Call for Papers

The Jefferson Scholars’ Foundation and the Jefferson Graduate Fellows at the University of Virginia present the third biannual Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue, taking place September 28 and 29, 2012.

The Forum is an interdisciplinary conference for students, faculty, and community members from around the globe. The theme for 2012 is “Fact, Fiction and Supposition” and we are pleased to have astronomer and author Dr. Phil Plait giving the keynote address.

Please submit a 250 word abstract for a poster or 15 minute presentation or performance through the Abstract Submission Web Form by April 26, 2012.

Call for Papers:

Societies and individuals negotiate the boundaries between fact, fiction and supposition on a daily basis. These concepts affect the perception and pursuit of knowledge, cultural constructs, and creative practice. Yet our information is often far from complete, so our notions of truth tend to be shaped by individual experience or influenced by some outside authority. But, what is fact? How is knowledge established, evaluated, and disseminated? As sources of information multiply in today’s increasingly globalized world, how do we navigate competing voices? The 2012 Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue welcomes submissions that explore the pursuit, articulation, evaluation, dissemination, or concealment of knowledge and truth in any historical or geographical context.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Wikipedia and collaboratively generated information
  • Friction between science and pseudo-science
  • Science and religion in dialogue
  • Imaginary knowledge
  • Fiction/truth and memory
  • The establishment of the “canon”
  • The development of the scientific method
  • Conflicting truths in the classroom
  • Truth claims and the 2012 presidential election

Abstracts will be accepted until 26 April 2012 and can be submitted by following the Abstract Submission Instructions.

Please address questions to jefffid.2012 [at]