A resource pack shared with delegates ahead of our October 2018 Colloquium

Published Date: 
Sunday, 23 September 2018
Authorship: 
Cumberland Colloquium Committee 2018

 

The Politics of (Post) Truth conference brought together academics, politicians, media practitioners, and members of the public in two days of collaborative exchange, aiming to revisit the prevailing understanding of what has popularly been labelled ‘post-truth’ politics.

The conference brought together three, closely linked, disciplines – politics, philosophy and journalism – to explore new and shifting perspectives on this topic and establish an interdisciplinary understanding of ‘post-truth’.

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 responded to the fact that this phenomenon has attracted significant popular commentary, but little in-depth analysis. The event challenged existing assumptions and examined shifting notions of truth in an age of increasing political volatility.

The Colloquim committee members for 2018 were:

  • Laura Garcia, University of Kent
  • Dr Chris Henry, University of Kent
  • Guillermo Reyes Pascual, University of Kent

Find out more about our Colloquia Scheme here.  Applications to organise and host a colloquium in Spring 2020 will open in January 2019.