Inauguration of the Chair of African Literature and Arts at the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco on May 16 and 17, 2022
The Academy of the Kingdom will proceed, on Monday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m., to the inauguration of the Chair of African Literature and Arts. The implementation of the Chair’s activities will continue during the day of May 17 with an international symposium in tribute to Yambo Ouologuem entitled: “From the Duty of Violence to the Duties of Literature”.
Yambo Ouologuem (1940-2017), Renaudot Prize in 1968 for “Le Devoir de violence”, is a great Malian writer with a singular destiny. Bruised by accusations of plagiarism from harsh and unfair criticism, Yambo Ouologuem chose exile and silence. It is this silence that this colloquium-tribute will attempt to explain.
During these two days, the members of the Academy of the Kingdom, the heads of the Chair, Pr Eugène Ebodé and Dr Rabiaa Marhouch, Pr Abderrhaman Tenkoul, the members of the steering committee will attend the work dedicated to the work of Yambo Ouologuem. “doctoral students from the Academy” and the writers and academics invited on this occasion, namely the writer Tahar Ben Jelloun, the Guadeloupean author Simone Schwarz-Bart, the Cameroonian novelist Calixthe Beyala, the writer and publisher Jean-Pierre Orban, literary agent Pierre Astier, academic Aboubakr Chraïbi, American critic and translator Christopher Wise, and academics Kaiju Harinen and Sarah Burnautzki,
The Chair of African Literature and Arts aims to decompartmentalize, promote and circulate African cultural heritage in Africa. Long dislocated knowledge, regimented under various linguistic categories, scattered by the winds of History, will resume forms and faces. By what means contribute to a better valorization of African literary and artistic productions? By the desire to repatriate a dispersed literary and cultural memory, by the determination to list and trace the celebrated or forgotten creations of the continent, the oldest of humanity.
It is the epistemological break and the consolidation of African imaginations that constitute the horizon of this Chair, in order to restore Africa’s cultural heritage and give new content to university cooperation and academic partnerships.
Open, conceptually innovative, the Chair aims to constitute a structuring pole for the collection, reassessment and dissemination of literary and artistic knowledge on the continent. It also aspires to the role of body of consecration in Africa, by Africa and for Africa, thanks to international cooperations concerned with pooling knowledge and respectful of an ethic based on equal access for all cultures to the great contemporary literary, cultural and artistic scene.