Coffee Shop Talks: Revisioning Notre Dame: the Paris Palimpsest As An Aid To Reconstruction

Coffee Shop Talks: Revisioning Notre Dame: the Paris Palimpsest As An Aid To Reconstruction

Contact: Roanoke College

Dr. David Scaer, Associate Professor, Modern Languages

We are missing vital parts of the Paris puzzle: we know where stuff was, but we didn’t know its function and vice versa. If we can know where certain functional parts of certain layers of the Parisian landscape were and generalize their meaning upward or downward in the sequence, we can make predictions about lost layers of the sequence.  Not only does this give us pretty high-resolution views of otherwise lost “puzzle pieces” of the Paris landscape, but it also authorizes us to try really outlandish things like: make recommendations as to how best to restore/rebuild/reinterpret the now-damaged Notre Dame site.