Centre for Studies in Literature

Postgraduate Conference 2018

Post-Truth: An Interdisciplinary Exploration

March 24th 2018, University of Portsmouth
Dennis Sciama Building, rooms 1.10 to 1.12.

This one-day conference 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 the 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 modern Etheopian conflict. We hope that you will join us to participate in the discussion! A full schedule for the event can be found below:


Professor Steve Fuller (University of Warwick)


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

10:00 to 11:30am - Panel One

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?

11:30am to 12:00noon - Coffee break

12:00noon to 1:00pm - Panel Two

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’

1:00 to 1:45pm - Lunch

1:45 to 2:30pm - Keynote: Professor Steve Fuller

2:30 to 3:50pm - Panel Three

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

4:00 to 5:30pm - Panel Four

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 

x) Juweria Ali (University of Westminster)- Post-truth and Post-colonial Inquiry into the Ogadeni Conflict


Book your place

Further information

For more details please contact david.dickson@port.ac.uk.