4th Annual Conference Virtues, Media, and Democracy Genoa, September 26-27, 2019
CALL FOR PAPERS NOW OPEN!
The spread of post-truth communication affects ordinary citizens’ commitment to truth and attitudes toward information sources, thereby threatening the promotion of democratic ideals in the public debate. Although the current literature accurately identifies the reasons for these phenomena, the mainstream approach mainly suggests institutional and structural measures to limit the spread of fake news on social media. Alongside with the institutional and structural level, this conference aims at investigating the importance of helping citizens improve the quality of their online agency (e.g. through educational measures and fact-checking) as well as raising awareness of the risks social media sharing poses to democratic values. In particular, we aim at investigating which contribution can come from research on moral, civic, and epistemic virtues, both theoretical and applied.
To date, confirmed keynote speakers include: Valeria Ottonelli (University of Genova) Nancy Snow (University of Oklahoma) Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University)
With the aim of including as many contributions as possible, the conference will be structured around plenary sessions and parallel sessions with the contributed papers selected by double blind review. The contributed papers should last 30 minutes (presentation + discussion). Abstracts of about 500 words (references included), prepared for blind refereeing, should be sent as email attachments to email@example.com by May 31, 2019. Alternatively, abstracts can be submitted via submission form below (bottom of this page). Contributed papers can address any topic related to the conference theme.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
The role of moral, civic and epistemic vices, virtues and attitudes;
Systemic or structural factors fostering the spread of misinformation;
Social media and democracy;
Political implications of post-truth thinking;
Interdisciplinary approaches to post-truth communication;
Distorted information on citizens’ behavior and attitudes;
Deception, propaganda and democratic politics;
Educational measures and strategies to counter fake news proliferation.
Scientific Committee: Luca Andrighetto (University of Genoa) Angelo Campodonico (University of Genoa) Michel Croce (University of Edinburgh) Mario De Caro (Rome 3 – Tufts University) Filippo Domaneschi (University of Genoa) Michele Mangini (University of Bari) Claudia Navarini (European University, Rome) Maria Silvia Vaccarezza (University of Genoa)
Organizing Comittee: Elena Ricci, Damiano Simoncelli
Important Dates: Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2019 Communication of acceptance: June 15th, 2019 Accepted abstracts will be available at the conference in booklet form and also available online before the conference. For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.