Conference, followed by a party

Echoes of the South Atlantic

With Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Isaac Julien, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Felwine Sarr and many others

Thu, Jul 11, 2019
2–8 pm
Free admission
In English
Echoes of the South Atlantic, Goethe-Institut

Until the 15th century, the Atlantic was the clear border between Africa and Europe on the one side and the Americas on the other. The history of crossing the Atlantic followed the well-known narrative of “discoveries”: colonisation, slavery, exploitation, migration – and European prosperity. The exchange between the three continents created a cultural dynamic that fundamentally changed all three continents. The conference, organized by the Goethe-Institut, focuses on today’s Atlantic relations between Africa, South America, the Caribbean and Europe. International contributors from the arts and research will explore these relations in talks, panels and performances focusing on growing nationalism, the construction of new borders and questions of restitution and cultural heritage.

The conference is part of the Goethe-Institut’s project Echoes of the South Atlantic, which is organizing events on the future of the South Atlantic on all three continents between 2018 and 2020. During this time frame, the participating artists and intellectuals are working on their own projects; a final presentation of which is planned for 2020.

With contributions by Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Samy Ben Redjeb, Ndidi Dike, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Anita Ekman, Paul Gilroy, Paul Goodwin, Isaac Julien, Michelle (Musa) Mattiuzzi, Jota Mombaça, Mark Nash, Kris Nelson, Gabi Ngcobo, António Ole, Amilcar Packer, Thiago de Paula Souza, Felwine Sarr, Nadine Siegert, Nanette Snoep, Selene Wendt

Day 1 | Day 2

2 pm–3.30 pm, Lecture hall

4 pm–6 pm, Lecture hall
Talks, panels, presentation with Jean-Pierre Bekolo, António Ole, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Isaac Julien & Marc Nash and many others
chaired by Ananya Kabir

6 pm–6.30 pm, Main lobby
Performance with Michelle Mattiuzzi, Jota Mombaça

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7 pm, Roof terrace
A Rise in Humanity
Felwine Sarr, economist, writer

We are experiencing a global context of crises and multiples dystopia. The meta-narrative of Humanity’s progress carried by Reason has failed. Postmodernity has become a time marked by a future without promise – save the promise of avoiding the multiple disasters it announces (ecological disaster, unraveling societies, growing insecurity). Societies need to take ownership of their present and future and fill it with meaning. How to invent an alternative regime of historicity that breaks with the teleological vision of history and promote a rise in humanity? How to re-engage the adventure of meanings?

Followed by a party with DJ Samy Ben Redjeb, Analog Africa

Day 1 | Day 2