What role does media and communication play in our perception of truth? How is truthful mediation constructed? These issues and much more will be discussed during the conference "Trust Me!" at Linnaeus University on March 10-12, 2021.
On the occasion of the covid-19 pandemic: We are closely monitoring the development of the covid-19 pandemic. We are committed to hosting the conference on the dates that have been announced, either on location in Växjö, or fully online, or as a hybrid conference that incorporated both forms of participation.
This conference addresses issues of truth claims and truthfulness in media in times of “post-truth”, “fake news”, and “alternative facts”. What is the role of media and communication in our perception of truth? How is truthful mediation constructed, and how might intermedial and multimodal concepts and methodological approaches be used to analyse it?
Exploring these questions will help understand current social challenges, the spreading of disinformation as well as the communication of complex subjects like climate change and global migration and contribute to developing digital literacy.
We invite scholars from the fields of media and communication, education, digital humanities, history, film, visual art, literary studies, comics studies, memory studies, musicology, sound studies, linguistics, social and political studies, and museum and archive studies as well as practitioners from news media, arts and literature; archives, libraries and museums; public history, education and teacher training, and the legal profession.
The deadline for the submission of proposals for papers, panels and workshops will be 31 August, 2020. Submission will open 1 May, 2020. Read more about call for papers below.
If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact Beate Schirrmacher or Dagmar Brunow by email: email@example.com
Call for papers
Submit here. Opens May 1, 2020.
In times of “post-truth”, “fake news”, and “alternative facts,” new forms of media and communicative strategies challenge our understanding of how we know something to be true. Most of our knowledge of the world depends on our trust of a reliable source and on the expectations of credibility in different media types, such as newspapers, encyclopædias, novels, documentary and essay films, and social media. However, in the ongoing digitization it becomes clear that truth claims in media are perceived as truthful only under certain conditions. Thus, with this conference we suggest that we need a media-oriented approach to understand truth claims and truthfulness.
The Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies at Linnaeus University has already for some years been investigating the issues of truth claims and truthfulness in media. More specifically, how processes of integration and transformation in and between media affect the communicative strategies for conveying reliable information and creating credibility (see for instance Elleström 2018). Members of the centre have explored the mediation of scientific facts in literature, films, games and teaching, the construction of authenticity in comics or animated films, and the role of media in the courtroom.
With this conference, we wish to further this research and confront current challenges head on in a broader research community. What is the role of media and communication in our perception of truth? How is truthful mediation constructed and how can we analyze it? What significance does the combination of e.g. text, image and sound have in this construction of truthfulness? And how and when can we trust the truth claims of different media?
Exploring these questions will help understand current social challenges posed by conflicting truth claims in news media and politics, or in public debates on, for example, climate change and global migration.
When investigating the truth claims of media and truthfulness in mediation, intermedial and multimodal frameworks provide useful theoretical concepts and methodological approaches. They offer, for instance, useful tools for developing digital literacy. At the 2 (2) same time, intermedial or multimodal approaches also need to address the impact of historical, transnational, and industrial frameworks involved in the production of trustworthy meaning.
This inaugural conference sets out to break new ground by inviting scholars from a wide range of disciplines, among them media and communication, education, digital humanities, history, film, visual art, literary studies, comics studies, memory studies, musicology, sound studies, linguistics, social and political studies, and museum and archive studies.
We also invite practitioners from news media, arts and literature; archives, libraries and museums; public history, education, or the legal profession. The list is not exhaustive.
We welcome proposals for individual papers, panels or workshops. Please submit your proposal via the conference homepage lnu.se/en/trustme by under the headline “Abstract submission”. When submitting your abstract, make sure to use the compulsory word template for abstracts. You find the template on the conference homepage under “Abstract submission”.
Submission of proposal opens May 1, 2020. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2020.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 30 September 2020.
Individual papers will be allocated a time slot for 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion. Proposals need to include the speaker’s name and email address, the title of the paper, an abstract (250 words max), 3–5 keywords and a short bio of the presenter (200 words max).
In order to ensure the coherence of the panels, we encourage the participants to submit proposals for pre-constituted sessions composed of three 20-minute papers.
Proposals need to include the name, email address and affiliation of the panel organiser, the title of the panel, a short explanation of the rationale (up to 200 words), 3–5 keywords and info on the individual papers (titles, abstracts of 250 words and speakers’ bionotes). We highly recommend that speakers on pre-constituted panels come from different institutions.
We welcome proposals for workshops and other session formats. In general, workshops will promote active participation while exploring new ideas. The duration can be up to 2 hours. If you would like to propose a workshop or another session format, please contact the organisers (Beate Schirrmacher and Dagmar Brunow) by email firstname.lastname@example.org in order to discuss its form and content.
Elleström, Lars. "Coherence and truthfulness in communication: Intracommunicational and extracommunicational indexicality " Semiotica, 2018.225 (2018): 423-446. Open access from doi:10.1515/sem-2017-0001
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- Petra Bauer, Royal Institute of Arts Stockholm
- Gunn Enli, University of Oslo
- Kay O’Halloran, University of Liverpool
- Thomas Strässle, Bern University of Arts
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Travel to and within Växjö
There are many different ways to get to and within Växjö. You will find good information at http://www.arrivalguides.com/en/Travelguides/Europe/Sweden/Vaxjo/essentialinformation
From downtown Växjö to Linnaeus University
Public transport in Växjö is bus. Most buses depart from, or pass, the travel center (“resecentrum”). There is also a customer center connected to the travel center. For a number of years, city buses will not pass or stay at the travel center due to the rebuilding and development of the area. City buses will instead depart from Kronobergsgatan in Växjö.
The best way to reach campus is to take bus no. 3 from Växjö travel center, direction “University”. The recommendation is to pay with your credit card. If you pay in cash, an additional fee is added.
Many hotels have a bike, if you prefer. It takes about 20 minutes by bike from downtown to Linnaeus University.
Most taxi-companies proceed from Växjö central station and here you can find available taxicars.
Parking spaces in the University area are relatively poor and you have to pay a parking fee. You will find all parking spaces on the campus map below.
We have pre-booked rooms at the following hotels. Please call or email your booking request with booking code “TRU2021” and you will receive our special price for the conference.
NOTE: The pre-booked rooms can not be booked through the hotel's own website or other third party booking sites. All prices below are exclusive of VAT and are subject to change in 2021.
PM & Vänner Hotell
(single room from 1341 SEK per night)
352 31 VÄXJÖ
You can book by email: email@example.com
Or call +46 (0)470 – 75 97 00
Elite Stadshotell Växjö
(single room from 1038 SEK per night)
Kungsgatan 6, Box 198
352 33 VÄXJÖ
You can book by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call +46 (0)470 – 134 00
Elite Park hotel Växjö
(single room from 1018 SEK per night)
V. Esplanaden 10-14
351 06 VÄXJÖ
You can book by email: email@example.com
Or call +46 (0)470 – 70 22 00
Teleborgs Slott (Teleborgs Castle)
(single room from 866 SEK per night)
351 96 VÄXJÖ
You can book by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call +46 (0)470 – 34 89 80
(single room from 710 SEK per night)
Norra Esplanaden 21A
352 31 VÄXJÖ
You can book by email: email@example.com
Or call +46 (0)470 – 225 80