Felwine Sarr and Berkeley Professor Discusses How Music and Poetry Facilitates Their Engagement With the World

February 7, 2023

Felwine Sarr: Music, Freedom, Africa

In this conversation with music, Felwine Sarr addresses some of the topics that traverse his multidisciplinary work: freedom, dreams, relationality, repair, transmission, traces, and non-logocentric forms of sensemaking. Sarr is best known as the author of the award-winning Afrotopia (2016) and Report on the Restitution of African Cultural Heritage (2018), which shifted conversations at a global scale on the central role of Africa in the design of planetary futurity and on the status of the colonial origins of art collections in museums around the world. In this presentation, music and poetry—often the same for him—take center stage as the core languages and practices through which Sarr meets and engages the world. Sarr performs songs from his career and converses with Natalia Brizuela. (Natalia Brizuela is the Class of 1930 Chair of Letters & Sciences and a professor of film and media and Spanish and Portuguese at UC Berkeley).

Co-organized by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the Center for African Studies.

Thursday, Feb 23, 2023

5:30 PM


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