Event Details


Time: November 17, 2017 at 8:45am to November 18, 2017 at 5pm
Location: La Maison Française of NYU
Street: 16 Washington Mews (at University Place)
City/Town: New York, NY 10003
Website or Map: http://as.nyu.edu/maisonfranc…
Phone: 212-998-8750
Event Type: conference
Organized By: La Maison Française of NYU
Latest Activity: Oct 11, 2017

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Event Description

Documents may be written words or images made with pen and paper, painted on parchment, typewritten, or recorded in various media, analogue or digital. What are the boundaries of documentation and what lies in the undocumented space beyond?


Central to this question is the definition of “document.” Documents are material–tangible and/or visible, and yet they are signs or representations of a point of origin, a source of power or authority, from which they are detached. Given this irreducible gap, the relationship among the documented, the documenter, and ultimately the document is slippery and unfixed. Therefore, the document itself is unstable, and yet we endow it with authority and authenticity, and even at times agency. Since our notions of authenticity are so often mediated by documents, to what extent can we trust them and what do we do in their absence?


Friday, November 17

8:45 a.m.   Registration

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Opening Remarks, Panels 1 & 2

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.   Keynote:  BRIGITTE BEDOS-REZAK, NYU


Saturday, November 18

10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   Opening remarks, Panels 3, 4 & 5

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.   Keynote:  PETER SZENDY, Brown University


Sponsored by Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture


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