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Theory and Practice of Authenticity in Global Cultural Production

English title Theory and Practice of Authenticity in Global Cultural Production
Applicant Claviez Thomas
Number 147677
Funding scheme Sinergia
Research institution Institut für englische Sprachen und Literaturen Universität Bern
Institution of higher education University of Berne - BE
Main discipline German and English languages and literature
Start/End 01.02.2014 - 30.06.2018
Approved amount 1'046'727.00
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All Disciplines (5)

Discipline
German and English languages and literature
Musicology
Architecture and Social urban science
Sociology
Philosophy

Keywords (10)

community; music; authenticity; contingency; literature; alterity; globalization; theory; architecture; arts

Lay Summary (German)

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In der Akademie ist „Authentizität“ in den letzten Dekaden zunehmend theoretisch diskreditiert worden. Im Gegensatz dazu erfreut sich das Konzept in der Populärkultur sowie hinsichtlich der Produktion und Vermarktung von Kulturgütern ungebrochener oder gar wachsender Beliebtheit.
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Inhalt und Ziel des Forschungsprojekts

Unter Berücksichtigung von Praxis und Theorie kultureller Produktion untersucht das Forschungsprojekt zugleich den scheinbar paradoxen Status von Authentizität und die Rolle, die diese beim Aufbau kollektiver Identitäten in einer globalisierten Welt, geprägt von stetig zunehmendem kulturellen Umwälzungen, spielt. Die beteiligten Subprojekte reichen von der Untersuchung aktueller Debatten darüber, inwiefern im Kontext der Globalisierung das Verständnis von Gemeinschaft grundsätzlich überdacht werden muss, einer Studie zu einem gegenwärtigen Wiederaufleben von Volksmusik in Cornwall, bis hin zur Erforschung der Bedeutung des Authentizitätsbegriffs für das Branding neuentstehender Kunstwelten im Grossraum des Mittleren Osten. Den Teilprojekten gemeinsam sind folgende Fragen: 1) Unter welchen Umständen, durch wen und für wen wird auf das Konzept „Authentizität“ rekurriert? 2) Welches sind die Gründe für die anhaltende Bedeutungsmacht von Authentizität in der kulturellen Praxis? 3) Wie unterscheidet sich die Zuschreibung von Authentizität hinsichtlich Objekten, Subjekten und Kollektiven? 4) Wie sieht eine disziplinenübergreifende Methodologie zur Untersuchung der gesellschaftlichen Funktion von Authentizität aus?

Wissenschaftlicher und gesellschaftlicher Kontext

Das Projekt legt offen, in welchem Masse zeitgenössische Diskurse, die um den Begriff Authentizität kreisen, auch prägend sind für die Schweiz als Einwanderungsland. Durch auf ein breiteres Publikum ausgelegte Vorträge und Workshops initiiert es einen kritischen Diskurs zu Authentizität.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 26.11.2013

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
Constructions of Cultural Identities in Newsreel Cinema and Television after 1945
Imesch Kornelia Sigrid Schade and Samuel Sieber (2016), Constructions of Cultural Identities in Newsreel Cinema and Television after 1945, transcript, Bielefeld.
Jean Tinguely & Le Corbusier in Swiss Weekly Film Newsreels and Television. Medial Rhetorics—Medial Discourses
Imesch Kornelia (2016), Jean Tinguely & Le Corbusier in Swiss Weekly Film Newsreels and Television. Medial Rhetorics—Medial Discourses, in Imesch Kornelia Sigrid Schade and Samuel Sieber (ed.), transcript, Bielefeld, 117-132.
Newsreel and Cultural Identity in a Historical Perspective. An Introduction
Imesch Kornelia Sigrid Schabe and Samuel Sieber (2016), Newsreel and Cultural Identity in a Historical Perspective. An Introduction, in Imesch Kornelia (ed.), transcript, Bielefeld, 7-20.
The Common Growl: Toward a Poetics of Precarious Community
Claviez Thomas ed. (2016), The Common Growl: Toward a Poetics of Precarious Community, Fordham UP, New York.
Cultural Melancholia: US Trauma Discourses Before and After 9/11
Cavedon Christina (2015), Cultural Melancholia: US Trauma Discourses Before and After 9/11, Brill / Rodopi, Amsterdam.
Ethics, Interrupted: Community and Impersonality in Levinas
Marchi Viola (2015), Ethics, Interrupted: Community and Impersonality in Levinas, in Schweighauser Philipp and Ridvan Askin (ed.), Gunter Narr, Tübingen, n/a-n/a.
Krise, Kritik, Kontingenz: Prolegomena zu einer neuen Poetik der Gemeinschaft
Claviez Thomas (2015), Krise, Kritik, Kontingenz: Prolegomena zu einer neuen Poetik der Gemeinschaft, in Hügli Anton et al. (ed.), Schwabe AG, Basel, 107-120.
Le Mystère de Marcel Cellier: Transfer Processes in Early World Music
Sweers Britta (2015), Le Mystère de Marcel Cellier: Transfer Processes in Early World Music, in Journal for World and Popular Music, 2(n/a), 156-179.
The New Limits to Growth and the Birth of the Décroissance Movement
Wetzel Dietmar (2015), The New Limits to Growth and the Birth of the Décroissance Movement, n/a, n/a.
Angela Carter traductrice - Angela Carter en traduction
Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère Martine (2014), Angela Carter traductrice - Angela Carter en traduction, Cahiers du CTL, Lausanne.
Beyond Centre and Margin: (self-)translation and the Ecopoetics of Space in Geetanjali Shree's Mai
Hennard Dutheil de la Rochere Martine (2014), Beyond Centre and Margin: (self-)translation and the Ecopoetics of Space in Geetanjali Shree's Mai, in Bornet Philippe et Svetlana Gorshenina (ed.), Etudes de Lettres, Lausanne, 379-400.
City, Urbanism, and the Art of a Brand: HafenCity Hamburg & Saadyat Island Cultural District
Imesch Kornelia (2014), City, Urbanism, and the Art of a Brand: HafenCity Hamburg & Saadyat Island Cultural District, in Charrière Edmond and Adèle Etter and Kornelia Imesch (ed.), Infolio, Gollion, 203-219.
Der lettische Pagan Metal: Eine ethnomusikologische Quellenkritik und Diskursanalyse
Sweers Britta (2014), Der lettische Pagan Metal: Eine ethnomusikologische Quellenkritik und Diskursanalyse, in Heesch Florian und Anna Katharina Höpflinger (ed.), Waxmann, München / Berlin, 101-116.
Listeners may rely on intonation to distinguish languages of different rhythm classes
Hagmann Lea and Volker Dellwo (2014), Listeners may rely on intonation to distinguish languages of different rhythm classes, in Loquesn. Spanish Journal of Speech Sciences, 1, n.p..
Newport et au-delà: Discours sur la mythologie des festivals
Sweers Britta (2014), Newport et au-delà: Discours sur la mythologie des festivals, in Les Cahiers d’ Ethnomusicologie, 27, 165-186.
Towards an Application of Globalization Paradigms to Modern Folk Music Revivals” In: Bithell, Caroline und Juniper Hill
Sweers Britta (2014), Towards an Application of Globalization Paradigms to Modern Folk Music Revivals” In: Bithell, Caroline und Juniper Hill, in n/a (ed.), Oxford UP, New York and Oxford, 466-486.
Traces of a Metonymic Society in American Literary History
Claviez Thomas (2014), Traces of a Metonymic Society in American Literary History, in Winfried Fluck (ed.), Winter, Heidelberg, 299-322.
Utopia and Reality as Phenomena and Parameters of a Contemporary Look on the City
Imesch Kornelia and Adèle Etter and Edmond Charrière (2014), Utopia and Reality as Phenomena and Parameters of a Contemporary Look on the City, in Imesch Kornelia and Adèle Etter and Edmond Charrière (ed.), edition infolio, Gollion, 9-16.
Utopia and the reality of urbanism in the 20th century La Chaux-de-Fonds, Chandigarh, Brasilia
Imesch Kornelia and Edmond Charrière and Adèle Etter (2014), Utopia and the reality of urbanism in the 20th century La Chaux-de-Fonds, Chandigarh, Brasilia, Infolio, Gollion.
Wachstumskritik im postmodernen Kapitalismus. Begründungsversuche ‚unbedingter Ansprüche‘ im Kontext alternativer Lebensformen
Wetzel Dietmar J. (2014), Wachstumskritik im postmodernen Kapitalismus. Begründungsversuche ‚unbedingter Ansprüche‘ im Kontext alternativer Lebensformen, in Burkhard Liebsch und Michael Staudigl (ed.), Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, 211-227.
A Metonymic Community? Towards a Poetics of Contingency
Claviez Thomas, A Metonymic Community? Towards a Poetics of Contingency, in Claviez Thomas (ed.), Fordham UP, New York, 39-56.
Cinderella Across Cultures: New Directions and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Hennard Dutheil Martine et al., Cinderella Across Cultures: New Directions and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Wayne State UP, Detroit.
Introduction: Towards a poetics of Community
Claviez Thomas, Introduction: Towards a poetics of Community, in Claviez Thomas (ed.), Fordham UP, New York, 1-15.
Marcel Cellier
Sweers Britta, Marcel Cellier, in Leggewie Claus and Erik Meyer (ed.), J.B. Metzler, Weimar, 94-100.
New Aesthetico-Political Forms of Community? “Occupy” and the “Sharing Economy” as Examples
Wetzel Dietmar, New Aesthetico-Political Forms of Community? “Occupy” and the “Sharing Economy” as Examples, in Claviez Thomas (ed.), Fordham UP, New York, n/a.
The Common Growl: Towards a Poetics of Precarious Community
Claviez Thomas, The Common Growl: Towards a Poetics of Precarious Community, Fordham UP, New York.
Zur Aktualität von Jacques Rancière. Einleitung in sein Werk
Claviez Thomas and Dietmar Wetzel, Zur Aktualität von Jacques Rancière. Einleitung in sein Werk, VS Verlag, Darmstadt.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Simon Critchley, The New School, New York United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Stanford University United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Etiènne Balibar, Prof. emer. France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Alessandro Ferrara (University of Rome) Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Prof. Vikram Vikramaditya Prakash, (University of Washington, Seattle USA & Chandigarh, India) India (Asia)
- Publication
Tina K. Ramnarine, Royal Holloway, University of London Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Prof. Dr. Philip Ursprung, gta, ETH Zürich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Département d'art islamique et de l'exposition France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
David Damrosch (Harvard University) United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Susan Bassnett (University of Warwick) Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Institute of World Literature (Harvard University United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Wendy MK Shaw, Freie Universität Berlin Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Mireille Rosello (University of Amsterdam) Netherlands (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures (University of Manchester) Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- Exchange of personnel
Giorgio Agamben (Università di Venezia) Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Prof. Cecilia Hurley Griener, Sorbonne-Louvre, Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Cultural District United Arab Emirates (Asia)
- Research Infrastructure
Susanne Knaller (Karl-Franzens University Graz) Austria (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Drucilla Cornell, Rutgers University United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Alain Badiou, Prof. emer. France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Bruce Robbins (Columbia University) United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Homi K. Bhabha (Harvard University) United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Theory and Practice of Authenticity in Global Cultural Production Talk given at a conference Multiple Authenticities in Folksong Performance 19.11.2016 University of Bern, Switzerland Hagmann Lea;
Theory and Practice of Authenticity in Global Cultural Production Talk given at a conference Authentic Surfaces 18.11.2016 University of Bern, Switzerland Kopaitich Ryan James;
Theory and Practice of Authenticity in Global Cultural Production Talk given at a conference Of Worldly Gods, Wise Strangers, and Proprietary Bodies. Social Contract Theory and the Question of Community 18.11.2016 University of Bern, Switzerland Marchi Viola;
Forschungskolloquium der Berner Linguistik BeLing. Centre for the Study of Language and Society Talk given at a conference Delkiow Sevy: 'The Only Living Remnant” of the Cornish Language. Narratives on Cornwall’s Musical Celticity During Its Music Revival 03.11.2016 University of Bern, Switzerland Hagmann Lea;
Konferenz des BFE (British Forum for Ethnomusicology). Radio and Ethnomusicology. Histrocial and Contemporary Perspectives Talk given at a conference When the Journalist Arrives: Performing Cornishness for the Radio 22.10.2016 Edinburgh, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Hagmann Lea;
Gender – Performance – Activism: Transcultural Conversations. 9th Symposium of the Music & Gender Study Group of the International Council for Traditional Music Talk given at a conference Representation of Gender in the World Music Network 13.07.2016 University of Bern, Switzerland Sweers Britta;
Naturstimmen Festival Toggenburg Talk given at a conference Musiktraditionen in einer modernen Welt: Spannungsfelder und Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten 15.05.2016 Toggenburg, Switzerland Sweers Britta;
Guest Lecture Individual talk Angela Carter's Translational and Transcreative Poetics 11.12.2015 La Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère Martine;
Leben im Kapitalismus – Kapitalismus als Lebensform? Talk given at a conference Transformative Gemeinschaften als innovative Lebensformen? 11.12.2015 Berlin, Germany Wetzel Dietmar J.;
BCLA / SFLGC 40th Congress Talk given at a conference Nouveaux mondes, nouveaux romans 26.11.2015 Amiens, France Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère Martine;
Guest Lecture Individual talk TheThe Fusion of Traditional Music, Folk, and Rock: From England to the Baltic Countries Fusion of Traditional Music, Folk, and Rock: From England to the Baltic Countries 20.11.2015 Instituto de Etnomusicologia, Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, INET-md, Universidade Nova de Lis, Portugal Sweers Britta;
Authenticity and Cultural Translation in the Global City and Community Talk given at a conference A Critique of Authenticity and Recognition 12.11.2015 University of Lausanne, Switzerland Claviez Thomas;
Authenticity and Cultural Translation in the Global City and Community: the Case of the Greater Middle East Talk given at a conference Can the Generic City be Authentic and the « Non Lieux » Identity Bearing? 12.11.2015 University of Lausanne, Switzerland Imesch Oechslin Kornelia;
Authenticity and Cultural Translation in the Global City and Community Talk given at a conference The ‘Apophatic Community:’ Traces of Mystic Discourse in Jean-Luc Nancy’s The Inoperative Community 12.11.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Marchi Viola;
Colloquium Talk given at a conference Environmental Ethics, Responsibility, and the Problem of Agency 07.11.2015 Düsseldorf, Germany Claviez Thomas;
Produktive Fehler, malentendus constructifs , Talk given at a conference Found in (Mis-)translation 23.10.2015 Université de Fribourg, Switzerland Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère Martine;
1st International Symposium oft he POLIMUS program: „Origin – Musics: Musical Narratives, Performances, and Reconstructions of the Past (20th – 21st Centuries) Talk given at a conference The Transforming Perception of German Folk Song: Some Case Studies 01.10.2015 Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, France Sweers Britta;
Emmanuel Levinas: Across the Generations Talk given at a conference The Analytic, the Continental, and the Literary: Theory on the Cusp of Two Traditions 27.07.2015 Purdue College, United States of America Kopaitich Ryan James;
43rd World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music Talk given at a conference The Sonic Representation of Traditional and Modern Identity in the Public Urban Context of Bern, Switzerland 16.07.2015 Astana, Kazakstan Sweers Britta;
SLSAeu: Control Talk given at a conference The Literary Infinitesimal 12.06.2015 Malta, Malta Kopaitich Ryan James;
Approaching Posthumanism Talk given at a conference Impersonal Existence: Rethinking Agency and Responsibility Beyond the Person 04.06.2015 Geneva, Switzerland Marchi Viola;
Philosophy and Social Criticism Talk given at a conference Dramas of Recognition: Philosophy as Literary History 27.05.2015 Prague, Czech Republic Claviez Thomas;
Resonanz in der Interaktion: Erscheinungsformen und Effekte Talk given at a conference Von der Resonanz zur Anerkennung – und zurück 21.05.2015 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany Wetzel Dietmar J.;
Ethics and Literature Talk given at a conference Noli me legere: Literary Criticism for the Nihilist Age 21.05.2015 University of Porto, Portugal Marchi Viola;
Die Idee der Universität Talk given at a conference Vom all- zum ‚unwissenden Lehrmeister‘ (Jacques Rancière) 09.04.2015 Tübingen, Germany Wetzel Dietmar J.;
CSLS Ringvorlesung Talk given at a conference Hip-Hop as Literary Community: Intimacy and Language 23.03.2015 University of Bern, Switzerland Kopaitich Ryan James;
IASH Winter School Talk given at a conference Language, Reference, and the New Community in Contemporary Literature 05.02.2015 Schloss Münchenwiler, Switzerland Kopaitich Ryan James;
"Zeichen/Momente. Vergegenwärtigungen in Kunst und Kulturanalyse", Symposium zum 60. Geburtstag von Prof. Dr. Sigrid Schade-Tholen Talk given at a conference Schneewitchen, Le Kulturindustrie und Celebration City. Eine Phänomen- und Stadtanalyse 01.02.2015 Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zürich, Switzerland Imesch Oechslin Kornelia;
„Zeichen/Momente. Vergegenwärtigungen in Kunst und Kulturanalyse“, Symposium zum 60. Geburtstag von Prof. Dr. Sigrid Schade-Tholen Talk given at a conference Schneewittchen, Kulturindustrie und Celebration City. Eine Phänomen- und Stadtanalyse 31.01.2015 ICS, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zürich, Switzerland Imesch Oechslin Kornelia;
SANAS Biannual Conference Talk given at a conference Meet the Author: The Conditions of Hospitality 22.11.2014 Basel, Switzerland Claviez Thomas;
Inaugural Lecture Individual talk "French Kiss": Angela Carter ou le goût de langues 19.11.2014 Université de Lausanne, Switzerland Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère Martine;
Lecture Tour USA Individual talk Authenticity, Community, Being-With: Heidegger, Arendt and Levinas 13.11.2014 Penn State University, United States of America Claviez Thomas;
Lecture Tour USA Individual talk The Metonymic Community: Walt Whitman and Herman Melville 09.11.2014 University of Southern California, United States of America Claviez Thomas;
Lecture Tour USA Individual talk Authenticity, Community, Being-With: Heidegger, Arendt and Levinas 04.11.2014 Dartmouth College, United States of America Claviez Thomas;
Conférence à l’Accademia di Architettura Talk given at a conference L’architettura museale et la città generica del Medio Oriente 30.10.2014 Mendrisio, Switzerland Imesch Oechslin Kornelia;
ISA Lecture Talk given at a conference L'arthitettura museale e la città generica del Medio Oriente 29.10.2014 Accademia di Architettura, Mendrisio, Switzerland Imesch Oechslin Kornelia;
The Speculative Community: New Concepts in Post-Identitarian Thought II Talk given at a conference Contingency, Metaphysics, and Indexicality Taken Seriously 18.10.2014 Berne, Switzerland Marchi Viola; Kopaitich Ryan James;
The Speculative Community: New Concepts in Post-Identitarian Thought II Talk given at a conference Ethics, Interrupted: Community and Impersonality in Levinas 18.10.2014 Bern, Switzerland Marchi Viola;
Literary Translation and Creativity Talk given at a conference Puns, Kins and Pumpkins: Angela Carter's Translational Poetics 09.10.2014 Université de Lausanne, Switzerland Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère Martine;
A symposium on „Grenzgänge: Gender, Ethnizität und Klasse als Wissenskategorien in der Musikwissenschaft“ Talk given at a conference Der Fall Sandy Denny: Eine musikalische Grenzgängerin m Spiegel journalistischer und wissenschaftlicher Diskurse 03.10.2014 Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar der Universität Basel, Switzerland Sweers Britta;
XXXth European Seminar in Ethnomusicology Talk given at a conference Bridging, Bypassing, or Transforming? Folk Music Revival Strategies in Post-World War II Germany 03.09.2014 Prague, Charles University, Czech Republic Sweers Britta;
ISA World Congress Talk given at a conference Alternative Life forms in Growth-Critical Societies - Conceptual Reflections on Social Movement 16.07.2014 Yokohama, Japan Wetzel Dietmar J.;
4th symposium of the Study Group on Applied Ethnomusicology of the International Council for Traditional Music Talk given at a conference The Interplay of Institutional Power in Applied Migrant Projects in Germany and Switzerland 30.06.2014 University of Fort Hare, South Africa Sweers Britta;
Invited Guest Lecture Individual talk ’Authentische Musik’, Singende Revolution und Postfolklore: Klangeindrücke aus den baltischen Staaten 14.06.2014 Musikhochschule München, Germany Sweers Britta;
Jahrestagung des Schweizer Philosophenverbands Talk given at a conference Krise, Kontingenz, Kritik: Prolegomena zu einer neuen Poetik der Gemeinschaft 05.06.2014 St. Gallen, Switzerland Claviez Thomas;
Life, in Theory. 8th Meeting of the European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Talk given at a conference Contingency, Immunity and Risk: Modalities of the Biopolitical 03.06.2014 Università di Torino, Italy Kopaitich Ryan James;
Life, in Theory. 8th Meeting of the European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Talk given at a conference “‘Fictions of Agency’: Impersonality, Contingency, and Responsibility in Paul Auster’s Leviathan 03.06.2014 Università di Torino, Italy Marchi Viola;
Colloquium "Sociology and Philosophy Talk given at a conference Being-With: Authenticity, the 'They' and Community in Heidegger's Being and Time 19.05.2014 Prague, Czech Republic Claviez Thomas;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Literary Translation and Creativity 09.10.2014 Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
"What's Authentic about Authenticity?" Kick-off Event for Project 14.03.2014 University of Bern, Switzerland

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: radio, television Kelteische Musik – Gibt es das überhaupt? Radio SRF 2 German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Talks/events/exhibitions Point de Suisse, Table ronde au Musée historique de Bâle Western Switzerland 2015
Media relations: radio, television Was ist authentische Volksmusik?“, Britta Sweers im Gespräch mit Valerio Benz (Redaktor) Radio SRF 2 German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Distinguished Lectures Series Italian-speaking Switzerland International German-speaking Switzerland Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland Western Switzerland 2014

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
152260 City Sonic Ecology: Urban Soundscapes of Bern, Ljubljana, and Belgrade 01.09.2014 SCOPES
162797 Glokale Sounds - Wie Tracks Referenzen auf Orte verarbeiten und neu kodieren 01.04.2016 Project funding (Div. I-III)

Abstract

SUBPROJECT A: A Post-Authentic Society? Toward a Metonymic Poetics of Community - Thomas Claviez / Dietmar WetzelSUBPROJECT B: Musical Modes of Authenticity -Britta SweersSUBPROJECT C: Authenticity and Hybridity in Culture, Art and Architecture of the Greater Middle East - Kornelia Imesch Oechslin / Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère*****************************************************Within contemporary society, the concept of authenticity has acquired a paradoxical status. Developments within psychoanalysis, deconstruction, post-colonialism, and feminism have undermined the unquestioned legitimacy often attributed to authenticity as a means of asserting individual or collective identity. Nonetheless, cultural producers and promoters often deploy claims of authenticity to confer legitimacy, currency, and popular appeal. Generally depending on unempirical justification for financial underwriting and public dissemination, the arena of cultural production thus provides fertile ground through which to analyze the deployment of the trope of authenticity in contemporary society. The label of the authentic simultaneously enables artists and artifacts to appeal to both local and global audiences and to mediate new systems of social inclusion and exclusion. Bridging the ambivalent attitudes of theoretical doubt and pragmatic utilization of tropes of authenticity, this project aims to use an analysis of claims of authenticity to produce models of collective identity in a globalizing world of ever-increasing cultural flux.Under the leadership of the Center for Cultural Studies (CCS) of the University of Bern, and in cooperation with members of the Faculté des lettres at the University of Lausanne, the interdisciplinary SINERGIA project "Theory and Practice of Authenticity in Global Cultural Production" examines the paradoxical relevance of this concept within various disciplines and cultural fields, bridging theoretical considerations and cultural practices connected to it and creating a methodology allowing for a mutual commensurability of the different discourses inhabiting the term 'authenticity.' In light of recent theoretical discussion, it addresses questions such as:-UNDER WHAT CONDITIONS, BY WHOM, AND FOR WHOM IS THE CONCEPT OF 'AUTHENTICITY' DEPLOYED, REJECTED, OR DEBATED, AND WHO PROFITS FROM IT? -DOES AUTHENTICITY STILL HAVE HEURISTIC OR HERMENEUTIC VALUE? IF NOT, HOW CAN WE EXPLAIN THE LASTING POWER OF AUTHENTICITY IN CULTURAL PRACTICE? -HOW DO CONCEPTS OF AUTHENTICITY VARY BETWEEN DISCIPLINES AND CULTURES? -HOW DO NOTIONS OF AUTHENTICITY DIFFER REGARDING OBJECTS, SUBJECTS, AND COLLECTIVES?-HOW CAN A CROSS-DISCIPLINARY METHODOLOGY BE DEVISED THROUGH WHICH TO ANALYZE THE SOCIAL FUNCTION OF THE TROPE OF 'AUTHENTICITY' IN BOTH THEORETICAL AND PRAGMATIC TERMS?The interdisciplinary institutional structure of the CCS provides unique qualification for the leadership with this project which is expanded through collaboration with the University of Lausanne. The project will not only promote and support young researchers, but will also serve as a first step toward a joint, inter-university doctoral program, as defined in the "Projektskizze" for future doctoral programs 2014-16 circulated by the Schweizerische Universitätskonferenz (SUK). The project will use its colloquia and publications to disseminate new models of collective agency to participate in contemporary theoretical debate about the cultural production of community in the contemporary world, and will propose pragmatic uses of alternatives to the trope of authenticity for use in cultural and marketing contexts.
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