BOOK SEMINAR - HYBRID EVENT: The Imposter as Social Theory

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: SCAS SCAS, Linnéanum, Thunbergssalen, Thunbergsvägen 2 Uppsala
  • Lecturer: Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, Professor and Research Director, Centre for Integrated Research on Culture and Society (CIRCUS), Uppsala University. Else Vogel, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam. Steve Woolgar, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Linköping University, and Professor Emeritus of Marketing, University of Oxford. Ulrika Dahl, Professor of Gender Studies, Uppsala University.
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Klas Holm
  • Seminarium

Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, Else Vogel and Steve Woolgar will present their new book.

Ulrika Dahl will comment on the book.

About the book

The Imposter as Social Theory: Thinking with Gatecrashers, Cheats and Charlatans Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, David Moats, Else Vogel and Steve Woolgar (eds.) (Bristol University Press, 2021)

“The figure of the imposter can stir complicated emotions, from intrigue to suspicion and fear. But what insights can these troublesome figures provide into the social relations and cultural forms from which they emerge?

Edited by leading scholars in the field, this volume explores the question through a diverse range of empirical cases, including magicians, spirit possession, fake Instagram followers, fake art and fraudulent scientists.

Proposing ‘thinking with imposters’ as a valuable new tool of analysis in the social sciences and humanities, this revolutionary book shows how the figure of the imposter can help upend social theory.”

Pre-registration is required. The number of seats is limited, and seats will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

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