Over the past five years, especially following the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States, the term “post-truth” had been taking global concern and challenge over the humanity condition. The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘post-truth’ as the situation in which public discourse is shaped by emotions, personal belief, or ‘felt truth’ rather than objective facts and scholarly findings. Attempts to analyze the various phenomena that characterize “post-truth era” have been taken by philosophers, political commentators, journalists, historians, sociologists, psychologists, and cultural critics. Indonesia too, has just experienced a massive and widespread experience of post-truth during the last general election, especially at the presidential election. Hoaxes, false news and fabricated information were massively spread and mostly accepted as facts and truth by a large part of Indonesian public.
Post-truth poses a challenge for academia, scholarship and philosophy by leading to a situation which can be called as the “dead of expertise” (Tom Nicols 2017) and the “dead of scholarship”. Academics institutions are in the threat of losing their authority in producing objective facts and scholarship not because its capability in doing so is weakening, but because they do not always comfort public sentiments and dominant groups’ beliefs.
How has humanity arrived at a ‘post-truth’ condition? Does post-truth have anything to do with other historical periods? How does ‘post-truth’ relate to other modes of counterfactual or fictional reasoning? How can we cope with, or even remedy the ‘post-truth condition’? And what, if anything, comes after ‘post-truth’? What strategies, models and formats of scholarship, social, cultural and political response to post-truth condition?
The conference aims to mediate critical and fundamental apprehension of post-truth as a social, political, cultural, ideological and philosophical issue, at a global level and Indonesian-national level. The Conference attempts to bring together the current theoretical debates, studies and research on post-truth from various settings of time and space within global and Indonesian context. For that purpose, we are inviting theorists, scholars, researchers and practitioners working in the fields of, but NOT LIMITED to, philosophy, political science, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, religious studies, human geography, psychology, public policy studies, media studies, citizenship, criminology, maritime studies, education, international relations, sexuality, history, language and legal studies.