CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: The desire for truth and the political


No, we do not live in an era after truth, but truth as a fundament of democratic politics has been shaken. Emerging is a regime of truth whose contours are yet to be drawn. The special issue takes the current crisis of truth as the point of departure from where to revisit the relationship between truth and the political. Truth, we assume, is never simply about what is or has been. Rather, it needs to be established, performed and accepted. It is never about reason alone. Truth requires our senses: it involves seeing, comprehending, believing, even desiring. While an affective dimension was never absent in what Foucault calls “acts of truth”, in the emerging regime of truth, affective elements are re-arranged and shift our analytical concern: How is the relation to ourselves and others being modified if we think the bond between truth and the modern subject differently? How to understand non-humans’ and algorithms’ modes of reasoning, producing evidence or teasing out the sensorial dimension of truth? What are some of the arenas in which the connection between truth and democratic politics is reworked in sometimes surprising forms, such as satire? Where is the place of the secret in a world where the distinction between true and false is blurring? And is there a force or resilience that leaves a core of truth unharmed in the midst of the discursive turmoil around post-truth? 


While a key concern of the special issue is to map out the coordinates of the emerging regime of truth on a global scale, it also welcomes fresh theoretical concepts and perspectives on the struggle for truth in the public sphere. 

The following issues and questions are of particular interest: 

• Politics of truth and “their publics”: from truth commissions to filter bubbles 

• Techniques of truth production: from statistics to torture, including the manifold forms of fabrication like the lie, the bluff, or the fake in the public sphere 

• Actor constellations: e.g. the law as the “last stronghold of truth”, algorithms providing us with a new “distribution of the sensible”, the “material witness” in complex fact finding procedures, but also the “truth of the people” 

• Temporality: apocalyptic reasoning, speculation, re-emergence of prophecy, but also the historicity of fake, e.g. in capitalism or the (post)colony 

Contributions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives are appreciated and can be written in English or German. Proposals (about 500 words) for articles are invited until 17 January 2018 and should be directed to the editors of the special issue: Christine Hentschel ( and Susanne Krasmann (susanne.krasmann@uni- 


The selection of papers will be announced by 19 January 2018 30 June 2018: send final draft to the editors (8.000 words) July/August 2018: (peer) review procedure
August/September 2018: final revision of the manuscripts November 2018: publication of the special issue 

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