1 February 2019

Long Night of Social Research

07:00 PM
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Long Night of Social Research: Democracy and Truth

The old question of the relationship between truth and politics has returned with great urgency to the self-assurance discourses of our society. The blatant open-mindedness with which political capital has been struck from untruthful allegations for some time now goes hand in hand with other developments that fuel warnings and fears: with a division of society through reideologization and ruthless identity politics, an unhindered spread of conspiracy scenes in the social media, the success of populist narratives, an unleashed speech of the lying press and corrupt political establishment, a brutalization of political language and communicative neglect, with attempts to restrict the freedom of opinions, the press and the arts. Are we currently dealing with a crisis of truth? Or does the analysis of the phenomenon of false reports and systematic misinformation rather refer to the long history of a highly tense relationship between media, politics and science that takes new turns in the context of media upheavals? And the violent affects with which both "fake news" are carried into the public eye and conflicting opinions are denounced as "fake news", are they not above all the expression of a mutual hostility between political worldviews between which there are hardly any points of contact?

Concept, organisation, moderation Institute for Social Research (IFS) Frankfurt am Main: Sidonia Blättler, Axel Honneth, Christoph Menke, Almut Poppinga, Juliane Rebentisch (Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at the HfG Offenbach)

1 February 2019, 7pm

Free admission (through admission)

MMK Museum of Modern Art

Cathedral Street 10

60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany