Reimagining Authenticity

Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU
Social and Applied Sciences
Tuesday 19 June 2018 (09:30-16:00)
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Reimagining Authenticity in the Age of Post Truth: Experiences, Places, Beliefs, Realities 

How has the era of post-truth changed our perceptions of authenticity?

In the era of post-truth and fake news, the adjective authentic is used to describe people, objects and processes as diverse as polititians, food, management approaches, places and artisan bread. We ask to what extent the meaning of the terms authentic and inauthentic have endured or are changing across different disciplines today.

On the 19 June the Authenticity Collective (an interdisciplinary discussion group of academics and practitioners who are interested in authenticity) will assemble at Canterbury Christ Church University to consider contemporary authenticity in practice and academia. We will make new interdisciplinary connections by exploring authentic (and inauthentic) aspects of the artistic process, creative spaces and places, historic restoration, sports psychology, craftsmanship and maker culture, dreams, tourism, human geography, dance and architecture.

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Speakers include:

  • Alastair Upton, Director of Folkestone's Creative Foundation

  • Heather Newton, Head of Conservation at Canterbury Cathedral

  • Sarah Turner, Collections Manager at Canterbury Cathedral

  • Liz Collini, Text and Language Artist

  • Sue Jones, Director of Whitstable Biennial

Academic presentations include:

  • Professor Chris Beedie, the Placebo Effect

  • Dr Andy Jackson, Boatyard Bohos

  • Dr Jim Butcher, the Beat Poets, existential authenticity and travel

  • Peter Wallace, Hyperreal interventions

  • Howard Griffin and Dr Jane Lovell, Irreal lightscapes.

You are invited to join the conversation and become a part of the Authenticity Collective.



Our Symposium will take place on the North Holmes Road campus, in the Powell building, on the ground floor in room 9. Pg09.


The programme for the day is as follows:

9:30-9:45 Coffee

9:45-10:00 welcome Introduction: Dr Jane Lovell and Professor Chris Beedie - Walking into the Truth

Panel 1: Authenticity, Art, Heritage and the Creative Process

10:00-10:15 Alastair Upton – Creative Foundation

10:15-10:30 Liz Collini – Rules

10:30-10:45 Dover Arts Development – Art, Community and Place

10:45-11:00 Sue Jones – Whitstable Biennale

11:00-11:15 Sarah Turner and Heather Newton – Canterbury Journey/Canterbury cathedral

11:15-11:30 Questions

11:30-11:45 Coffee

Panel 2: Authenticity, Belief and Realities

11:45-12:00 Professor Chris Beedie – Placebo Effect

12:00-12:15 Dr Chris Pike – Dreaming Reality

12:15-12:30 Dr Andrew Jackson – Boatyard Bohos

12:30-12:45 Diane Heath – Crypt Creatures

12:45-1:00 Questions

1:00-1:45 Lunch will be provided plus a puppetry display by James Frost. Discussions will continue over lunch.

Panel 3 : Authenticity, Place, Embodiment, Performance and Light

1:45-2:00 Dr Jillian Rickly-Boyd Spectacle, Authenticity and Adventure Philanthropy

2:00-2:15 Dr Jim Butcher – The Beat Poets

2:15-2:30 Dr Angela Pickard and Andy Hurst – Dance and Light

2:30--2:45 Peter Wallace - Hyperreality

2:45--3:00 Dr Jane Lovell and Dr Howard Griffin - Moving the Immovable, Architecture and light

3:00-3:30 Coffee, questions and close

The Authenticity Collective

The Authenticity Collective is an international initiative, formed to explores the highly topical concept of authenticity in a truly interdisciplinary form. Authenticity is a topic which is fundamental to the way in which we think about reality, from the news, gentrification, virtual reality, cultural appropriation, art forgery and creativity to sports performance. Drawing on world-leading research in areas such as the placebo effect, the project links a range of existing work and forges new connections in the form of an international collaboration between education and industry partners. The collective includes members from the subject areas of psychology, human geography, tourism, politics, sports science, information technology, literature, history, film, architecture, fine art and design.

The research specialities of our members include:


The placebo effect

Heritage management

Creative placemaking

The artistic process

Film theory


Dreams and reality

Sense of place

Magical realism

Staged authenticity

Virtual reality


Identity politics

Authentic assessment




Nostalgia and the seaside

Maker culture and design

Museum and heritage management and material collections

Visual architecture

Hyperreality and light shows

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