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Fake News, Representations of Reality and Intermediality

Call for papers

In 1978, thirty years after Apartheid was officially established by the National Party, the South African government faced a political scandal over a secret propaganda war that was designed both to influence local public opinion and rebrand the racial institut ion at international level. Exposed by two Rand Daily Mail journalists, the Information scandal was nicknamed ‘Muldergate’ by reference to the early 1970s’ Watergate revelations that lead to Richard Nixon’s resignation. Nowadays, the political masterful manipulation would have been better described with the 2017’s word of the year ‘fake news’. With the ANC in exile, ‘the issue of culture began to rise steadily in prominence within the movement, particularly in the 1980s. This intensifying interest in culture saw rising numbers of workshops, festivals and seminars devoted to the issue, interviews and public pronouncements by leading ANC figures, and the high-profile Culture in Another South Africa (CASA) conference held in Amsterdam in December 1987’. [...]

- We encourage papers from all disciplines, which propose to articulate the concept of intermediality in their studies of events and representations. Researchers are invited to send a 300-word abstract and a short bio-bibliographical notice to confrsa11january2019@gmail.com before 31 October 2018.

- Conference organizers : Annael Le Poullennec (Institut des mondes africains (UMR 8171) / PSL University), Ludmila Ommundsen Pessoa (University of Normandy -Le Havre, Group for Research on Identities and Cultures GRIC EA 4314), Florence Binard and Michel Prum (Group for Research on Eugenics & Racism, GRER/ICT (EA 337)– University of Paris-Diderot).

- Working languages : English and French

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