Speakers 2019


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Michel

Barré

(Saint-Nazaire,1940) taught Classical Literature in France first, then in Beirut, Tunis, Casablanca and Madrid.
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Tahar

Ben Jelloun

(Fez, 1944). He is a writer, painter and teaches philosophy. Winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1987 for his novel The Sacred Night. Tahar Ben Jelloun lives between Paris, Tangier and Marrakesh.
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Marie-Thérèse

Blondeau

(Paris, 1948). Professor of Modern Literature, is vice president of the Society of Camusian Studies since 2009, and member of the editorial committee of the Présence d’Albert Camus Review.
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François

Cheval

(Belfort, 1954). With an academic background in history and ethnology, he has been a museum curator since 1982.

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Juan

Cruz

(Puerto de la Cruz, 1948). Journalist, writer, and editor.
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Erri

de Luca

(Naples, 1950). Novelist, journalist, poet and translator of Ancient Hebrew and Yiddish. Among the literary awards he has received are the Prix France Culture (1994), the Prix Fémina Étranger for his work Montedidio (2002), the European Prize for Literature (2013) and the European Parliament’s European Book Prize (2016).
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Jihan

El Tahri

Writer, director and producer of documentary films. She is a French and Egyptian national.
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Jacques

Ferrandez

(Algiers, 1955). Graphic novelist.

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Lluís

Foix

(Rocafort de Vallbona, 1943). Graduated in journalism and in law. He has been awarded the Quim Regàs prize for journalism, and in 2016, he won the Premio Josep Pla, an award celebrating Catalan literature, for his book Aquella porta giratòria. His other publications include La marinada sempre arriba (2014) and El que la terra m’ha donat (2017).
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Luis

García Montero

(Granada, 1958). Poet, novelist, essayist, professor of Spanish literature and, since July 2018, director of the Instituto Cervantes. He is a professor at the University of Granada, where he has held various positions, such as head of the Secretariat for University Extension.
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Amos

Gitai

(Haifa, 1950). Filmmaker, PhD in architecture (University of Berkeley). His work has been honoured with numerous awards and presented in complete retrospectives all over the world.
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Bernard

Guetta

(Boulogne-Billancourt, 1951). Journalist specializing in geopolitics, he has also published several works on international relations and has received six journalism awards, among them the Prix Albert Londres and the European Press Prize.

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Audrey

Hoareau

(Dijon, 1983). Curator and exhibition organizers
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Alfredo

Jaar

(Santiago de Chile, 1956). Artist, architect, and filmmaker. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1995, a MacArthur Fellow in 2000 and received the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2019.
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Yannis

Kiourtsakis

(Athens, 1941). Essayist, novelist and translator. He won the award for best novel for his 1995 work Le Dicôlon. In 2017, he won the Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature françaises.
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Françoise

Kleltz-Drapeau

(Paris, 1956). PhD in Greek philosophy (Sorbonne University – Paris IV), she has worked under the direction of Pierre Aubenque and carried out research in Greece to study the concept of just measure in Aristotle.


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Marylin

Maeso

(Montpellier, 1988) is a college philosophy lecturer in Orleans (France).
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Cristina

Morales

(Granada, 1985). Law and political sciences graduate; specialist in international relations. She is the author of the novels Los combatientes (winner of the 2012 Premio INJUVE de Narrativa, awarded by the Spanish government’s Institute for Youth); Malas palabras; Terroristas modernos; and Lectura fácil (winner of the 2018 Premio Herralde de Novela, an annual literary prize awarded by Spanish publishing house Anagrama).
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Isabel

Muñoz

Isabel Muñoz (Barcelona, 1951). World-renowned photographer. She is known for platinum development techniques and extra-large formats, which she uses to strengthen her message of passion for the body as a means of approaching the study of human beings.
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Samantha

Novello

(Florence, 1974). Lecturer in philosophy and history.


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Pedro

Olalla

(Oviedo, 1966). Writer, Hellenist, professor, translator and filmmaker. He counts the title of Ambassador of Hellenism among the major awards he has received in recognition of his oeuvre and his efforts to promote Greek culture.
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Edwy

Plenel

(Nantes, 1952) has been a journalist since 1976.
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Anne

Prouteau

(Lorient, 1965). Senior lecturer in French literature at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers (France) and vice president of the Society of Camusian Studies, she is involved in promoting the work of the writer.
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Olga

Rodríguez

(León, 1975) is a journalist and writer, specializing in international information and human rights.
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Elias

Sanbar

(Haifa, 1947). Writer, diplomat and translator of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Ambassador and Permanent Observer of Palestine to UNESCO since 2006.
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Zineb

Sedira

(Paris, 1963). Multidisciplinary artist. Lives in London and works between Algiers, Paris and London.
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Agnès

Spiquel

(La Gorgue, 1948). Professor Emeritus of French literature at the University of Valenciennes and Chairwoman of the Society of Camusian Studies.
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Philippe

Vanney

(France, 1950). Lecturer in French language and civilization in the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Dokkyo University in Japan, where he emigrated in 1975.
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Haifa

Zangana

(Baghdad, 1950). Author and activist.