11 July 2017
The Social Forum in Benicassim over three consecutive days will take a look at the political and social consequences of colonialism in Africa and will discuss the answers that have emerged from the continent in an effort to leave this reality behind.
Entitled ‘Decolonisation and freedom: the African way to democracy’ is the first debate of this political trilogy on Monday 14 August, that makes reference to concouis decolonization as a means of shaking off the inheritance that limits the emergence of African forms of achieving democracy. This debate will be joined by the Firoze Manji, the anthropologist Rafael Crespo, and the author Mamadou Dia.
The debate, African diplomacy for resolving conflicts: dialogue with the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Mohamed Ben Cheikh and Itziar Ruiz-Giménez will continue with the theme on August 15. The dialogue, will address the African idea of diplomacy as a way to reaching agreements. Mohamed Ben Cheikh himself will be joined Itziar Ruiz-Giménez, director of the Master in International Relations and African Studies in the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid.
Closing the circle will be Learning from Africa. Remembering Thomas Sankara. The session revolves around the figure and the legacy of the assassinated ex-president of Burkino Faso, who provided a fresh perspective to democracy, the use of power and the concept of citizenship. Participating will be his sister, the actress and author Odile Sankara, and Boniface Ofogo, a key expert on the life of Sankara.