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Oxford, United Kingdom

Inter-Disciplinary.net: The Deception Project - 2nd Global Meeting

20 & 21 July 2015, Oxford, United Kingdom


We have entered a ‘post-truth era’, in which, historian Daniel J. Boorstin notes, ‘believability’ has become an acceptable substitute for ‘truth’, and ‘manifold deceptions of our culture’ are difficult to separate from ‘its few enduring truths’. In this era, communities and individuals may feel routinely duped, cheated or betrayed. Leaked documents detailing GCHQ’s deception tactics, WikiLeaks and revelations about large-scale deception, contribute to the perception that there exists a culture of lying. Though truth may be considered intrinsically valuable, deception may sometimes be useful or necessary. Sometimes there is pleasure in the spectacle of deception.

Deception is not limited to human activity. It is also practiced by animals, plants, diseases, and machines. It is an issue that transcends disciplines, affecting communities, individuals and objects.

This inter-disciplinary conference will address artefacts and practices that challenge truthfulness, authenticity or reliability. Deception is practiced in many forms, affecting societies and individuals. It may be a vital survival tool, a means of gaining unfair advantage, or a pleasurable spectacle. This conference invites delegates to explore how deception is manifested in their discipline, or how multi-disciplinary notions of deception affect their field. Proposals for papers and presentations are invited on topics related to, but not limited to:

  • The Science and Philosophy of Lying (lie detection, ethics of lying, politics of lying, and codes of conduct)
  • Spies and Spying (undercover operations, spy fiction, spycraft gadgets and toolkits, and GCHQ's leaked documents on 'the art of deception')
  • False Identities (disguises, costumes and masquerade, aliases and pseudonyms, and anonimity)
  • The Spectacle of Deception (theatrical illusion, virtual reality, and CGI)
  • Psychological and Medical Deceptions (self-deception, placebos, and diseases in disguise)
  • Fakes and Forgeries (false signs of authenticity, the lives and practices of forgers, hoaxes, red herrings and decoys, and false evidence)
  • Betrayal (whistleblowers and defectors, trutst and distrust, infidelity, and fractured expectations)
  • Dishonest media (photo-manipulation and retouching, 'black' propoganda, plagiarism, and misrepresentation)

The Steering Group welcomes the submission of proposals for short workshops, practitioner-based activities, performances, and pre-formed panels. We particularly welcome short film screenings; photographic essays; installations; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement.



Proposals will also be considered on any related theme. 300-word proposals should be submitted by the 8th of May 2015. If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than 3000 words should be submitted by Friday 12th June 2015. Proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs (b.k.1.brownie|AT|herts.ac.uk and decep2|AT|inter-disciplinary.net; replace |AT| with @), and e-mails should be entitled: Deception 2 Proposal Submission.

Abstracts may be submitted in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

  • Author(s)
  • Affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme)
  • Email address
  • Title of proposal
  • Body of proposal
  • Up to 10 keywords

All abstracts will be double blind peer reviewed. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted.


Important dates Inter-Disciplinary.net workshop:

What? When?
300-word proposal 8 May 2015
Full draft paper 12 June 2015
Inter-Disciplinary.net conference, Oxford, UK 20 & 21 July 2015


The conference is organised by Barbara Brownie, University of Hertfordshire, and Rob Fisher, founder of Inter-Disciplinary.net. Submissions and any questions you may have can be directed to b.k.1.brownie|AT|herts.ac.uk and decep2|AT|inter-disciplinary.net (replace |AT| with @).

Interested? Click here for more information about 'The Decepticon Project: 2nd Global Meeting', organised by Inter-Disciplinary.net.

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