Faking it: forgery, fiction and truth
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What is true and what is fake? How can we tell? What does it matter? Why have people, throughout history, been so keen to distinguish between forgeries and originals? Why are some so willing to believe fakes, even when they are unmasked?
From religious texts to bank notes, works of art to handbags, the phenomenon of forgery forces us to ask fundamental questions about the nature of creativity, what constitutes 'authenticity', and who has the authority to decide. Through a series of case studies we will explore the historical, cultural, and philosophical dimensions of forgery, a subject that is sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, but always compelling.
- 17 April: Impersonating the past: forgery in history and culture (Dr Justin Meggitt)
- 24 April: Should we fire the canon?: scriptures and the problem of pseudepigraphy (Dr Justin Meggitt)
- 1 May: The misrepresentational arts: art forgery unpacked (Dr Emily Caddick)
- 8 May: Forging hate: destructive consequences of deception (Dr Justin Meggitt)
- 15 May: Isaac Newton and counterfeit crochet: the politics of forgery (Dr Justin Meggitt)
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Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
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