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[24.05.2021] Beyond the infodemic: A virtual tour of the history of forgery and falsehood

posted 17 May 2021, 22:34 by FSP UB   [ updated 18 May 2021, 01:07 ]

The Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies (IDC) 
of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest 

invites the interested public 

Monday, 24 May 2021, 11:30 a.m. (GMT+3)

to the 

Open door ISEDUGATE guest talk 
Beyond the infodemic


Dr. Simina BĂDICĂ
Curator, House of European History Brussels

Event moderated by

Assoc. Prof. Luciana Alexandra GHICA
Director, Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies

Understanding the scope and limitations of our information sources is one of the fundamental skills that insures the integrity of knowledge. In a world flooded by information that has become increasingly difficult to process, identifying falsehood may be also crucial for anyone's survival. As the recent exhibition ‘Fake for Real: A history of forgery and falsification’ at the House of European History Brussels captivatingly illustrates, the past experiences may offer valuable clues on how to tackle such puzzles, including in matters related to the current infodemic. In this new ISEDUGATE guest seminar, a duplex Bucharest-Brussels live streamed on Facebook, we take a virtual tour with Dr. Simina BĂDICĂ, curator of this exhibition, and debate on how students and scholars of social phenomena can diminish the risks of misinfromation and disinformation. 

‘Fake for Real: A history of forgery and falsification’ (Oct 2020 – Oct 2021) explores the fascinating world of forgery, fakes and falsehoods in a dramatic narrative, spanning from antiquity to the present day. Set across six themes and a chronological timeline, the exhibition offers a rich display of more than 200 remarkable artefacts from all over Europe. Wide-ranging, each tells a compelling story of falsification and deceit — from the erased records of the Roman emperors, manipulated biographies of medieval saints, stories of travel that never happened — to a fake army used by the Allies in WWII. They also include documents of critical importance in our history such as the Donation of Constantine and the letters used to accuse Dreyfus, all illustrating how emotions and personal beliefs can impact how we want to understand the world, or deliberately misrepresent it.

An initiative of the European Parliament, The House of European History in Brussels immerses visitors in the history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and offers a unique exploration of the development of European integration. Visitors can discover the origins and evolution of Europe, learning about both the continent’s diversity and history’s many interpretations of its story. The museum’s exhibitions and learning offers provide a trans-European viewpoint that explores the historical memories, diverse experiences and common ground of the peoples of Europe and how these relate to the present day.

An alumna of the University of Bucharest, Dr. Simina BĂDICĂ is a historian and curator of recent history. In 2018, she joined the team of the House of European History in Brussels, where her most recent exhibition is “Fake for Real. A History of Forgery and Falsification”. For a decade before, she was researcher, curator and coordinator of the Image Archive at the Romanian Peasant Museum in Bucharest. She writes and gives talks on the communist and post-communist memorial phenomena, museum representations of difficult pasts, communist heritage and its post-communist interpretations, the specificities of prison-museums and museum building in transition periods.

This event was created for the BA program in International Relations and European Studies (IRES), as well as for the extra curricular training of students within the professional MA program International Public Affairs (MIPA) of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest (FSPUB). Students from other programs, especially those specializing in international affairs, European studies and cultural studies, as well as candidates to all programs of the faculty are welcome.

The presentation and the discussions will take place in English. While the discussion will be live on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MIPA.eu & www.facebook.com/FSPUB.UNIBUC.RO), the opportunity to ask questions will be offered primarily to students enrolled in the course and / or in the programs of the faculty.

ISEDUGATE is a platform that aims to support the community of international studies developed primarily around the teaching staff, students and alumni of the BA in International Relations and European Studies and MIPA - Master in International Public Affairs (University of Bucharest, Faculty of Political Science - FSPUB).

An initiative of the Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies (IDC, within the FSPUB's Department of Comparative Governance and European Studies), ISEDUGATE offers since October 2020 access to various resources, news and opportunities relevant for the community's members.