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Oct 7 - Oct 8
16:00 - 16:30
Conference - The Politics of (Post) Truth
Cumberland Lodge colloquium 2018

The post-truth phenomenon raises difficult questions for politicians, philosophers and the public alike: have we lost trust in the media and other key institutions of the state? How might we rebuild it? Can we reassert the role of academic knowledge in contemporary political debate? How might politicians construct healthier political debate in the face of the corrosion of the 'truthfulness' of political, academic and journalistic discourse?Responding to these questions, and in the shadow of the 2016 Brexit Referendum and Donald Trump's presidential election victory, the conference explores the following key questions:How can we better understand 'post-truth'? Does 'post-truth' represent a genuinely new form of politics? And if so, was there ever a 'truth' politics and what led to its collapse?What does the future hold for post-truth politics? What role, if any, do politicians, academics and the media have to play in 'armouring' politics against the perceived threat of post-truth discourse? Are we in danger of reifying a phenomenon that may not really exist?In exploring these core questions, The Politics of (Post) Truth conference responds to the fact that this phenomenon has attracted significant popular commentary, but little in-depth analysis. The Politics of (Post) Truth challenges existing assumptions and examines shifting notions of truth in an age of increasing political volatility. The conference will be of interest to students, academics and media practitioners, and to anyone concerned by the direction of contemporary politics, journalism and philosophy. The Politics of (Post) Truth draws together different sectors of society and offers a unique opportunity to examine key socio-political questions and interrogate the emergence of the post-truth world.

Confirmed speakers include:Julian Baggini, Philosopher and Author, A Short History of Truth: Consolations for a Post-Truth WorldFergus Bell, Founder, Dig Deeper MediaDr Jen Birks, Assistant Professor, University of NottinghamDr Steve Fuller, Chair in Social Epistemology, University of WarwickDr Michael Hannon, Deputy Director, Institute of Philosophy, University of LondonDr Darren G. Lilleker, Associate Professor, Bournemouth UniversityProfessor Chris Rojek, Professor of Sociology, City University LondonProfessor Jane Singer, Professor of Innovation Journalism, City, University of LondonDr Mark Wheeler, Professor of Political Communication, London Metropolitan UniversityProfessor James Williams, Honorary Professor of Philosophy, Deakin UniversityPeter York, President, The Media Society

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Cumberland Lodge
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Open to Everyone: academics, students, general public. ,

Tickets - £45-£125 -  50% discount & student bursaries available if you email organiser

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