Politics of Scholarship in the Post-Truth Era / Prague Media Point 2017
Recent political events of the past two years have allowed the contextualization of the term, Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 word of the year “post-truth”, under the discussion of stance of the intellectual and politics of scholarship. The apparent inadequacy of mass quantitative methods and positivist approaches, which predominantly materialize as polls attempting to forecast results of some of the most decretive elections and referendums of the current political scene, including Brexit, 2016 US Presidential Elections and 2017 Turkey Constitutional Referendum. Failure of polls and accusation of overwhelming use of post-truth politics by the Brexit remain front, US president Trump and Turkey president Erdogan, suggests an underlying difficulty understanding the narrative mechanisms of truth and the now controversial significance of an overarching and universal set of truths; perhaps even the notion of that said truth is in question. This paper contemplates a scholar’s stance in the face of the post-truth era to make sense of the current political situation through discussing the notion of truth and post-structuralist approach.
Key words: post-truth, post-structuralism, politics of scholarship, regime of truth, intellectual