Call For Papers: Conference on Issues of Fact [Sep 24-26, Netherlands]; Submit by May 15

A three-day conference is being organized by Jeanne Gaakeer and Frans-Willem Korsten between September 24-26,  2015 at Erasmus School of Law & Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication – Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.


The Pathologies of Fact and the Fictitious in Law and the Humanities

Deadline application: A proposal of max. 300 words should be sent to before May 15th, 2015.

Call for papers

We invite contributions from scholars who are working in the interdisciplinary domains of Literature and Law and, more broadly, Law and Humanities in order to include other (interdisciplinary) fields, such as philosophy, law and theatre studies, law and film studies, cultural legal studies, and law and technology.

We invite contributions on one or more of the following  aspects of the matter  on the basis of the following questions:

1. Has the establishment of facts become a matter of scientific expertise that, in some sense, lies beyond the horizon of cognition and control of those judging the case?

2. Does the court of law’s prerogative to establish the facts still get the respect it once had in a ‘society of the spectacle’, engendered by modern (social) media that pit parties against one another and declare people to be guilty before they have had the ability to defend themselves in a court of law?

3. Has the establishment of fact become a matter of juridico-political-societal concern because formerly distinguished and accepted forms of subjectivity have now become mixed or blurred due to recent developments in technology?

4. Have the powers of those who manipulate or fabricate facts  grown stronger so that in a growing number of cases, legal and otherwise, the very establishment of what happened has become  almost impossible?

5.  What would be the philosophical or strategic requirements for a critical response to our contemporary perceptions of the malleability of facts?

Send your proposal of max. 300 words to before May 15th, 2015.

We intend to publish the outcome of the conference and will therefore be working with texts of 3000-5000 words (notes excluded) being sent in beforehand, if your proposal is selected.

We envision an event where not so much academic presentations, but discussion or dialogue is primary, so selection will be based on the quality of the proposal to bring in new perspectives or provoke discussion.

Kindly note that a conference fee will be charged.

More information on the theme is HERE.

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