Senghor et Césaire à Cent Ans: Perspectives Transatlantiques et Pluridisciplinaires

Colloquium & Roundtable at WARC

Roundtable on Césaire and Senghor

Roundtable on Césaire and Senghor

A colloquium and a round table entitled, “Senghor and Césaire, a hundred years after: transatlantic and multi-disciplinary perspectives,” were organized on December 20 and 21 by faculty in the Departments of History, French and English of University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) and hosted at WARC. Senghor passed away in December 2002 and the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Césaire (1913-2008) will be celebrated in the upcoming year.

The colloquium, which was held on December 20, featured presentations from specialists at University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), along with their counterparts from US Universities.

The colloquium was followed by a public round table on the same topic on Friday December 21, with the participation of other prominent faculty from UCAD and other well-known intellectuals, thinkers and writers in the Senegalese capital. The audience counted no fewer than 60 people and the events were covered by a number of local newspapers including Le Quotidien, Le Soleil, and La Tribune.

Both events clearly spelt out the need for a reappraisal of the writings of Aimé Césaire and Leopold Sedar Senghor. There is an urgency, according to panelists, to re-read and re-interpret Senghor’s thinking since his double position as a political leader (president of Senegal from 1960 to 1981) and poet-philosopher hindered an unbiased understanding of his poetry and of his various philosophical, political and cultural essays.