Critique of Authenticity
Thomas Claviez, Kornelia Imesch, Britta Sweers (Eds.)
by Alessandro Ferrara (University of Rome, Italy)
The volume provides a critical assessment of the concept of authenticity and gauges its role, significance and shortcomings in a variety of disciplinary contexts. Many of the contributions communicate with each other and thus acknowledge the enormous significance of this politically, morally, philosophically and economically-charged concept that at the same time harbors dangerous implications and has been critically deconstructed. The volume shows that the alleged need or desire for authenticity is alive and kicking but oftentimes comes at a high price, connected to a culture of experts, authority and exclusionary strategies.
List of figures and tables
Thomas Claviez, Kornelia Imesch, Britta Sweers
Part 1. Overture: Authenticity at stake – a debate
Chapter 1 The dual paradox of authenticity in the 21st century
Chapter 2 The dual paradox of authenticity in the 21st century: a response to Alessandro Ferrara
Chapter 3 Authenticity and deconstruction: a rejoinder
Part 2. Authenticity: theoretical and philosophical reflections
Chapter 4 A critique of authenticity and recognition
Chapter 5 Authentic power and care as repetition
Chapter 6 “The alienation of the common”: a look into the ‘authentic origin’ of community
Chapter 7 Authentic surfaces: toward a concept of transformational authenticity
Part 3. Music and authenticity
Chapter 8 Hegel and Sibelius on the Starship Enterprise: beyond the frontiers of musical authenticity
Tina K. Ramnarine
Chapter 9 How we got into ‘authenticity’ and ‘originality’ thinking, and why we should find a way out of it
Marcello Sorce Keller
Chapter 10 Ontology of music and authenticity – a pragmatic approach
Chapter 11 Multiple authenticities of folk songs
Lea Hagmann and Franz Andres Morrissey
Part 4. Authenticity in culture and society: case studies
Chapter 12 Transformative communities as alternative forms of life? Conceptual reflections and empirical findings (co-housing in Switzerland)
Dietmar J. Wetzel
Chapter 13 Authenticity required: writing the visual history of AIDS in current art exhibitions
Chapter 14 Authenticity as branding tool: generic architecture versus critical regionalism in the United Arab Emirates and in Qatar
Thomas Claviez holds the chair for Literary Theory at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He has published widely on issues of community, recognition, literary theory and moral philosophy. He is the author of several books and is currently working on a monograph with the title The Metonymic Community: Towards a Poetics of Contingency.
Kornelia Imesch is Professor for Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She focuses her research on national, international and non-Western art and architecture; the art system; the relationship between art, architecture, and branding; art and film; and art and gender.
Britta Sweers is Professor of Cultural Anthropology of Music at the Institute of Musicology and Director of the Center for Global Studies (since 2015) at the University of Bern (Switzerland). Since 2015 she has also been President of the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM). Sweers is co-editor of the European Journal of Musicology and of the Equinox book series Transcultural Music Studies.
Authenticity, recognition, experts, deconstruction, ethics, community, authority, music, performance, museums, folklore, contingency