Call for Papers 20192018-11-06T19:31:41+00:00

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2019 Highlighted Theme

The post-truth and the creation of knowledge

The term post-truth is a neologism to describe a situation that, at the time of creating and modeling public opinion, makes objective facts have less influence than invocations to emotions and personal beliefs. In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary chose this term as the word of the year 2016. Many publishers say they have observed an increase of two thousand percent in the use of the term in written media. They attribute the increase to the referendum on Brexit, in Great Britain, and to the presidential election process that gave Trump the victory in the United States. For many people, the post-truth is lie, falsehood or hidden gyp. It is also a concept that can disguise the traditional political propaganda and the use of public relations and strategic communication as instruments of manipulation and propaganda. These situations, by the way, have accompanied us for centuries. However, at the present post-truth acquires notoriety since the propaganda fictions acquire more value. We prefer to create myths before analyzing objectively. In addition, prejudice and irrational diatribe have subordinated objective argumentation. As a result, the underlying problem is that this post-truth touches the spheres of political power, but it also manifests itself in other structures, institutions, conditions and social and cultural groups: work, ethics, education, business, the family, the media, religions, among others. This will take precedence about how to base and assess facts in society and the world in general.

Plenary Speakers

Alan MacLane-Alejos

Alan McLane-Alejos – Independent Scholar / Film Industry Professional (USA)

Latin American Cinema: Building National Identities in a Post Truth Era

Film Curator and Media Consultant based in León, México. Since graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, has been involved as Film Programmer and Jury Member at major international film festivals in México, USA and India. Alan lectured Film Studies at Universidad DeLa Salle Bajio, and has researched on Cultural Studies and Media topics as an independent scholar. Currently works as Film Program Associate for Cine Las Americas International Film Festival in Austin, TX.

In the light of a Post Truth context in politics and social sciences, it is relevant to explore the process involved with the perception and building of national identities. Cinema represents a useful analytical tool in order to reflect and build knowledge around several realities from Latin America such territory, immigration, society and human rights among others. This region of the world is a vast sociocultural hub where political agendas from the government often clash with local narratives. In his speech, the relationship between post truth and cinema will be presented through a selection of movies where this confrontation of ideas takes place.

Carlos Elías

Prof. Carlos Elías, PhD – Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (Spain)

Public communication in the post-truth era and alternative facts

Carlos Elías is a professor of journalism at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He specialized in Science, Technology and Public Opinion at the London School of Economics (one year as a visiting fellow) and at Harvard University (another year as visiting scholar). He worked as a journalist in the Efe Agency (political and local) and as a science correspondent in the newspaper El Mundo (some of his reports were published as a book in Science through Journalism, Nivola, 2003). Besides academic research (he was granted the Young Researcher Excellence Award in 2012), he has published the university manuals Fundamentos de Periodismo Científico (Alianza Editorial, 2008, 2014) and Big data y periodismo en la sociedad red  (Síntesis, 2015), as well as, among others, the essays Telebasura y periodismo (Libertarias, 2004); La razón estrangulada. La crisis de la ciencia en la sociedad contemporánea (Debate-Penguin-Random-House, 2008, 2014, 2015) and El selfie de Galileo. Sofware social, político e intelectual del siglo XXI  (Peninsula-Grupo Planeta, 2015). His current line and research project is big data, social networks and data journalism. He collaborates sporadically in media such as RNE, TVE and El Mundo. His next book will be Rationality on the Ropes (Springer-Nature, 2018 -foreseen-).

Jason Harsin

Prof. Jayson Harsin, PhD – The American University of Paris (France)

Post-Truth Political Communication and Liberal Democracy: Origins and Futures

Jayson Harsin (PhD Northwestern University) is Associate Professor of Global Communication and International & Comparative Politics at The American University of Paris. His work appears in multiple edited collections and journals such as The International Journal of Communication, Communication, Culture & Critique, Communication, and French Politics, Culture & Society,  and has especially focused on on post-truth media, politics and culture. His first of two volumes on post-truth politics and society, Regimes of Post-truth: Rumor Bombs, Fake News and Vertiginous Democracy is currently under review for publication.

Recent research on post-truth politics, fake news, and social movements:

Broader research overview: ResearchGate | Academia.edu

Dr. Rafael Cabrera

Prof. Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo, Ph.D. – Univ. Interamericana de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

The pseudohistorical story and the post-truth: between consensuses and referential illusions

Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo has a PhD in History from the University of Puerto Rico, in Río Piedras. He has realized postdoctoral studies in the universities of Oxford, in England, and in Bologna, in Italy. Currently, he is in charge of the position of Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and holds the rank of Professor of History at the same institution. Cabrera is dedicated to work about visual semiology and the effect of the mass media on daily life. It also researches aspects related to social and economic history at the conjuncture of the Spanish-American War, especially in the areas of microhistory and regional history. His research work has been published inside and outside of Puerto Rico, standing out his book Los dibujos del progreso: el mundo caricaturesco de Filardi y la crítica al desarrollismo muñocista, 1950-1960 (The drawings of progress: the caricature world of Filardi and the critique of muñocista developmentalism, 1950-1960). He has published several essays about culture of music video in the 1980s. He has given lectures and has offered seminars about visual image studies in universities in Mexico, Spain and Colombia, highlighting the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia.


Cultural Studies

  • Role of social, political, and cultural interactions in the development of identity.
  • Personal identity as a function of an individual’s culture, time, place, geography, interaction with groups, influences from institutions, and lived experiences.
  • Role of diversity within and among cultures.
  • Aspects of culture such as belief systems, religious faith, or political ideals as influences on other parts of a culture such as its institutions or literature, music, and art.
  • Cultural diffusion and change over time as facilitating different ideas and beliefs.

History, Geography, Humans and the Environment

  • History as a formal study that applies research methods.
  • Reading, reconstructing, and interpreting events.
  • Analyzing causes and consequences of events and developments.
  • Considering competing interpretations of events.
  • Relationship between human populations and the physical world (people, places, and environments).
  • Impact of human activities on the environment.
  • Interactions between regions, locations, places, people, and environments.
  • Spatial patterns of place and location.

Development and Transformation of Social Structures

  • The natural and the social: interdisciplinary studies.
  • Role of social class, systems of stratification, social groups, and institutions.
  • Role of gender, race, ethnicity, education, class, age, and religion in defining social structures within a culture.
  • Social and political inequalities.
  • Expansion and access of rights through concepts of justice and human rights.
  • The influence of education.
  • The role of the media.

Power, Authority, and Governance

  • Power, Authority, and Governance.
  • Purposes, characteristics, and functions of various governance systems as they are practiced.
  • Individual rights and responsibilities as protected and challenged within the context of majority rule.
  • Fundamental principles and values of constitutional democracy.
  • Origins, uses, and abuses of power.
  • Conflict, diplomacy, and war.
  • The role of mass media and the Internet.

Civic Ideals and Practices

  • Basic freedoms, rights and responsibilities of citizens in democracies.
  • Role of the citizen in the community and nation, and as a member of the global community.
  • Civic participation and engagement.
  • Respect for diversity.
  • Civic ideals and practices in countries other than democracies.
  • Struggle for rights, access to citizenship rights, and universal human rights.

Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems

  • Production, distribution, and consumption.
  • Scarcity of resources and the challenges of meeting wants and needs.
  • Supply/demand and the coordination of individual choices.
  • Economic systems. Economic policies.
  • Trade, interdependence, and globalization.
  • Role of government in the economy.
  • Personal finance.

Science, Technology, and Innovation

  • Scientific and intellectual theories, findings, discoveries, and philosophies.
  • Applications of science and innovations in transportation, communication, military technology, navigation, agriculture, and industrialization.
  • Relationship between science, technology, and innovation and social, cultural, and economic change.
  • Social construction of science and technology.

Global Connections and Exchange

  • Past, current, and likely future global connections and interactions.
  • Cultural diffusion; the spread of ideas, beliefs, technology, and goods.
  • Role of technology.
  • Benefits/consequences of global interdependence (social, political, economic).
  • Causes and patterns of migration.
  • Tension between national interests and global priorities.



This type of session is best suited for works about investigations already undertaken or academic papers. The authors will present a summary of their work (purpose, procedures, results or products). The formal oral presentation of the work should be limited to 15 minutes. Presentations will be grouped according to the theme or perspective of these thematic sessions (which can be 60, 75 or 90 minutes) with a question/answer time and group discussion after all presentations. All rooms will be equipped with projectors for presentations in PDF or PPT.


This format is ideal for presenting the preliminary results of work in progress or for projects that are rendered in posters or panels. In these sessions (usually about 40 minutes), the authors have the opportunity to exhibit their work and participate in an informal discussion with other attendees. Each poster must include a brief summary of the purpose and work procedures. The dimensions of the poster should not exceed 85 cm wide by 110 cm long.


This type of session is best suited to teach or demonstrate certain procedures, skills or techniques. Some considerations that are appropriate for this session format are for example: a demonstration, performance, presentation, discussion or dialogue with the public. These sessions are usually scheduled for about 30 minutes and should be structured so that any explanatory information or input is provided and there is sufficient time for interaction with the public time, participation and involvement.

Congress Venue

Université Paris Diderot

Université Paris Diderot, also known as Paris 7 is one of the heirs of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Paris (together with Paris 6), which, founded in the mid-12th century, was one of the earliest universities established in Europe. Featuring two Nobel Prize laureates, two Fields Medal winners and two former French Ministers of Education among its faculty or former faculty, the university is famous for its teaching in science, especially in mathematics. The university also hosts many others disciplines: currently, there are 2300 educators and researchers, 1100 administrative personnel and 26,000 students studying humanities, science, and medicine. In 2012, the university completed its move in its new ultra-modern campus in the Paris Rive Gauche neighborhood.




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Early Registration
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Final Registration
295 EUR

Available until June 17, 2019


Special Rates


Participants who won’t present a paper.

225 EUR

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Professors and students of the host university.

195 EUR

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Price per person for groups of 5 or more participants. More info here.

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  • Attendance at all sessions and presentations of the congress.
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  • Presentation of 1 paper in a parallel session (not included in visitors registration). If you wish to present more than one paper please contact us.
  • Printed congress program + congress bag.
  • Discounts on hotels and flights.
  • The option to submit the full article for publishing on The International Social Sciences Review.

  • Discount of 50 USD/EUR in the registration fee for future congresses.

  • Registration does not include extras: accommodation, tours, lunch and dinner.

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