Knowledge Quarter Conference: The Future of Knowledge – call for papers

The Knowledge Quarter is marking its third anniversary with a one-day Conference of talks and workshops on the future of Knowledge in an age of untruth. A diverse range of speakers from across the fields of politics, media, philosophy and academia will convene for one inspiring and provocative day of keynote talks, discussion groups and workshops, looking at Knowledge in all its forms.

We are hugely excited to be holding the conference on Monday 12th February 2018 at Knowledge Quarter partner and venue sponsor, the British Museum and with generous support from our  sponsors Pan MacMillan who will be celebrating their 175 year anniversary in 2018 and British Land. In the spirit of collaboration we are encouraging Knowledge Quarter partners to get involved in delivering some of the conference content.

The Future of Knowledge

Knowledge may be the last imperishable currency, but it’s a currency under threat of devaluation. From expertise to echo-chambers and from fact to falsehood ‘The Future of Knowledge’ will mine the uncertainty that underpins our anxious age, exploring the challenges that face the knowledge economy in the early twenty-first Century.

What does it mean to be an ‘expert’ when the sheer scale of information available in this connected world has made us all curators of a vast bank of almost endless data, providing the answers to even the most obscure queries with nothing more than a tap and a swipe? How can the knowledge economy respond when facts are conflated with quick-fire internet memes, when slick presentation is more highly valued than genuine content, when the very notion of authentic truth has been devalued by the rolling news cycle and the dismissive cynicism of pseudo-science and special interest ‘facts’? What, in short, is the future of Knowledge the concept, Knowledge the ideal and Knowledge the quantifiable resource?

Join us in the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter, to explore these and many more crucial questions, as we look to ensure the future of Knowledge both at home and in an increasingly uncertain wider world.


See below for a call for papers document which includes some guidance to the type of activities we will be looking for, if you have other suggestions or ideas that may fit in with the theme, particularly with a performative element we would be happy to hear from you.

We welcome submissions from all our partners and ask partners to submit the form by 5pm on Friday 22nd September 2017 to The Knowledge Quarter will inform you of the outcome of the selection process by the 6th October 2017.

The Future of Knowledge Call for Papers