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(ONLINE) Fake News and Authenticity - International Interdisciplinary Conference (Online Conference)

Organization: InMind Support
Event: Online Conference
Categories: Postcolonial, Digital Humanities, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, World Literatures, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2021-05-20 to 2021-05-21 Abstract Due: 2021-05-07

Virtual Conference via Zoom


Since the postmodern movements such as pop and hyperrealist art or literary genres  ?  new journalism and creative non-fiction – questioned the status of the real and the imitated, the concept of authenticity has called for a constant reevaluation. Walter Benjamin’s 1935 assumption that “the presence of the original is the prerequisite to the concept of authenticity” has been called into question with the corporate and advertising practice continually rebranding the concept of authenticity to suit mass consumers’ needs. Why is it then that within the contemporary culture the notion of authenticity is still heavily linked with spiritual awakening and happiness? To what extent do authenticity and individuality function as mere commercial products and advertising slogans? Have they over time become shallow romantic ideals or do they still hold the substance to be discovered and implemented into one’s line of thinking and living? What makes authenticity creatively attractive to artists, thinkers and spiritual teachers? Can authenticity be defined, measured, conceptualized in the contemporary context of relativism? Is it at all possible to separate truth from untruth in the world of fake news?

During our interdisciplinary conference, we strive to discuss the contemporary status of authenticity and fake news. We invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: literary studies, film studies, theatre studies, media studies, art, history, anthropology, psychology, sociology, politics, philosophy, cognitive studies, to name a few.

Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical inquiries, personal reflections, problem-oriented arguments, comparative analyses and creative expressions.

We will be happy to hear from experienced scholars and young academics, doctoral and graduate students, as well as professionals from various disciplines. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.

Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:

Authenticity and historical narratives
Global, local and individual authenticity
Fake news as a historical phenomenon
Fake news and social conflicts
Fake news and the coronavirus pandemic
Fake news and mass hysteria
Fake news and haterage
Fake news and mental health
Fake news, exclusion and loneliness
Authenticity and self-growth
Authenticity and shame
Authenticity and vulnerability
Fake news and media
Social media marketing and authenticity
Freedom of speech
Fake news and censorship
Political fake news
Fake news and propaganda
Intended versus unintended fake news
Authenticity and ethics
Authenticity in the arts
Realism, hyperrealism and naturalism
Authenticity and mimesis
Authenticity and intertextuality
Authenticity and autofiction
Authenticity and creativity
Authenticity and adaptation
Authenticity and documentary films
Fake literature
Fake artists
Fake authenticity

?Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 5 May 2021  to: inconferenceoffice@gmail.com 



Conference Office