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CANCELLED Understanding Authenticity in China’s Cultural Heritage

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What we deem to be genuine or fake is not an objective determination, but something that we agree upon as communities.

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Following the current circumstances, many of the events supported and advertised by TORCH have been postponed or cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope you will understand our decision in light of the uncertainty arising from recent global events. We hope to rearrange this event in the future, and details will be posted on the TORCH website, social media, and via the TORCH newsletter in due course.

What we deem to be genuine or fake is not an objective determination, but something that we agree upon as communities. Debates about authenticity, moreover, are often intimately bound to the question who owns the past and its representation. Please join us at Oxford on May 28th-30th, 2020, for a discussion on the construction of “authenticity,” both historically and today, in relation to China’s cultural heritage (those objects and texts concerned with China’s past).

Questions we will consider include, but are not limited to: How do standards for authenticity change in time, space, and between various object- or text-types in China, and why? Who arbitrates what counts as authentic, and from where does that authority stem? Who made forgeries, how did they circulate, and what was their economic effect? How has forgery been used to contest ownership of the past, to enact political protest, or push intellectual programs? How do current anxieties over authenticity impact the management of China’s cultural heritage today?

We warmly welcome attendance by any interested parties, regardless of professional background, including but not limited to university scholars and students, museum curators and conservators, antiquities dealers and collectors, art lawyers and insurers, and media.

For further information, please contact: understandingauthenticity@gmail.com

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