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Conference 2019: Faking it

The interdisciplinary, international conference Faking it. Forgery and Fabrication in Late Medieval and Early Modern Culture will investigate the diverse practices which can be considered forgery, breaking new ground through this broad perspective. Literary, artistic, musical, historiographical and scientific perspectives will all be represented, and forgery will be discussed in relation to a wide array of materials from different parts of the world.

The conference will take place on the 15th–17th August 2019 arranged by the Early Modern Seminar at the University of Gothenburg. We are expecting the program to comprise around 50 participants from a number of different countries. In addition, the following five internationally-renowned keynote speakers are confirmed:

• Görel Cavalli Björkman (Professor emeritus, Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts), author of False or Real? Detective Work at the Art Museum (Langenskiöld, 2017).
• Earle A. Havens (Curator of rare books and manuscripts, Johns Hopkins University), editor of Literary Forgery in Early Modern Europe 1450–1800 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019).
• Patricia Pires Boulhosa (Honorary research associate in Scandinavian history, University of Cambridge), author of Icelanders and the Kings of Norway: Medieval Sagas and Legal Texts (Brill, 2005).
• Ingrid D. Rowland, (Professor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame, Indiana) author of The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery (University of Chicago Press, 2004).
• Christopher S. Wood (Professor of German, New York University), author of Forgery, Replica, Fiction: Temporalities of German Renaissance Art (University of Chicago Press, 2008).

The conference will enable productive discussion across disciplinary and geographic boundaries, paving the way for pioneering research on a topic which is highly relevant in relation to both late medieval and early modern Europe and the world at large.

The Call for Papers is now closed, as of the 30th January 2019. Any enquiries may be sent to the conference email address (forgeryconference@lir.gu.se) or to the conference organisers, Matilda Amundsen Bergström (matilda.amundsen.bergstrom@lir.gu.se) and Philip Lavender (philip.lavender@lir.gu.se).

Call for papers

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