What: #DCDC18: Memory and transformation
Where: Birmingham Conference and Events Centre
When: Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 November 2018
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The National Archives and Research Libraries UK are thrilled to announce that this year's closing keynote will be delivered by Professor Jo Fox, Director of the Institute of Historical Research. Jo specialises in the history of propaganda and psychological warfare in the 20th and 21st centuries, and at DCDC will be speaking on the subject of  'Fake News' into the 21st Century (full abstract below).

There are now only just over two weeks left to register for DCDC18: Memory and Transformation. For the full programme and how to book, go to<>.

'Fake News' into the 21st Century
What is 'fake news'?  Undoubtedly, the phenomenon has become one of the defining characteristics of our recent past - in 2016, Oxford Dictionaries declared 'post-truth' to be its 'word of the year' - but what might its historical significance be 100 years from now? If, as Matthew Norman, writing in the Independent in November 2016, suggests, we are now 'free to choose our own truth', released from the 'tyranny' of expertise and objective reality', what becomes of a discipline, such as history, underpinned by evidence and 'fact'? Are there creative ways that historians might use 'fake news' as evidence of popular mentalities, allowing for a deeper understanding of human behaviours in a complex world? And, if 'fake news' is critical historical evidence, how should it be preserved and curated?

Jo Fox is Professor of Modern History, Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She specialises in the history of propaganda and psychological warfare in the 20th and 21st centuries. She is the first female Director of the Institute of Historical Research. Founded in 1921, the Institute of Historical Research's mission is to train the next generation of historians, to produce and facilitate ambitious and innovative historical research, and to foster public understanding of history and its social, cultural and economic benefits.

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