The Association for Philosophy and Literature (APL)


Theory, Culture, and Society


Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

29 May - 2 June 2019


Call for papers

Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions
— Nietzsche
Thought is creation, not will to truth
— Deleuze and Guattari

Confirmed speakers include:

Achille Mbembe,

 Stuart Elden


Bernard Stiegler


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. 

Potential Topics

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Truth regimes

Relativism, perspectivism, standpoint theory

Truth as illusion

Truth, non-truth, and fake news

Truth in times of the spectacle

Truth after the deconstruction of truth

Time and the question of the truth of being

Logic, grammar and rhetoric (the trivium)

Relativism, perspectivism, standpoint theory


Black reason


The truth of fiction, the fiction of truth

“How the true world became a fable”

Film, regimes of art and truth events

Autofiction and biographical truth

Historical fiction and historical truth

Narrative and visual fictions

Narrative and time

Art as creation of illusions

Image beyond representation?

Ethics and aesthetics of algorithm


Scholarly apparatus

Geosocial formations and Anthropocene

The imagination

Mythos and logos


Platform capitalism

Acceleration and speed




The religious

Economy and the political

Relational space



(Beyond) ontology


The Ecological impulse

The gift, the Hau, excess


Deadline: 15th January 2019


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

  • Title

  • Organizer(s): Names and affiliations of the organizers and participants 

  • A short overview of the topic and abstracts for each paper: maximum 300 words each

  • Moderation: indicate the name of an APL 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

Please send both paper proposals and panel proposals to

Further details

The Executive Committee of the APL

Gary Aylesworth | Peter Gratton | John W P Phillips | Gertrude Postl


All conference attendees must have up to date membership dues and registration fees to participate.

$100 registration and $100 membership | Student/unemployed: registration $75 and membership $75 | Registration on site $120