Around the World Web Conference on Digital Media in a Post-Truth Era
The Around the World Conference, organized by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Alberta, is an experiment that brings together a research dialogue without the environmental cost of traditional conferences. Institutes and researchers are invited to participate either through presenting or by joining in the discussion. The conference is live-streamed world-wide and archived after the event.
This year’s conference, Digital Media in a Post-Truth Era, will take place on May 4, 2017, and will feature speakers from the Internet Archive, Maynooth University's Institute for the Humanities, the Digital Humanities Research Group (DHRG) at Western Sydney University, Texas A&M University's Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, Université de Montréal and the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur les humanités numériques, UC Irvine's Film and Media Studies, Fordham University Libraries, Haifa University, University of Malta, and the University of Alberta and University of Alberta Libraries.
For more information and the schedule see: http://aroundtheworld.ualberta.ca
Why the theme of “Digital Media in a Post-Truth Era”?
The unfolding of recent political events in the United States has sparked much debate around ‘fake news,’ disinformation and trustworthiness on the web. We hope to use these developments as a starting point for a broader discussion of how digital media has challenged and/or unsettled our notion of truth. The conference theme of ‘post-truth’ is loosely-defined and we welcome considerations of this topic from a wide range of perspectives: from the algorithmic to the philosophical. We welcome, as well, discussion of ‘post-truth’ as a notion reflecting a certain insularity and how questions of the ‘truthiness’ and the web resonate differently across the world.
Watch live at http://aroundtheworld.ualberta.ca and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #ATW2017!