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Online Conference: Digital Truth Making: Ethnographic Perspectives on Practices, Infrastructures and Affordances of Truth-Making in Digital Societies

 Export to Your Calendar 10/7/2020 to 10/9/2020
When: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Where: Online

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The German Association of Cultural Anthropology and Folklore Studies (GACAFS) is holding the online conference “Digital Truth Making: Ethnographic Perspectives on Practices, Infrastructures and Affordances of Truth-Making in Digital Societies," October 7-9, 2020. The event is the 7th conference of the Section “Digitization in Everyday Life” of the GACAFS (dgv), hosted by the Institute for European Ethnology & the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH) at the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany).

The conference addresses the fact that the ubiquity of digital infrastructures has brought about numerous drastic changes to a globalized world. One of the most pressing socio-political questions in this context is how digitization has changed the ways in which particular truths are enacted and established in everyday life. While the vague concept of “post-truth” has played a major role in public discussions on political and societal meaning-making throughout the last years, there is a lack of analytical contributions offering insights into the everyday information and knowledge practices in the “post-truth” era, especially when it comes to the particular role that digital technologies play in this context. Thus, the core objective of the international conference “Digital Truth-Making” is to provide empirical insights, conceptual approaches and theoretical reflections on how the making of truths is increasingly entangled in complex digital infrastructures and dependent on the relation between human activities and programmed algorithms.

The conference builds on dynamic digital formats beyond established (non-digital) conference structures. The aim is to explore new means of conference participation and interaction online by combining pre-produced audio-visual presentations, in-depth live discussions and online socializing. The participation is free of charge, but due to the interactive nature of the online sessions the number of participants is limited. Free registration is open until September 21, 2020. You can find all details, the full conference program as well as the registration form on the conference website.

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