EUNIC cluster Senegal
EUNIC Senegal organizes on May 23 a breakfast/debate on "Culture and Development". This event marks the first anniversary of this cycle regularly presented by Senegal EUNIC. For this occasion, Professor Achille Mbembé will be the guest of the debate and present a preview of his upcoming book "Critique de la raison nègre". Achille Mbembé is a professor of history and political science at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and launched the first breakfast in 2012, on the occasion of Europe Day and the sidelines of the biennial DAK'ART.
On 30 June 2011, the institutes and cultural services of the European embassies in Senegal formed the first EUNIC group in francophone sub-Saharan Africa. Establishing the group was a logical consolidation of several years of collaborations between the cultural operators of the member countries, under the aegis of a European Union Delegation, which is dynamic and highly involved in the cultural sector. With a contribution of between 1 and 2 million euros (9th and 10th EDF), the EU Delegation has a significant role in structuring and professional development of public and non-state cultural stakeholders. However, the relationship with civil society and artists required the establishment of an intermediary, a "go-between" between macroeconomic structural policies and minor, everyday activities which put culture at the heart of development issues.
As part of breakfast / discussion "Culture and Development" EUNIC in Senegal, the Austrian Embassy in Dakar invited in March Sylvia Amann, consultant and expert in cultural and creative economy (Member of the European Expert Network on Culture,
As part of its breakfast / discussions "Culture and Development", the group EUNIC in Senegal is pleased to invite you to a meeting with Sylvain Sankalé, Doctor of Law and former lawyer inf Paris and Dakar, member of the 'International Assoc
Breakfast debate Sokhamon hotel 'Traffic of antiquities and the looting of African heritage' by EUNIC in Senegal
As part of its breakfast/debates Culture and Development of EUNIC in Senegal, the Swiss embassy in Dakar invited in February M. Eric Huysecom, Professor at the department of anthropology and ecology at the University of Geneva and invited professor at different other universities (Bamako, Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Neuchâtel). He currently leads a research team in archaeology of more than 40 persons in the Falémé valley. The presentation dealing about the traffic of antiquities and the looting of the African heritage was followed and appreciated my many persons.
A roundtable discussion about culture and development was organised on November 12 by EUNIC in Senegal. The meeting took place during the International Conference over Creative Industries in Africa. The guest speaker: Ouafa Belgacen (General Secretary of Arterial Network), discussed on the theme of "Cultural networks in Africa and their roles in the development of cultural sectors in African countries".
26 September 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of the Eu- ropean Day of Languages (EDL) celebrated at the Council of Europe and throughout its 47 member states. The Council of Europe hopes that this Day will be celebrated both by autho- rities in its member states and all potential partners (politi- cal, public and voluntary).
The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:
This presentation discussed how artistic experience in the suburbs of Dakar are in conflict with the Senghorian heri- tage of a hierarchy of cultural practice. The latter makes a distinction between "fine arts" for one's aesthetic apprecia- tion, and "folk art", which is often subject to analysis by eth- nologists (and which, according to Senghor, is not uplifting). Thirty years later, the meeting between art and the citizens remains problematic and creates de facto inequality in ac- cess to culture. This begs the question: is cultural activism by artists in the suburbs or organisations that support artis- tic creation—in the context of a market economy—heading towards creative vitality, or does it undermine the principle?
In recent years, European cultural institutions in Senegal have raised their concerns regarding difficulties in access to culture for everybody, especially in the field of cinema. It is clear that a divide has been created between films, ci- nema and the Senegalese people. There has been a loss of interest in the profession and training, as well as its cultural and artistic value. The art is struggling to survive due to a lack of investment and effective measures from the government.
This time on Goethe-Institut premises, EUNIC Senegal hosted Ms. Fatou Kiné Camara, Doctor of Law, Lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science and Law at UCAD and awarded the Human Rights Prize for the fiftieth anniversary of African independence. Senegal is a country of many ethnic groups. The Wolof are the largest group, with about 43%, followed by Fulani 23.2%, Serer with 14.8%, Jola 5.5%, Mandinka 4.6%; there are around ten other ethnic groups. French, the official language of Senegal, was determined by the colonial era. In fact, only about 10% of Senegalese are francophone.