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:

Stuart Elden

Jeff Malpas

Maria Margaroni

Achille Mbembe


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

1. Panel Proposals

Panel proposal should consist of one panel abstract (no more than 300 words) and a 500-word abstract for each paper to be included on the panel. The proposal should provide contact information for the main contact for the panel (the email address is fine) and that person should, if successful, notify other panelists once the Executive Committee has reached its decision. Please place "2019 Panel Proposal" in the subject line in an email to by 15 January, 2019. A member of the panel may suggest themselves as the panel chair, as long as they adhere to the rules for chairs to be posted on the APL website.

 2. Paper Proposals

Paper proposals should consist of one 300-word abstract for the submission. The proposal should provide contact information for the panelist (your email address is fine). Please place "2019 Paper Proposal" in the subject line in an email to by 15 January, 2019. Successful paper submitters should feel free to volunteer to chair other panels during the conference. Rules for chairs will be posted to the APL website.

Papers and panels from diverse theoretical, practical, philosophical, and artistic perspectives (broadly construed) are welcome.

To ensure the success of the conference and in fairness to others who are submitting, please ensure prior to submission that you are able to attend.

Note well: All conference participants must register for the 2019 conference and be members in good standing for the program year by the time of 20 April 2019. Participants who neglect to register and pay dues for the program year and attend anyway will not be considered for subsequent years until they have paid their outstanding balance.


3. Close Encounters and Invited Sessions

Those invited for Close Encounters and Invited Sessions need not send proposals for submissions for the 15 January, 2019 deadline. However, they must send to the Executive Committee a copy of their paper one month prior to the conference. This ensures that respondents have plenty of time to prepare properly for the conference. As above, all invitees must be members and registrants in good standing.

4. Panel Chairs

If you wish to chair a panel during the conference please email with the subject heading "2019 Panel Chair." While the Executive Committee appreciates this service, as with others on the program, panel chairs must be members and registrants in good standing by the time of the conference.


5. Conference Papers

Each conference paper may be submitted to with the subject heading "2019 Paper Submission" by 1 July, 2019 for consideration in a future APL volume, to be edited in concert with the Executive Committee. Members of any panels above may feel free to do so.



Please contact any member of the Executive Committee if you have any questions concerns.


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