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18:00 - 19:30 24 May 2016

What is cultural authenticity?


IAS Common Ground, South Wing | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

“Authenticity is valued today as an absolute good. It is sought in art, music, commodities, experiences, and in persons. It can also be claimed by nations, ethnicities, religions, and races. All forms of authenticity are validated by reference to shared origins or shared content.” (Charles Lindholm, 2007) But what is cultural authenticity? Who decides? Does it matter? During this session you’ll be presented with a series of cultural objects, after which you’ll be asked to vote on which of them is more or less authentic. You’ll then hear a series of case studies relating to authenticity, and have the opportunity to construct your own definition.

This workshop will showcase the work of the SELCS-based ‘Authenticity and Culture’ reading group, which meets regularly to consider a range of perspectives relating to authenticity among cultural communicators and educators.


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