Call for Contributions

WORKSHOP ON THE NOTION OF 'FAKE & REAL' in Ancient and Modern Societies,

Leiden, 15-16 March 2018

RTG 'Value and Equivalence' | Goethe University Frankfurt:

As an interdisciplinary Research Training Group (RTG) of Ph.D. Candidates and PostDocs in Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology from Frankfurt we are discussing concepts of value and equivalence. Our upcoming workshop in Leiden shall explore archaeological and anthropological perspectives on the phenomenon of Fake (and the notion of Real) in ancient and modern societies – objects, contexts, and practices.

Four panels covering each a particular topic shall explore notions of 'Fake (and Real)': Case studies and theoretical debate will initiate podium discussions. We aim to offer space for an exchange of ideas about ‘Fake/ Real’ in the interdisciplinary framework of Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology and Museum Studies. We encourage participants to contribute work in progress and raise incentive questions/ present open problems suitable for debate. This workshop is communicative; we look forward to fruitful discussions. Apply now with your case study and to debate with us!


Our Workshop is a cooperation between the Frankfurt-based RTG 'Value and Equivalence' and Leiden University/Museums. We will bring MA/ Ph.D. students from Frankfurt and Dutch Universities together in a joint round of discussions for an exchange of ideas. Our partners in Leiden are Mariana De Campos Francozo (Museum Studies;Anthropology of Material Culture), Ruurd Halbertsma (RMO, Museum Archaeology), Martin Berger (Museum of World Cultures) and David Fontijn (Archaeology).

DATE & LOCATION: 15 – 16 March 2018 in Leiden

The workshop is embedded into the official curriculum of Museum Studies at Leiden University (block 3).

Case studies and vivid discussionists wanted!

We welcome impulse talks (presentations of case study/ material) of max. 15 minutes length by MA/ Ph.D. students or early career researchers from Archaeology (any period), Cultural Anthropology, Museum Studies or related fields like Conservation. The focus is on objects and practices. Alternatively, you can announce us your wish to participate as a discussionist. Presenters of case studies participate automatically in their panel's debate, but you can get involved without presenting a case study (application as a discussionist).

Please submit your application (abstract, short CV) by Thursday 15th February 2018 via e-mail to: We are looking forward to your proposals!

For more information see the attached programme.Gravensteen

Call 'Fake and Real'
Conference booklet
Final Programme
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