Make Believe

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Centre of Languages and Literature, Main Auditorium


Thursday, 15th of March 2012,

9.30 - 10.00 Registration


10.00 – 10.30 Welcome Adresses


10.30 – 11.30 Keynote I

Kendall L. Walton, Fictionality and Prescribed Imaginings


11.30 – 12.00 Coffee Break


12.00 – 13.30 Session 1      

Jérôme Pelletier, Brest/Paris University: Flitting Back and Forth Between Imaginings

Peter Alward, University of Lethbridge: Varieties Of Photographic Fiction

Sonja Klimek, Fribourg University: “I grieve” as Make-Believe – The Generation of Fictional Truth in 18th century Lamentation Poetry


13.30 – 15.00 Lunch Break at Restaurant ”Kulturen”


15.00 – 16.30 Session 2               

Sarah Worth, Furman University: Narration, Representation, Memoir, Truth, and Lies: How We Diminish the Art of Narrative with Simple Truths

Alexander Bareis, Lund University: Principles of Generation, Principles of Interpretation. Theoretical and Methodological Considerations

Al Baker, University of Manchester: ”People Always Think Something's All True”: How to ascertain fictional truth from unreliable narration 

16.30 – 17.00  Coffee break


17.00 – 18.00 Session 3                 

Jan-Noël Thon, University of Tübingen: Narrative Representation across Media. Hypothetical Intentions, Medial Conventions, and the Principle of Charity

Liviu Lutas, Lund University: Metalepsis and Participation in Games of Make-Believe 


Friday, 16th of March 2012


9.00 – 10.30 Session 4                  

Chris Bateman, International Hobo Ltd: Prop Perspective and the Aesthetics of Play

Eva Dadlez, University of Central Oklahoma: Role-Playing, Make-Believe, and Moral Complicity

Jason D’Cruz, State University of New York: Agency and Fictional Truth in Virtual Worlds


10.30 – 11.00  Coffee Break


11.00 – 12.00  Keynote II

Gregory Currie, Knowledge and make-believe


12.00 – 13.30  Lunch Break at Restaurant ”Kulturen”


13.30 – 15.00 Session 5                   

Tobias Klauk, Tilmann Köppe, Göttingen University: Distance in Fiction

James Hamilton, Kansas State University: Narrative per se and Suspense Eliminativism

Ira Newman, Mansfield University: Destabilizing Reality: Postmodernist Narrative and the Logic of Make-Believe


15.00 – 16.00 Keynote III

Peter Lamarque, Belief, Make-Believe and the Opacity of Narrative


16.00 – 16.30  Coffee Break


16.30 – 18.00 Session 6             

Frank Zipfel, Mainz University: The Fictional Truths of Drama and Theatre

Matthew DeCoursey, Hong Kong Institute of Education: Make-Believe as a Mode of Consciousness in Theatre: Redefining “Aesthetic Distance”

Eran Guter, University of Haifa: Music as Ornament: Walton's Road Not Taken


19.30 Conference Dinner at ”Gamla Biskopshuset” (The Old Bishop’s Residence)



Saturday, 17th of March 2012

9.00 – 10.30 Session 7       

Catherine Abell, University of Manchester: Fiction Making

Remigius Bunia, Free University Berlin: About Truth in Fiction

Mario Slugan, University of Chicago: The Status of Deixis in Fiction Film and Literature


10.30 – 11.00  Coffee Break


11.00 – 12.00 Keynote IV

Stein Haugom Olsen, Truth, Verisimilitude, Make-Believe: Explaining the Concept of Literary Realism


12.00 – 13.30 Buffet Lunch at "Fakultetsklubben"


13.30 – 15.00 Session 8             

Jukka Mikkonen, Tampere University: The Literary-Fictive Stance and Considerations of Truth

Nils-Hennes Stear, University of Michigan: Is Sports Participation a Form of Make Believe?


15.00 – 15.30  Closing Remarks and Discussion