Date: October 7-8 2018
Chair: Keynote Talk
Cumberland Lodge’s 2018 Colloquium brought together academics, politicians, media practitioners, and members of the public in two days of collaborative exchange to explore new and shifting perspectives on this topic and establish an interdisciplinary understanding of ‘post-truth’.
“Chaired by Allie Elwell, founder of the Beyond Brussels podcast, the conference’s Keynote session offered a lively dialogue between Dr Julian Baggini, philosopher and author of A Short History of Truth: Consolations for a Post-Truth World, and journalist James Ball, author of Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World exploring the nature of truth and the declining importance of accuracy in swaying public opinion. Drawing examples from the £350,000,000 NHS Brexit narrative and the result of the US election, the speakers dissected post-truth, illustrating how in recent political discourse an emotive narrative has trumped (excuse the pun) fact in garnering support from the voting population. Raising as many questions as it answered, the insightful discussion gave plenty of food for thought as the session closed and delegates made their way to a drinks reception and dinner, bringing an end to the first day of the Colloquium.”