Felwine Sarr was born in Senegal in 1972 and grew up between Strasbourg, Kaolack, Tambacounda and Dakar, following the assignments of his father who was in the army. A Professor of Economics, he trained at the University of Orléans and has been lecturing at the Gaston Berger University of Saint Louis since 2007. He has published the meditative essay Dahij (Gallimard, Paris, 2009), the collection of short stories 105, rue Carnot, the philosophical text Méditations Africaines (Mémoire d’encrier, Montréal, 2011 and 2012), and subsequently Afrotopia (Jimsaan-Philippe Ray, Paris-Dakar, 2016). He cofounded the Laboratory for the Analysis of Societies and Powers/Africa-Diasporas (LASPAD) in Saint Louis, as well as the publishing company Jimsaan in Dakar. At the end of October 2016 he will be organizing, along with the Cameroonian political scientist Achille Mbembe, the first annual edition of “Thinking Workshops” in Dakar and Saint Louis. The objective is to take stock of current thinking in French-speaking Africa and stimulate a “non-colonial” school of thought, able to make proposals other than criticizing the colonial period.
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The second edition of the “Ateliers de la pensée” will be held in Dakar from 1 to 4 November 2017. These Workshops were launched in 2016 by Felwine Sarr, a Senegalese economist and writer, and Achille Mbembe, a Cameroonian historian based in Johannesburg, and have opened a space for...
Senegalese economist and writer Felwine Sarr, the author of Afrotopia, advocates for a new approach to what is called the “development” of Africa, and for a new outlook on African economies.