GKA SOCIAL 2019

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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.

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.

www.univ-paris-diderot.fr

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.

Tema destacado 2018

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 de Madrid (Spain)

Comunicación pública en la era de la posverdad y hechos alternativos

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:
https://academic.oup.com/ccc/article/11/1/35/4953076
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.108/17409292.2017.1436588
http://www.revue-pouvoirs.fr/Un-guide-critique-des-fake-news-de.html
http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/9339

Broader research overview: ResearchGate | Academia.edu

Dr. Rafael Cabrera

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

El relato seudohistórico  y la posverdad: entre consensos e ilusiones referenciales

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.

Prof. Dante Gallian

Prof. Dante Gallian, PhD – Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Brazil)

La Experiencia de la Literatura en la Era de la Post Verdad

Dante Gallian holds a Ph.D. in Social History from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, and a post-doctorate from the Center de Recherches Historiques of the École des hautes études en sciences social de Paris (EHESS), France. He is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for History and Philosophy of Health Sciences (CeHFi) of the Paulista School of Medicine (EPM) of the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP). Coordinator of the Research Group «Literature and Humanization: health, education and society» and the Reading Laboratory, initiative for which he won the Viva Lectura award from the Ministry of Culture of Brazil, Santillana Foundation and Organization of Ibero-American States. He was a visiting professor at EHESS in Paris and at the Center of Humanities and Health of King’s College London, UK. Researcher funded by FAPESP, CNPq and CAPES is the author of several scientific articles published in international journals and books in the field of Humanities and Health, with emphasis on the work «A Literatura como Remédio: os Clássicos e Saúde da Alma», Editora Martin Claret, 2017 (at present in the second reprint). He is the scientific editor of the International Journal of Medical Humanities (Global Knowledge).

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Universidad de Buenos Aires
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Universidade Estadual Julio Mesquita Filho
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Universidade Estadual Paulista
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Universidad de Buenos Aires
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Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
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Universidad Autónoma de San Luis de Potosí
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