Academica 2017 focuses on post-truth society
The German-Estonian conference Academica takes place on 16-17 November and discusses the information manipulation and the use of propaganda during the recent elections, as well as its effects on security and public opinion.
The conference consists of two parts. On the first day, 16 November, Estonian and German experts and researchers discuss in panel sessions three domains where the concept of “post-truth” is especially influential: security, elections and media. On the second day, 17 November, masterclasses with German experts on post-truth issues are held at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies. The speakers of the conference include Boris Reitschuster, the author of the biography of Vladimir Putin, and Silvia Stöber, a journalist with extensive expertise on South Caucasus.
Andrey Makarychev, the main organiser of the conference and Visiting Professor of UT Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies explains the theme of the conference “Post-truth, Post-society, Post-post“ as follows: “Oxford Dictionaries announced “post-truth” as the Word of the Year in 2016, a word meant to denote circumstances where objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. Several manipulative tools are used in the media, emphasis is put on emotions and even all the fact-checking in the world does not protect the media consumers from unreliable information.”
The conference is organized by the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies within the framework of German-Estonian academic week Academica, supported by the Federation of Employers' Associations of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The programme of the conference is available on the conference website.
For more information, please contact: Andrey Makarychev, Visiting Professor, andrey.makarychev [ät] ut.ee.
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Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
University of Tartu
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