David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531
French Guest Lecturer TsiTsi Jaji
Mon, February 11, 2008 • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM • HRH 2.118
In 1966 Leopold Sedar Senghor, the poet who served as Senegal's first president, hosted the First World Festival of Negro Arts (le Premier Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres). While the festival was an important celebration of nègritude, it was also an important forum for the contesting of Senghor's version of black solidarity. Soon other alternative festivals, like the Pan-African Festival held in Algiers in 1969 arose. Through a discussion of writing by participants in the 1966 Dakar festival and recent Senegalese films considering the idea of "celebrating pan-Africa" we will consider the significance, legacy, and limits of Senghor's vision.