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Lecture series


“Fake” is a timeless phenomenon, gaining new currency today. Wherever authenticity and singularity are called for, duplication and fraud are not far away. Intentional deceit calls for expertise as well as detection and unmasking.

The lectures series will explore a variety of instances of falsehood, fraud and deception and thereby discuss conceptions of truth, authenticity and inimitability. Through lectures in fields such as mummy research, doping, art provenience, forensic detective work and Holocaust denial scholars from multiple disciplines will discuss the challenge — and allure — of fraud. Among other things, the lecture series aims to situate current conversations about fake news and disinformation in a historical context and raise critical questions about the responsibility of academia.

Programm in German only