (Coffee break)


Panel Two: (11:30 to 12:30pm)

iii) Nikolaas Deketelaere (Baliol College, University of Oxford)- What Comes After Truth: The Uses and Abuses of Postmodern Philosophy


iv) Dr. Simon Truwant (Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven)- The art of the bullshit: Rereading Frankfurt in the ‘post-truth era’


12:30pm to 1:30 (lunch)


Keynote: Professor Steve Fuller (1:30-2:20pm)


Panel Three: (2:30 to 3:50m)

v) Laura Aresi (Ruprecht-Karls- Universität Heidelberg)- Recognising post-truth in the past: Ovid’s House of Fame and its vocabulary

vi) Jake Parkins (University of Essex)- Can the ontology grounding post-truth politics be understood via Ronald David Laing’s concept of mystification?

vii) Barney Riggs (University of Copenhagen)- “Subjectivity is Truth”: Søren Kierkegaard and Post-Truth Politics



Panel Four: (4:00pm to 5:00)

xiii) Lee Dickson (Royal Holloway, University of London)- ‘Polluted by their foul practices’: A Medieval Post-Truth? An Examination of Anti-Muslim Sentiment During the Time of the First Crusade, c.1073-c.1095

ix) Professor Patrick Parrinder (Emeritus, University of Reading)- True or False? How Lenin Foresaw the Soviet Space Programme


5:00pm to 5:30 (General discussion and closing)