"Faking It: Forgery and Problems of Authenticity"
A History of the Book Working Group Conference, UC Berkeley
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10 am - 6:15 pm
300 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley
Keynote Speaker: Nick Wilding (Georgia State University), “Forging the Moon”
This conference will explore the problems and potential of the fake from antiquity to the present. With an attentiveness especially to material texts and objects, the conference will consider how falseness and inauthenticity threaten our sense of reality - historical, material, theological, racial, sexual, national, linguistic - while at the same time informing it. As we increasingly come to understand selfhood and identity as social constructions and performances, what remains at stake in distinguishing between the real and the false? What connections might we draw between the social construction of selves and the material construction of documents? What do forgeries and fakes tell us about our reliance on objects, our quest for certainty, and our relationship to the past? How have the notions of inauthenticity, falseness, and counterfeiting changed throughout history, and how do they differ across cultures? What role does technology, modern and pre-modern, play in enabling, complicating, and preventing the production of fakes?
9:00 am - 10:00 am: Registration and Breakfast
10:00 am - 11:30 am: Panel 1: Canons, Classics, and Fakes
11:45 am - 12:45 pm: Keynote: Nick Wilding, Georgia State
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Panel 2: Forging Images and Fictions
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm: Panel 3: The Sacred and the Fake
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm: Reception