Program 2019

Under the sign of Prometheus. The Paths of revolt

Under the sign of Prometheus, the second Trobades Mediterrànies Albert Camus focused on revolt, a keystone of the Camusian reflection.

Gathered in Menorca, the island bathed in light but also exposed to all the winds of the Mediterranean, specialists in the work of Camus, writers, artists, journalists and personalities from the world of culture hailing from the various shores of our common sea, sought to be a voice for those who, faced with the obscurantist forces of destruction, pitted the shining forces of creation; who, faced with chaos, aspired lucidly of an order guarded by Nemesis, the goddess of restraint. Utopia it is, but “relative utopia”, according to Camus who declares: “At the end of this tunnel of darkness, however, there is inevitably a light, which we already divine and for which we only have to fight to ensure its coming. All of us, among the ruins, are preparing a renaissance beyond the limits of nihilism.”

This affirmation served as our guide in 2019, with no grand claim to “reform the world”, but at least “in a world threatened with destruction” to “prevent it from destroying itself”. The objective of this second gathering was indeed to contribute to the fulfilment of the wish expressed by Camus in his Nobel acceptance speech in Stockholm.

Through the analysis and testimonies of the different guest speakers, the 2019 Trobades sought to map and found, as Camus did, an “invincible summer”.

Day 1


Rebellion is born of the spectacle of irrationality”

Faced with the chaos, faced with the absurd, the revolt

Opening of the Gathering

4 – 5:10 pm


From Chaos to Reconstruction

5:30 – 7 pm

Day 2


“Its blind impulse demands order in the midst of chaos”

Solitude-Solidarity. Individual revolt-collective revolt?


Ancient Greece, Modern Greece and the Camusian Revolt

9:30 – 10:40 am

Prometheus, Sisyphus and the Others. Michel Barré
Revolt, Nemesis, love: Camus and Seferis. Yannis Kiourtsakis

Round table

The Relevance Today ofThe State of Siege and The Plague. Are We in a “State of Siege”?

11 am – 1 pm

Marie-Thérèse Blondeau. Moderator
Tahar Ben Jelloun
Marylin Maeso


The Logic of the “Rebel Heart” according to Camus

1:10- 2:20 pm

Samantha Novello & Pedro Olalla

Lunch break

2:30 – 4 pm


To Say “No” before The Rebel: From the Soir Républicain to the Combat Editorials

4 – 5:20 pm

Philippe Vanney

The Rebel

Elias Sanbar

Talks – Dialogue

Women in Revolt

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Anne Prouteau
Zineb Sedira
Isabel Muñoz
Haifa Zangana

Day 3


“Even in destruction, there is an order, there are limits”

The “Meridian Thought”. Maintain intact the initial momentum of the revolt with due regard for restraint


Revolt, Love of Life and Consent

9:30 –10:30 am

Agnès Spiquel

Talks – Dialogue

Art and revolt. The Artist and Our Time

10:40- 12:40 am

Jacques Ferrandez
François Cheval
Alfredo Jaar
Jihan El-Tahri

Round Table

The Struggles. From Revolt to Action: Activist Journalists and Citizens Today

12:50 – 2:20 pm

Edwy Plenel
Olga Rodríguez
Lluís Foix

Conference of Olga Rodriguez offered by: Casa Mediterráneo

Lunch break

2:30 – 4 pm

Talks – Dialogue

“Neither Fear Nor Hatred!” “Neither Victims Nor Executioners!”

4- 5:30 pm

Screening of the film Letter to a Friend in Gaza by Amos Gitai
Amos Gitai
Bernard Guetta

Talks – Dialogue

How do we respond to contemporary excesses?

5:40-7:10 pm

Françoise Kleltz-Drapeau
Luis García Montero

Conclusions- end of the gathering

7:20- 8 pm

Miguel Ángel Moratinos

Day 4


Aperitif Trobades

12 pm

To round off the meetings, Trobades proposes an aperitif with the participants on Sunday 28th of April at midday, a new opportunity for exchange in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, enjoying the landscape of Menorca and a glass of local wine.

In addition, the authors who are still with us that day will sign their works.

Day 5


Educational program for students of Menorca

10.30 – 11.40 h

“The roads of revolt in the life and work of Camus”

Agnès Spiquel

11.45 – 13.30 h

Projection of the film Jean-François and the meaning of life, followed by a conversation with its director

Sergi Portabella


The team of the Trobades Mediterrànies Albert Camus would like to thank all those who have made this second edition possible.

Particularly thanks to our co-organizers the Conselleria de Cultura, Participació i Esports del Govern des Illes Balears and the Consell Insular de Menorca. Thanks also to the sponsorship this year of the Fundació Foment del Turisme de Menorca. And of course of the support of our sponsors and collaborators: Fomento al Desarrollo, Proyecto Exeira, Obra Social “la Caixa”, Ajuntament de Maó, Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte, Dirección General del Libro y Fomento de la Cultura, Instituto Cervantes, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Institut Français d’Espagne, Casa Mediterráneo, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Barcelona, Iberia, Iberia Regional Air Nostrum, Esther Woerdehoff Gallery, Cayón Gallery, 21è Menorca Jazz Primavera 2019, Talleres Islados, Autos Valls, Bodegas Torralbenc, Farmers & Co., Aquitaine, Cadena Ser, Menorca Es Diari. And to the companies from Menorca that have accompanied us this year: Viatges Magon, Menorca Transfer Services, Gráficas Menorca, Tecnográfico, DCD Productions, Hotel Alcaufar Vell, Hotel Biniarroca, Hotel Binissaida, Hotel Barceló Occidental, Hotel Sant Roc, Venta Casa Paco, Catering S’Algar, Ses Forquilles, Sa Musclera, Club Náutico Binisafúa, Teatre Principal de Maó.

We look forward to seeing you in 2020 for the II Premi Mediterrani Albert Camus and in 2021 for the III Trobades Mediterrànies Albert Camus!