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Humanist Archives: March 3, 2022, 6:27 a.m. Humanist 35.564 - events: fact/fiction, trust/distrust (Tilburg)

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 564.
        Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
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        Date: 2022-03-02 17:10:08+00:00
        From: Sander Verhaegh <>
        Subject: Call for abstracts: 2nd TSHD Digital Humanities Symposium: Fact and Fiction, Trust and Distrust

Fact and Fiction, Trust and Distrust
2nd TSHD Digital Humanities Symposium

Call for abstracts

How do we calibrate or modulate our (dis)trust when it comes to sources of
information, given limited resources of time and attention?  How do we decide
what sources and voices to trust in our present media landscape, where an 
unprecedented number of resources for (mis)information and entertainment is
available?   Why do people with different world views interpret the same data
differently, or have altogether different views on what constitutes factual
information in the first place?

In our ‘post-truth age’, public opinion appears less influenced by objective
facts and more by personal beliefs. Companies, media, and influencers enter into
competition for capturing and retaining our attention.  In both online and
offline media, we see a blurring of the lines between factual and fictional
discourse.  Online echo chambers and algorithmic biases lead to a pervasive
influence of confirmation bias and filter bubbles. Increasing political
polarization and the mainstreaming of conspiracy thought amount to a deep-seated
distrust of groups outside of the own community, and of things as they seem. In
journalism, fact checking is often posed as an objective remedy to this fake
news crisis, while traditional gatekeepers like mainstream journalistic media,
experts, and scientists have lost some of their standing.  The question of truth
seems to increasingly be replaced by the question ‘who tells the most compelling

Times of rapid transformation can give us the opportunity to rethink our fields
of research and education as well as their main concepts and values. With this
event, we aim to answer such questions from a variety of disciplinary
perspectives. We invite speakers to present on a broad range of topics
including, but not limited to, the cognitive (e.g., studies of beliefs and
bias), arts and media (e.g., truth and fiction in literature, television and
film, or news websites), philosophical (e.g., the ontology and semantics of fact
and fiction), Artificial Intelligence (e.g., virtual reality; algorithmic
creativity; automatic analyses of discourse to trace polarization, fake news,
content featuring conspiracy theories and others) and  communication and
information studies (e.g., online misinformation; the role of truth-finding on
social media). Submitted papers should feature digital humanities methods or
include reflections on digital media and technologies.

This two-day, hybrid symposium—part on-site at the campus of Tilburg University,
part online—brings together scholars from a range of disciplines, including
Philosophy, Culture Studies, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cultural,
Literary and Media Studies, Communication and Information Sciences, and
Cognitive Science, to engage in a cross-disciplinary dialogue on these matters.
The event includes keynotes, a range of talks, and a number of specialist panels
on Digital Humanities research.

Keynote speakers:

Emar Maier (University of Groningen)
Miriam Metzger (UC Santa Barbara)
Martina Raponi (Willem de Kooning Academy)
Dirk Hovy (Bocconi University)

Submit a 300-word anonymized abstract (excluding references), consisting of the
title and a short description of your proposed paper to Easychair
<> by April 15, 2022.

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