Second Annual ICAS Conference
27th & 28th January 2017
Southern Regional College, Newry
The dichotomous relationship between fiction and reality has long since blurred in academia. We struggle between the two in an attempt to unify them whilst continuing to promote a conflict. For the Arts, this has meant that the reliance of narrative on the notion of verisimilitude has been replaced with a postmodern concern for significance. In science, we move further towards the certainty of neuroscience and away from the more interpretive practices of psychoanalysis. In all fields, we now seek to expose realities, to outline our progression away from the starting point of naiveté to a full and certain understanding. Truth, it would seem, trumps the imagined.
However, this has meant a turn away from the imagination as a powerful tool in our human repertoire. Thus, the second annual ICAS conference proposes that we discuss this epistemological shift.