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Online book launch of The Imposter as Social Theory, featuring Gabriella Coleman

With Apologies for Cross-Posting

We are pleased to invite you to the online launch of the recently published volume The Imposter as Social Theory edited by Steve Woolgar, Else Vogel, David Moats and Claes-Fredrik Helgesson.

Date: 22 September, 16:00-17:30 CET

Registration (no later than 19 September!):

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? This volume explores the question through a diverse range of empirical cases, including magicians, spirit possession, fake Instagram followers, fake art and fraudulent scientists.

The event will include a book presentation by the editors, comments from distinguished commentators, including Gabriella Coleman and more TBA and a Q&A session. (Attendees will be offered a limited 50% discount code for the book.)

For any questions, please contact Else Vogel (e.vogel [at]

For more information about the book:

An interview with the editors Steve Woolgar and Else Vogel at The Measure of Everyday Life podcast:

A blogpost related to the book by penned by the editors: reoccupation/


Thinking With Imposters: The Imposter As Analytic ~ Else Vogel, David Moats, Steve Woolgar and Claes-Fredrik Helgesson

The Desire to Believe and Belong: Wannabes and Their Audience in a North American Cultural Context ~ Caroline Rosenthal

A Menagerie of Imposters and Truth-Tellers: Diederik Stapel and the Crisis in Psychology ~ Maarten Derksen

Learning From Fakes: A Relational Approach ~ Catelijne Coopmans

Imitations of Celebrity ~ Mandy Merck

Natural Imposters?: A Cuckoos View of Social Relations ~ Martin Abbott and Daniel Large

Conjuring Imposters: The Extraordinary Illusions of Mundanity ~ Brian Rappert

States of Imposture: Scroungerphobia and the Choreography of Suspicion~ James Kaufmann

The Face of ‘The Other’: Biometric Facial Recognition, Imposters, and the Art of Outplaying Them ~ Kristina Grünenberg

Faking Spirit Possession: Creating ‘Epistemic Murk’ in Bahian Candomblé ~ Mattijs van de Port

The Guerrilla’s ID Card: Flatland Against Fatland in Colombia ~ Olga Restrepo Forero and Malcolm Ashmore

Good Enough Imposters: The Market for Instagram Followers in Indonesia and Beyond ~ Johan Lindquist

Thinking Beyond the Imposter: Gatecrashing Un/Welcoming Borders ~ Fredy Mora-Gamez

Postscript: Thinking With Imposters – What Were They Thinking? ~ Agnes, Forrest Carter, Civet Coffee Bean, Cuckoo, Iansá and Oxum, Sarah Jane, Han Van Meegeren, David Rosenhahn, Diederik Stapel and Jorge Enrique Briceño Suárez

-- David J Moats Biträdande Universitetslektor (Research Fellow)

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