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CFP: ‘Faking it: Forgery and Fabrication in Late Medieval and Early Modern Culture’, University of Gothenburg, 15-17 August 2019 (Deadline: 30 January 2019)

Schermafdruk 2018-10-11 13.54.49Faking it: Forgery and Fabrication in Late Medieval and Early Modern Culture

The University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 15-17th August 2019

What is real and what is fake? And why does it matter? As soon as objects, texts and utterances (be they pragmatic or artistic) become imbued with a sense of authority or authenticity, there is a potential to produce other objects, texts and utterances which mimic and attempt to siphon off that authority and authenticity. In late medieval and early modern European culture (1400–1750), this potential was realized in new and unprecedented ways. Social, technological, and intellectual developments forever altered many activities which fall under the remit of forgery and fabrication, spurring lively debate about truth and falsity. The printing press transformed the production, distribution and marketing of texts and images. Heightened interest in classical antiquity changed how scholars interacted with and assigned value to artefacts originating in past cultures. Legal developments altered how artworks and documents were policed, and how authorship and authenticity were instantiated.

The conference Faking it. Forgery and Fabrication in Late Medieval and Early Modern Culture, held in Gothenburg from the 15th to the 17th of August 2019, seeks to explore the many and varying ways in which legitimate forms of production spawned illegitimate ones in late medieval and early modern culture. The conference is hosted by The Early Modern Seminar at The University of Gothenburg. We welcome proposals on all types of cultural production stemming from all cultural ambits, provided that they are connected with the later medieval and early modern world.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Dr Patricia Pires Boulhosa (Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, University of Cambridge)

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The terminology of spuriosity
  • Developments in criticism as a response to forgery
  • The fake as a foil to the authentic
  • Connections between literary forgery and forgery in the visual arts
  • The relationship between lying and forgery
  • Grey areas: where production becomes fabrication
  • Legal and economic perspectives on fabrication
  • Fakes and fabrications in arts and sciences
  • The personality cult of the forger

We invite abstracts of up to 250 words, accompanied by a title and a 50-word biographical statement, to be sent to forgeryconference@lir.gu.se. Note that presentations must last no more than 20 minutes. The deadline for submitting an abstract is the 30th of January, 2019. Enquiries may be sent to the same address or made directly to Matilda Amundsen Bergström (matilda.amundsen.bergstrom@lir.gu.se) or Philip Lavender (philip.lavender@lir.gu.se).

Website: http://lir.gu.se/forskning/forskningssamverkan/tidigmoderna-seminariet



Debate at King’s College, London, Department of Greek and Latin Office

The King’s Classics Department and Institute of Classical Studies are delighted to announce a lecture by Prof. Luca Giuliani (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin), with response by Prof. Dyfri Williams (Université libre de Bruxelles):

The Warren Cup: A piece of mimetic craftsmanship around 1900?
The ‘Warren Cup’ – a small, silver drinking cup decorated in low relief with scenes of homosexual intercourse – was purchased by the British Museum for £1.8m in 1999; today, it is one of the most cherished pieces in the British Museum’s Roman Galleries (and a highlight of Neil MacGregor’s History of the World in 100 Objects). In this lecture, Prof. Luca Giuliani re-examines the cup’s modern reception since its initial purchase by Edward Perry Warren in 1911. Rather than date the cup to the first century AD, however, Prof. Giuliani suggests that the object is in fact a modern forgery, its imagery specially designed for its first, eponymous owner.

Luca Giuliani’s research on the ‘Warren Cup’ has attracted much media attention in Germany. This will be the first time that Prof. Giuliani addresses a British audience on the subject: to enrich discussion, the British Museum has nominated Prof. Dyfri Williams (author of The Warren Cup, published by the British Museum Press in 2006) to act as respondent. The collaborative event marks the close of this year’s lectures on Medium and Mimesis in Classical Art, and will be followed by a reception at ‘Chambers’ on the King’s College London Strand campus (sponsored by the Department of Classics).

This is an open public event, and all are warmly invited.

S-1.27 Strand Campus
12/03/2014 (17:15-18:30)
For more information, please contact Michael Squire (michael.squire@kcl.ac.uk) or Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (alexia.petsalis-diomidis@kcl.ac.uk)