What is a Book? Authorship, Textuality, and Reading from the Age of the Codex to the Digital World [fr]

The French Scholar Series was proud to present notable French academic Prof. Robert Chartier on the mutations of written culture on October, 14th at 5pm on UBC campus.

Topic of the conference

The lecture presented the mutations of written culture, and particularly the definition of the “book” from the birth of the codex to the digital age. It focused on the challenges launched by the new modes for compassing, publishing, and appropriating texts to the categories and practices which defined, at least from the 18th century on, “l’ordre du discours”, to quote Foucault.

Brief presentation of the speaker

JPEG Roger Chartier is Professor at the Collège de France, Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and Annenberg Visiting Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His work in Early Modern European History is mainly dedicated to cultural history and the history of the book, printing and reading. He has been lecturing and publishing on the relationship between the material history of institutions and the embodied practices which both animate and survive these institutions: in particular, early modern techniques of reading, disseminating and collecting printed information.

His work, based at the intersection of literary criticism, material bibliography, and sociocultural history, is not disconnected from broader historiographical and methodological interests which deal with the relation between history and other disciplines: philosophy, sociology and anthropology.

Recognized internationally, Roger Chartier’s hundreds of articles and books have been translated into at least ten different languages. He is frequently asked to lecture or to participate in extended teaching programs in related disciplines, in various countries across Europe, North and South America.

Useful information

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Dodson Room (302)

A reception was offered by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and the Consulate General of France in Vancouver after the talk. )]

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