TCS Philosophy & Literature Conference 2019

APL TCS Klagenfurt Conference 2019

Theory, Culture & Society is delighted to announce our 2019 conference
with the Association for Philosophy and Literature (formerly IAPL)
and Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
May 29th – June 2nd, 2019

Confirmed speakers include: Achille Mbembe, Rosi Braidotti, Stuart Elden,
Jeff Malpas and Bernard Stiegler
Click to register for the conference

“Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions”

“Thought is creation, not will to truth”

Can anything further be said about truth? While contemporary worries about a post-truth world reinforce both ordinary and traditional senses of the word, a philosophical tradition that for centuries has not failed to put truth into question or critique finds itself in a situation echoing that faced by the Greeks at the dawn of philosophy.

Few would have dreamt, only a few years ago, that we would once again have such a compelling concern with the facts, with truth. But today’s authoritarian populism has returned us to questions of the fragility of truth. These questions have cast deep divisions in contemporary life. Tensions between truth and falsity, between the fictional and the fictitious, and between reality and illusion haunt contemporary experience. Social and cultural thought have for a long period questioned assumptions of ‘objective’ experience, but such assumptions continue to predominate in the homo economicus of today’s neoclassicism and neoliberalism. As prevalent is the fragmentation into worlds, subjective worlds, national worlds, the worlds of human and nonhuman beings. Such worlds are at the same time territories, digital platforms, communities, indeed in some cases commons. To what extent are such worlds themselves constituted through truths or fictions, through narratives? To what extent does this mean a break with representation altogether, whether in art, in literature, in politics? Or to what extent does it entail a radical rethinking of what representation is?

Tracing a line of thought from Nietzsche to Deleuze and beyond, one discovers in the objection to a pervasive “will to truth” the demand that thought be regarded instead as a form of creation. The oppositions through which truth has traditionally been understood (true and false, truth and error) do not apply, for instance, when one considers the literary text, where the question of whether there exists a natural or necessary correspondence with the world event remains a matter of conjecture.


We invite proposals for papers and for panels addressing some aspect of the conference theme, “Truth, Fiction, Illusion: Worlds and Experience”.

Proposals may address any one of the given terms or explore those terms in their possible interrelatedness – with respect to philosophy, literature, theory, music, media, geography, film, culture, art, architecture, etc.

At the same time, you may have other interests and we welcome suggestions if you would prefer to present a paper in an ad hoc general session. Alternatively, you might prefer to convene a session on a particular theme and we would be interested to hear your proposals.

The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2019 and should be emailed to

Panel proposals should include the details of up to 4 speakers:

  • Title
  • Organiser(s): Names and affiliations of the organisers and participants
  • A short overview of the topic and abstracts for each paper: maximum 300 words each
  • Moderation: indicate the name of an APL /TCS member who has agreed to moderate the panel or request a moderator to be assigned by the programme committee
  • Special requests/equipment needs

Proposals of 300 words and should include:

  • Title
  • Name and affiliation
  • 300 word abstract
  • Special requests/equipment needs

Potential Topics

Klagenfurt Word Cloud 2019

  • Acceleration
  • The aesthetic
  • Algorithmic Truths
  • Bataille
  • Barthes
  • The body
  • The city
  • Deleuze
  • Digital capitalism
  • Nature-culture
  • New Materialism
  • Ontology
  • Posthumanities
  • Simmel and value
  • Sovereignty

Click for further information and conference registration details at the APL website