Roger Chartier – Seven Questions Interview

Roger Chartier, born on December 9, 1945 in Lyon, is a French historian and historiographer who is part of the Annales school. He works on the history of books, publishing and reading. He teaches at the Coll├Ęge de France in Paris and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. This interview was conducted on April 4, 2013 by Sudev J Sheth, a doctoral student South Asia Studies & History at the University of Pennsylvania.

0:07 – Tell us about your early life including your family background and early education. How did you become a historian?

4:07 – How do you trace your own intellectual genealogy? In what ways is your work in sync with this genealogy and in what ways does it depart from it?

9:57 – What is the relationship between a historian and the society from which they emerge, comment upon, and are a part of?

15:06 – Which seven books or authors have contributed most to your understanding of history and scholarly practice?

30:30 – Comment and Questions from Anthony Grafton, Professor of History at Princeton University

42:00 – Comment and Questions from Peter Stallybrass, Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania

57:10 – What impact do you hope your work will have? What has been your legacy so far as a scholar and intellectual? How do you want history to remember you?