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TitelEvidence and Imagination. Interdisciplinary and International PhD Conference
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Evidence and Imagination. Interdisciplinary and International PhD Conference

University of Graz / Austria, November 3-5, 2016

Questions of evidence and imagination are central to the humanities and the social sciences. However, their
respective conceptualizations and interrelations vary across disciplines. Philosophy, for instance, is known for relying
extensively on intuition and thought experiments. In philosophical inquiry, intuition and arguably even imagination
are thus treated as (sources of) evidence. In disciplines with an emphasis on empirical investigation, evidence can be
gathered through surveys and interviews or gained through the analysis of ancient documents, photographs, and
witness reports. Building on these kinds of evidence, empirically-oriented disciplines are often expected to make
predictions and to imagine future realities. Additionally, questions of how evidence is created through empirical
material and how the quality of data is assessed are crucial in empirical research. Thus, issues of evidence are closely
connected to questions of hegemony. In this context, meanings and interpretations of evidence are negotiated in
academia but also in law and politics, for example. Works of art and literature, however, can help to foreground these
negotiations, challenge established regimes of evidence and explore the relations between fact and fiction as well as
between inner experiences and the outside world.

Building on these thoughts, we are interested in papers addressing questions such as:
• What is evidence, what is imagination, and what is their relationship? How do they relate to concepts such as
truth or intuition? Can imagination be a source of evidence? What role does imagination play in various
disciplines? Is there such a thing as objective evidence?
• How is evidence created in various disciplines? What counts as evidence in philosophy, sociology, history, the
natural sciences etc.? What counts as imagination? Who determines what evidence consists of? What role
does (media) technology play in these contexts? What role can literature and art play in these contexts?
• How do research methods differ across disciplines? Are certain research methods outdated and should be
replaced? Are there promising new research methods that will likely shape future research?

By bringing together emerging scholars from various disciplines, this conference aims at shedding light on evidence
and imagination from different perspectives and at highlighting the significance of interdisciplinary research.
Accordingly, we are not only interested in contributions on meta-theoretical or philosophical topics such as the
nature of evidence and imagination, but also in all contributions in which characteristic research methods are
exemplified or applied. Moreover, we invite contributions that challenge traditional methods and/or propose new

Keynote speakers are Julia Jansen (KU Leuven, Leuven) and Kim Sawchuk (Concordia University, Montreal).

Submissions should not exceed 250 words, must be in English (conference language) and should include a short CV.
We welcome submissions for both talks and posters from PhD students from all fields of research. Please specify
whether your contribution is a talk or a poster. Talks and posters can be independently submitted and will be
independently reviewed.

The submission deadline is April 3, 2016. Please find the link to the application form on our website:

Notification until May 2, 2016. For further information and questions:

Organizational Committee: Philipp Berghofer, Barbara Ratzenböck, Lukas Waltl, Markus Wurzer
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KontaktdatenName/Institution: Forschungsschwerpunkt "Kultur- und Deutungsgeschichte Europas" der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz 
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