Hay Festival Colombia Digital

Hay Festival Colombia took place from 21 to 30 of January 2022, with events in the cities of Cartagena de Indias, Medellín and Jericó. You are currently browsing the digital programme of the festival.

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Event 31

Martín Caparros in conversation with Javier Lafuente

From Ñamérica

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

The renowned Argentinean writer, journalist and thinker Martín Caparrós is the author of over a dozen novels and several books of non-fiction and essays, including El hambre, an extraordinary book in which the author tells of his travels around the world examining the causes, consequences and social conditions in the countries that face systemic problems with malnutrition and hunger, as against more prosperous societies who live other realities. The author presents Ñamérica, an impressive study of Latin America, home to 400 million people with much in common in terms of their historical, cultural, linguistic and social roots, and also one of the most corrupt and unequal regions on the planet. Caparrós will talk to Javier Lafuente.

With the support of Michael Jacobs Foundation and Fundación Gabo

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Event 32

Pilar Quintana and Felipe Restrepo Pombo in conversation with Claudia Morales

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

Two Colombian authors talk about their most recent works with Claudia Morales. The Colombian writer Pilar Quintana is the author of five novels and a book of short stories that have been translated into more than fifteen languages; chosen for the Bogotá39 2007, her work has won her the Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana Award and the PEN Translates Award for La perra (2018). His latest work, Los abismos (2021), has been awarded the Alfaguara Novel Prize. The journalist, editor and writer Felipe Restrepo began his career under the direction of Gabriel García Márquez as a reporter at the magazine Cambio and, subsequently, he has been Latin American Editor of Esquire magazine, Cultural Editor of Semana magazine, columnist with El Espectador newspaper and Gente magazine, and the Editor of Gatopardo. He has just published his second novel, Ceremonia, in which he explores the sexuality, desires and loneliness of Latin American elites.

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Event 33

Adela Cortina in conversation with Sandra Borda Guzmán

Imagine... equalities

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Adela Cortina (Spain) has honorary doctorates from a number of universities in Spain and across Europe and Latin America, she is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, has been on the jury of the Princess of Asturias Awards for Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences. She is also the author of over 30 publications, including her book Aporofobia. El rechazo al pobre an essay about the systematic aversion and neglect suffered by the less favoured members of society. In her most recent work, Ética cosmopolita. Una apuesta por la cordura en tiempos de pandemia (2021), the writer and philosopher reflects on some of the crucial questions of our times: how will we overcome the chaos caused by the Covid-19 pandemic? What will the future bring? Cortina talks about these essential matters with Sandra Borda Guzmán.

Event sponsored by Bancolombia, Protección y SURA

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Event 34

Raúl Zurita in conversation with Piedad Bonnett

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

Raúl Zurita is one of the most famous poets in Latin America. His poetry records the violence and atrocities committed against the Chilean people after the military coup of Augusto Pinochet. Detained during the early hours on September 11 1973, he was arrested inprisoned on a ship. He was one of the founders of the group Colectivo Acciones de Arte (CADA), which undertook some very risky public art actions against the regime. In 1982, five airplanes wrote their poem New Life in the New York sky, and in 1993 he had the phrase Ni pena ni miedo (“Neither Sorrow nor Fear”) inscribed in a three-kilometre-long permanent installation in the Atacama Desert. Zurita has received the Guggenheim and DAAD scholarships, as well as other distinctions suchs as the 2000 Chilean National Literature Prize, the Iberoamerican Pablo Neruda Prize in 2016, and the 2020 Reina Sofía Iberoamerican Poetry Prize. He has done poetry readings at numerous universities, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Tufts or Berkeley. On this occasion he will talk about his work with Piedad Bonnett.

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Event 35

Reni Eddo-Lodge and Djamila Ribeiro in conversation with Vanessa Rosales (Spanish version)

Imagine... equalities: racism still

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

The world continues to be deeply racist and in order to change this fact we must understand its context. Vanessa Rosales talks to two writers who have studied and reflected on racism and how to fight it. With Reni Eddo-Lodge (UK), journalist and author and one of the most powerful voices in the race debate today. She is a contributor to media outlets such as The New York Times, The Voice, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, and her first book, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race has caused a global stir. From the world of academia, journalism and activism, the philosopher, writer and activist Djamila Ribeiro (Brazil) occupies a central position in the current struggle for the rights of black and racialized people in Brazil and Latin America. Ribeiro led the Department for Human Rights in the city of São Paulo in 2016 and has been recognized by the BBC as one of the 100 most influential women in the world. In 2019, after publishing her third book, Pequeno manual antirracista (2019), she was awarded the Prince Claus Prize (Netherlands) and chosen by the French Government as a Figure of the Future. Her first book translated into Spanish is Lugar de enunciación (2020).

With the support of Comisión de la Verdad and British Council

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Event 36

Wade Davis in conversation with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar (Spanish version)

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Wade Davis is an acclaimed anthropologist, ethnographer, writer and photographer who has travelled around the world, learning about and living with native cultures in places as remote and diverse as Tibet, Australia, the Amazon, Polynesia and the Arctic. He was explorer-in-residence for the National Geographic Society from 2000 to 2013 and is the award-winning author of 22 books. He featured in the striking documentary about the Colombian Amazon, El sendero de la anaconda, in which he travels along the Apaporis River, following in the footsteps of his teacher, the great biologist Richard Evan Schultes, who studied the ceremonial plants of indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon in the 1940s. His most recent book published in Spanish recounts another great river trip through Colombia, Magdalena: Historias de Colombia (2021), in which he talks about the experience of crossing the country navigating one of its main rivers, discussing the cultural wealth that proliferates on its banks. Since 2016 Davis has been a member of the Order of Canada and in 2018 he was named an Honorary Citizen of Colombia. He will talk about his varied and extraordinary career with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar.

Event sponsored by RCN and Postobón

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Event 37

Camila Sosa Villada in conversation with Gloria Susana Esquivel

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Patio)

The Argentinean actress and writer Camila Sosa Villada starred in Jean Cocteau’s El bello indiferente and played Ale in the film Mía, both directed by Javier Van de Couter. She is the author of the poetry book La novia de Sandro (2015), the autobiographical essay El viaje inútil (2018) and the novel Las malas (2019), a story that begins when, one night, Sosa Villada discovers the world of transvestites in Sarmiento Park in Cordoba, Argentina. She will talk to Gloria Susana Esquivel.

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Event D4

Ibram X. Kendi in conversation with Sara Malagón (Spanish version)

Stamped from the Beginning

 Sede Digital Hay Festival Colombia

Ibram X. Kendi is one of today's leading anti-racist historians and activists. He is one of the leading voices of the Black Lives Matter movement, a Humanities lecturer and founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. In addition, he has written numerous bestsellers and was selected by Time magazine in 2020 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His most recent book to be published in Spanish, Marcados al nacer (2021) (published in English as Stamped from the Beginning) explains the history of racism in America, how it was institutionalized, and questions the notion that racism derives purely from ignorance or hatred. Kendi discusses this urgent issue with Sara Malagón.

With the support of Comisión de la Verdad

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Event D4EN

Ibram X. Kendi in conversation with Sara Malagón (English version)

Stamped from the Beginning

 Sede Digital Hay Festival Colombia

Ibram X. Kendi is one of today's leading anti-racist historians and activists. He is one of the leading voices of the Black Lives Matter movement, a Humanities lecturer and founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. In addition, he has written numerous bestsellers and was selected by Time magazine in 2020 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His most recent book to be published in Spanish, Marcados al nacer (2021) (published in English as Stamped from the Beginning) explains the history of racism in America, how it was institutionalized, and questions the notion that racism derives purely from ignorance or hatred. Kendi discusses this urgent issue with Sara Malagón.

With the support of Comisión de la Verdad

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Event 35EN

Reni Eddo-Lodge and Djamila Ribeiro in conversation with Vanessa Rosales (English version)

Imagine... equalities: racism still

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

The world continues to be deeply racist and in order to change this fact we must understand its context. Vanessa Rosales talks to two writers who have studied and reflected on racism and how to fight it. With Reni Eddo-Lodge (UK), journalist and author and one of the most powerful voices in the race debate today. She is a contributor to media outlets such as The New York Times, The Voice, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, and her first book, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race has caused a global stir. From the world of academia, journalism and activism, the philosopher, writer and activist Djamila Ribeiro (Brazil) occupies a central position in the current struggle for the rights of black and racialized people in Brazil and Latin America. Ribeiro led the Department for Human Rights in the city of São Paulo in 2016 and has been recognized by the BBC as one of the 100 most influential women in the world. In 2019, after publishing her third book, Pequeno manual antirracista (2019), she was awarded the Prince Claus Prize (Netherlands) and chosen by the French Government as a Figure of the Future. Her first book translated into Spanish is Lugar de enunciación (2020).

With the support of Comisión de la Verdad and British Council

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Event 36EN

Wade Davis in conversation with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar (English version)

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Wade Davis is an acclaimed anthropologist, ethnographer, writer and photographer who has travelled around the world, learning about and living with native cultures in places as remote and diverse as Tibet, Australia, the Amazon, Polynesia and the Arctic. He was explorer-in-residence for the National Geographic Society from 2000 to 2013 and is the award-winning author of 22 books. He featured in the striking documentary about the Colombian Amazon, El sendero de la anaconda, in which he travels along the Apaporis River, following in the footsteps of his teacher, the great biologist Richard Evan Schultes, who studied the ceremonial plants of indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon in the 1940s. His most recent book published in Spanish recounts another great river trip through Colombia, Magdalena: Historias de Colombia (2021), in which he talks about the experience of crossing the country navigating one of its main rivers, discussing the cultural wealth that proliferates on its banks. Since 2016 Davis has been a member of the Order of Canada and in 2018 he was named an Honorary Citizen of Colombia. He will talk about his varied and extraordinary career with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar.

Event sponsored by RCN and Postobón

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Event 38

Juan Gabriel Vásquez in conversation with Irene Vallejo

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

Bogota writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez is the author of a dozen books that are published in more than 30 languages and have made him one of the most widely read Colombian authors in the world. Novels such as The Sound of Things Falling (2011), which this year is celebrated with a special ten-year edition, and The Shape of the Ruins (2016) have earned him, among other awards, the Alfaguara Prize, the Gregor von Rezzori-Città di Firenze Award, the Irish IMPAC International Literary Prize and the Roger Caillois Career Prize. In addition, Vásquez is a translator and his opinion pieces appear regularly in El Espectador and El País. In his latest book, Volver la vista atrás, winner of the 2021 Mario Vargas Llosa Biennial Novel Prize, he skilfully narrates the life and work of the great Colombian film director Sergio Cabrera. At this event, the author will talk about his extensive bibliography with Irene Vallejo.

Sponsored by Diario Criterio

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Event 39

Piedad Bonnett in conversation with Fernanda Trías

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

Piedad Bonnett is one of the most renowned writers on the Colombian literary scene, a columnist for El Espectador newspaper and a lecturer at the University of the Andes. She is the author of six novels and several collections of poetry, with work translated into English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Greek and Swedish. She has received, among other awards, the 11th Casa de América Prize for American Poetry and the 2014 José Lezama Lima Poetry Prize. The book Poesía reunidas (2021) is a compilation of her poetic work since its beginnings in 1989, with poems selected from books such as De círculo y ceniza, El hilo de los días, Tretas del débil and Explicaciones no pedidas. Her last book is the novel Qué hacer con estos pedazos (2021), the story of a sixty-four year old woman who is trapped in an apparently happy and calm marital and domestic routine, that in reality hides unseen forms of violence and pain that are normalized by everyday life. in conversation with Fernanda Trías.

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Event 40

Santiago Gamboa in conversation with Daniel Pardo

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

How deep do the wounds of violence seep into a society like Colombia's? Santiago Gamboa, one of the most remarkable storytellers of the Colombian literary landscape, addresses this theme in his most recent book, Colombian Psycho, second novel of a forthcoming trilogy, after Será larga la noche. In Colombian Psycho, Gamboa portrays the national reality with an intriguing and insightful pace, that shifts between reality and fiction. With diverse characters which include a bold prosecutor, a polyamorous indigenist professor, an argentinian mercenary and Santiago Gamboa himself, the reader enters a story of suspense that begins with the discovery of human bones in the mounts of La Calera, at the East of Bogotá. In conversation with the journalist Daniel Pardo.

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Event 41

Vanessa Rosales in conversation with Carolina Echávez

Mujer incómoda

 Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española (Patio)

Carolina Echávez talks to a Cartagena figure whose writings always spark discussion and change: Vanessa Rosales studied History at the University of the Andes, took a Master’s in Journalism at the Argentinian newspaper La Nación and a Master’s in Fashion Studies at the New School for Design in New York. She is the author of the book Mujer incómoda (2021), a collection of personal essays about themes that matter to her as a woman: feminism, aesthetics, love, religion, her native land and intimacy.

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Event 42

Jonathan Franzen in conversation with Margarita Valencia (Spanish version)

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

Jonathan Franzen (United States) was chosen as one of the Best Young American Novelists in the prestigious Granta magazine list of 1996, has appeared on the cover of Time magazine with the title Great American Novelist and has written six novels and several works of non-fiction, receiving major scholarships such as the Fulbright and the Guggenheim. He has also been shortlisted for awards such as the PEN/Faulkner and the Pulitzer, and received awards such as the National Book Award and the Carlos Fuentes Medal. His most recent novel, Crossroads (2021), a family saga set in Chicago in 1971, tells the story of the Hildebrandts. The personal dramas of each member weave together to form a great family tangle framed by the social and cultural reality of the time, and the individual and moral ideals of each one. Franzen talks about this long-awaited novel with Margarita Valencia.

Event sponsored by RCN and Postobón

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Event 43

Juan Cárdenas, Djamila Ribeiro and Velia Vidal in conversation with Ricardo Chica (Portuguese version)

Untold microcosms: Latin American histories in the British Museum

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

The historical narratives that concern Latin America usually have their origin in a colonial perspective. Untold Microcosms: Latin American Stories at the British Museum is a joint project involving the Hay Festival and the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum (SDCELAR) that seeks to problematize and redirect these narratives, generating new discourses through interpretations of objects in the museum’s Americas collection by artists, writers and thinkers from the region. A much-needed rereading of our past to build a more plural and inclusive future. With Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), Djamila Ribeiro (Brazil) and Velia Vidal (Colombia), in conversation with Ricardo Chica, with an introduction by Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

Co-organized with SDCELAR (The Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum)

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Event 43

Juan Cárdenas, Djamila Ribeiro and Velia Vidal in conversation with Ricardo Chica (Spanish version)

Untold microcosms: Latin American histories in the British Museum

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

The historical narratives that concern Latin America usually have their origin in a colonial perspective. Untold Microcosms: Latin American Stories at the British Museum is a joint project involving the Hay Festival and the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum (SDCELAR) that seeks to problematize and redirect these narratives, generating new discourses through interpretations of objects in the museum’s Americas collection by artists, writers and thinkers from the region. A much-needed rereading of our past to build a more plural and inclusive future. With Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), Djamila Ribeiro (Brazil) and Velia Vidal (Colombia), in conversation with Ricardo Chica, with an introduction by Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

Co-organized with SDCELAR (The Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum)

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Event 44

Jon Lee Anderson, Pablo Montoya and Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with María Jimena Duzán (Spanish version)

The degradation of war

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

When a war takes place, the effects of it remain visible for generations; trauma is inherited and it is important to review social and cultural constructions in order to fight against the multiple violences that result from conflict. Three authors who have studied and written about armed conflicts talk about the profound consequences they have for people’s lives. With the journalist Jon Lee Anderson (USA), specialized in Latin America and war conflicts of the XXI century, author of the collection of chronicles on Latin America Los años de la espiral(2020); Pablo Montoya (Colombia), author of the novel La sombra de Orión; and Patrick Radden Keefe (United States), an expert on the armed conflict in Northern Ireland, about which he published the book Say Nothing. In conversation with María Jimena Duzán.

With the support of ICTJ - Centro Internacional para la Justicia Transicional and Fundación Gabo.

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Event 44EN

Jon Lee Anderson, Pablo Montoya and Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with María Jimena Duzán (English version)

The degradation of war

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

When a war takes place, the effects of it remain visible for generations; trauma is inherited and it is important to review social and cultural constructions in order to fight against the multiple violences that result from conflict. Three authors who have studied and written about armed conflicts talk about the profound consequences they have for people’s lives. With the journalist Jon Lee Anderson (USA), specialized in Latin America and war conflicts of the XXI century, author of the collection of chronicles on Latin America Los años de la espiral(2020); Pablo Montoya (Colombia), author of the novel La sombra de Orión; and Patrick Radden Keefe (United States), an expert on the armed conflict in Northern Ireland, about which he published the book Say Nothing. In conversation with María Jimena Duzán.

With the support of ICTJ - Centro Internacional para la Justicia Transicional and Fundación Gabo.

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