How does a cultural product come to be accepted as authentic rather than a mere commodity? From Mexican food, to alternative music, to the market for rare books and manuscripts, the idea of an authentic culture seems to resist decades of critiques of social constructivism and postmodernism. Who constructs notions of authenticity and how are they reinforced? In this seminar, we hope to understand how authenticity is not simply an objective criteria an expert can determine, but rather an unspoken negotiation between Self and Other. Of special interest are papers looking at the economic aspect of authenticity, since the concept often works in opposition to the idea of a commodity.
The American Comparative Literature Associationís 2011 Annual Meeting will take place in Vancouver, Canada March 31-April 3, 2011 (Thursday evening through Sunday noon).
Dr. Russell Cobb
Assistant Professor, Spanish and Latin American Studies
Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E6
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