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Freedom and Authenticity

Call for Papers

Theme: Freedom and Authenticity
Type: 2nd International Interdisciplinary Conference
Institution: InMind Support
Location: Online
Date: 9.–10.7.2020
Deadline: 25.6.2020

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, with modes of expressions such as
irony, cynicism and sarcasm strongly present, the notions of
authenticity and freedom are still heavily linked with spiritual
awakening and happiness? To what extent do authenticity,
individuality and freedom 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
freedom and authenticity creatively attractive to artists, thinkers
and spiritual teachers? Can authenticity be defined, measured,
conceptualized in the contemporary context of relativism? What are
the main dynamics between freedom and authenticity?

During the conference, we strive to discuss the contemporary status
of authenticity and freedom, their interrelationship and their
association with concepts such as sincerity, individuality,
vulnerability, creativity and many others.

We invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: art,
film studies, literature, theatre studies, media studies,
anthropology, psychology, sociology, politics, 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

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

I. Sociology, Anthropology, History

- Global and local authenticity
- Quest for authenticity in the context of social and historical
- Freedom and coronavirus pandemic

II. Psychology and Psychiatry

- Authenticity and self-growth
- Authenticity and emotional armory – perfectionism, numbing, etc.
- Authenticity and shame
- Authenticity and vulnerability
- Authenticity and self-image
- Authenticity and individuality: self-absorption versus

III. Literature, Film, Theatre, Visual Arts

- Realism, hyperrealism, naturalism
- Authenticity and intertextuality: concepts such as original
 artwork, reproduction, printed representation, copy, etc.
- Ghostwriting
- Authenticity and autofiction
- Authenticity and creativity
- Authenticity and adaptation
- Online theatre performances during COVID-19

IV. Media Studies

- Fake news
- Social media marketing and authenticity
- Freedom of speech

V. Philosophy and Worldviews

- Freedom and authenticity as philosophical concepts
- Authenticity and ethics
- Authenticity and freedom as the highest humanistic values
- Existential, postmodern and contemporary view on authenticity

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed
20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note by
25 June 2020 to:
Notification of acceptance will be sent by by 28 June 2020.

The conference language is English.

Due to COVID-19 this year's edition of Freedom and Authenticity
Conference will be held virtually.


InMind Support, Conference Office