THE HUMANITIES CENTER
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY, DETROIT, MI 48202
2013 FALL SYMPOSIUM "TRUTH"
CALL FOR PAPERS
The search for Truth has been the symbolic theme and central object of most
academic, intellectual, and spiritual enterprises. Whether or not we believe
in "Objectivity," Truth keeps its imaginative hold and psychological power
on us as scholars, critics, private individuals, and public citizens. We
want to know the Truth; but as Colonel Jessup rebukes navy defense counsel
Kaffee in A Few Good Men, we "can't handle the Truth."
So what is the Truth and what role does it play in our public culture, our
scholarly work, and our private lives? Many of us find the Truth, or our
perception of it, inconvenient and not infrequently uncivil and
inappropriate, even rude.
We are discomforted by raw honesty but also taken aback by abject lying,
willful deception, and blatant manipulation of the "Facts." And this
obsession with Truth, and with its opposite--Lies, pervades our culture. Is
it any wonder there's a new television program called "Deception," or that
the presidential debates of 2012 were rife with accusations of lying and
dishonesty? Or that Lies about money and its uses still haunt our
descriptions of the recent banking crisis and economic downturn?
Using Truth as a theme, scholars are invited to present papers on
philosophical, literary, social, political, historical, and artistic
representations of the Truth and the role Truth plays in our public culture
and our everyday lives.
The annual Fall Symposium of the Humanities Center at WSU is being planned
to take place between late September and early October 2013.
Please submit the abstract for your paper to Walter Edwards, Director of the
Humanities Center, 2226 FAB or email it to [log in to unmask] by April
19, 2013. Authors of selected papers will be notified by May 9, 2013.
THE HUMANITIES CENTER
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Phone: (313) 577-5471
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