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Beyond Reality: Post-Intellectualism and the Re/Emergence of Subjective Truths

Departmental Event

Start Date: Apr 10, 2020 - 12:00pm
End Date: Apr 11, 2020 - 10:00pm

Location: University of New Mexico

Come join us for the 12th Annual Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference and Workshop!

The destabilization of truth and rejection of authority is a powerful force. Although the terms “anti-intellectual”
and “post-truth” were coined relatively recently, such terms connote trends which often reappear in different
guises. The consequences of these trends translate into a growing and widespread distrust of authority. The
prevalence of this phenomenon necessitates a discussion of subjectivism, rejection of scientific innovation,
propaganda, political climates, societal conflict, and other concepts related to subjective and objective notions of
reality. In any period of such upheaval, we must ask: How have waves of anti-intellectualism and subjective
truths ebbed and flowed in different periods? What can it mean to be “beyond reality”? Perhaps the credo, “I
think, therefore I am,” is better expressed as “I think, therefore I am right” (as illustrated by meme artist Shovel).
We are looking for papers discussing truth, post-truth, and illusion in society and cultural representations.
We pose these questions specifically to fields pertaining to literature, anthropology, cultural studies, classical
studies, digital humanities, philosophy, art history, history, and sociology, but gladly welcome submissions from
all fields pertaining to the topic of the conference..

For additonal information including possible session topics, how to contribute, and the conference structure, click here to view the flyer