Fake News and  Authenticity

                    International Interdisciplinary Conference

                                            20-21 MAY 2021


DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS:                       5 MAY 2021

Organizer: InMind Support




Scientific Committee:

Professor Wojciech Owczarski – University of Gdańsk, Poland

M.A. Marlena Hetman - Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland  




Since the postmodern movements such as pop and hyperrealist art or literary genres  ̶  new journalism and creative non-fiction – questioned the status of the real and the imitated, the concept of authenticity has called for a constant reevaluation. Walter Benjamin’s 1935 assumption that “the presence of the original is the prerequisite to the concept of authenticity” has been called into question with the corporate and advertising practice continually rebranding the concept of authenticity to suit mass consumers’ needs. Why is it then that within the contemporary culture the notion of authenticity is still heavily linked with spiritual awakening and happiness? To what extent do authenticity and individuality function as mere commercial products and advertising slogans? Have they over time become shallow romantic ideals or do they still hold the substance to be discovered and implemented into one’s line of thinking and living? What makes authenticity creatively attractive to artists, thinkers and spiritual teachers? Can authenticity be defined, measured, conceptualized in the contemporary context of relativism? Is it at all possible to separate truth from untruth in the world of fake news?


         During our interdisciplinary conference, we strive to discuss the contemporary status of authenticity and fake news. We invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: literary studies, film studies, theatre studies, media studies, art, history, anthropology, psychology, sociology, politics, philosophy, cognitive studies, to name a few.

            Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical inquiries, personal reflections, problem-oriented arguments, comparative analyses and creative expressions.

            We will be happy to hear from experienced scholars and young academics, doctoral and graduate students, as well as professionals from various disciplines. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.


        Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:


  • Authenticity and historical narratives

  • Global, local and individual authenticity

  • Fake news as a historical phenomenon

  • Fake news and social conflicts

  • Fake news and the coronavirus pandemic

  • Fake news and mass hysteria

  • Fake news and haterage

  • Fake news and mental health

  • Fake news, exclusion and loneliness

  • Authenticity and self-growth

  • Authenticity and shame

  • Authenticity and vulnerability

  • Fake news and media

  • Social media marketing and authenticity

  • Freedom of speech

  • Fake news and censorship

  • Political fake news

  • Fake news and propaganda

  • Intended versus unintended fake news

  • Authenticity and ethics

  • Authenticity in the arts

  • Realism, hyperrealism and naturalism

  • Authenticity and mimesis

  • Authenticity and intertextuality

  • Ghostwriting

  • Authenticity and autofiction

  • Authenticity and creativity

  • Authenticity and adaptation

  • Authenticity and documentary films

  • Fake literature

  • Fake artists

  • Fake authenticity

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 5 May 2021  to: inconferenceoffice@gmail.com  


Confirmation of acceptance will be sent by  7 May 2021.

The conference language is English.



As our online conference will be international, we will consider the different time zones of our Participants.


In order to participate in the conference (as a speaker or an audience member) you need to pay a REGISTRATION FEE via bank transfer or PayPal:

PRESENTERS: EUR 30 or 25 GBP or USD 35 or PLN 100 - by 13 May  2021

NOTE: We offer a discount for our regular Participants.


- LIVE access via an individual link to all conference sessions

- the conference programme in PDF

- certificate of attendance  for Presenters and Audience Members (sent by email or/and by post)

- online community gathering

- easy access on any device (phone, tablet and computer) with the possibility to join or leave the      conference at any time

Our conference email: inconferenceoffice@gmail.com

InMind Support


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