A selection of short films on the theme of post-truth. Interdisciplinary online conference

Ieropoulos, Fil (2020) A selection of short films on the theme of post-truth. Interdisciplinary online conference. In: Psychoanalysis “Post-truth”: US Election Special, Freud Museum London (online conference).

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If so, how can psychoanalysis and other fields of thought help us illuminate the contours of this predicament? Misinformation, misinterpretation and outright lies have been part of public discourse since the ancient world. However, what strikes us today is the imperviousness of falsehoods to correction through the presentation of facts. This phenomenon first caught public attention following the Brexit vote and election of Donald Trump – and in the past months, has massively intensified in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The poorly-defined term ‘post-truth’ indexes a series of contemporary political and psychic phenomena, including the collapse of traditional media and rise of social media; the ascendancy of extreme rightwing politicians; and the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories including ‘anti-vaxxers’, ‘COVID-truthers’, and ‘Q-Anon’. Moreover, contemporary political antagonisms in the field of gender (from #MeToo to men’s rights, and from non-binary to trans exclusionary feminism) and race (from BLM to the so-called refugee crisis) have put the question of social justice face to face with problems of libidinal enjoyment, identification, and the manipulability of meaning. On the cusp of the US presidential election and deepening political uncertainty around the world, this interdisciplinary digital conference brings critical and psychoanalytic interventions to bear on the question of politics and public discourse in the midst of the apparent collapse of trust in scientific and authoritative knowledge.

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Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2021 09:10
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URI: https://bnu.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/18165

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