Arequipa 2020

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Event 21

J.M. Blanquer in conversation with Nelson Vallejo-Gómez

On Education

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Focussing on the latest book by the French Minister of National Education, Sports and Youth, Jean-Michel Blanquer (École ouverte, Gallimard, Paris, 2021), this event will analyse, based on the work of the philosopher Edgar Morin on crisis and complexity, the lessons that can be drawn from the Covid-19 pandemic with regard to the institutional and pedagogical management of the school and educational system. The mandatory confinement of the population and post-lockdown difficulties have brought about an international debate between those in favour of the “open school”, that is to say, hybrid schooling with some presence at the school together with strict health protocols, and those in favour of the “closed school”, which is only virtual and avoids taking risks or dealing with uncertainty in a critical situation. A change of epistemological, socioeconomic and cultural paradigm is at stake. What is required is a questioning of teaching and education from both new and traditional viewpoints, since the pandemic has brought to light a serious systemic crisis. What we need is a rethinking of what is understood by the digital technological revolution, data mining, artificial intelligence, as well as a consideration of whether schooling is the most important thing for the development of a society, or whether it is an “adjustment variable” or an “ideological flag” that is in danger within our society. In conversation with Nelson Vallejo-Gomez.

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Event 22

Marie-Noëlle Hébert in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

The Body as a Battlefield

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Marie-Noëlle Hébert (Canada) is a Canadian graphic designer and illustrator. Largely self-taught in this area, she also has experience as an art historian and a screenwriter. She is the author of a number of illustrations for the documentary Carricks - dans le sillage des Irlandais (2017, Viveka Melki). She recently published the autobiographical graphic novel My Body in Pieces, in which she reflects on the difficulties she experienced in terms of her attitude to her body from the age of eleven, when her father and the people around her started referring to her as fat, and how these difficulties lasted into her adult years. She will talk to Ingrid Bejerman.

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Event 22B

Mercedes Aráoz and Rosa Mavila in conversation with Mabel Huertas

Women in Peruvian Politics: Harassed and Empowered

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2021 is a historical year for Perú, not only because of its 200 years of independence, but because for the first time since we are a republic, the participation of women in parliament reached 49 seats. However, not everything is good news: the cabinet of ministers is still uneven. Structural, cultural and institutional factors that limit women’s representation in politics persist, apart from the perpetuation of stereotypes, harassment and violence. Without regard to ideology, two women will tell us how difficult it has been for them to make policy in this country. With Mercedes Aráoz, ex Prime Minister; and the ex congresswoman Rosa Mavila in conversation with Mabel Huertas.

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Event 23

Pablo Fajardo, Rodrigo Lledó and Philippe Sands in conversation with Kate Harrisson

Naming ecocide

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The scientific evidence clearly indicates that the present rates of greenhouse gas emission and ecosystem destruction will have catastrophic consequences for our environment. Together with the political, diplomatic and economic initiatives, international law has a role to play in the transformation of our relationship with the natural world. It is in this context that, in late 2020, the Stop Ecocide Foundation convened a panel of independent experts for the legal definition of ecocide. Three of these twelves lawyers, Philippe Sands (United Kingdom), Pablo Fajardo (Ecuador) and Rodrigo Lledó (Chile), will talk about the work involved in preparing a practical and effective rendering of the crime of ecocide, and how this, in June 2021, provided the basis for a consensus about a basic text offering a definition of ecocide as an international crime. The inclusion of ecocide in the Statute of Rome would add a new crime to the practice of international law. It may also contribute to a change of awareness, one that points in a new direction in terms of protecting the environment, one with a more collaborative and effective legal framework safeguarding our future together on the planet we share. They will talk to the British Ambassador in Peru, Kate Harrisson.

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Event HF1

Carmen McEvoy and Mariana Sansone

A little piece of flag

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Trocito. Un pedacito de tela que soñaba con ser bandera is a book written by Carmen McEvoy and Mariana Sansone about a grandmother and her granddaughter who together transform a bit of cloth lost on the ocean into one of the most important of patriotic symbols: the flag. McEvoy and Sansone, respectively a historian and a political scientist, and also mother and daughter, present this wonderful illustrated story for children, one that deals with, among other things, the construction of Peruvian identity.

For children ages 4 to 6

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Event HF2

Juan Gedovius

Alice today

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If there is something that classic works have in common, it is that they can be interpreted and reinterpreted again and again, and at each turn we can find a new view or possible meanings, in such a way that the dialogue between the work and each new period is always up-to-date. The entertaining and versatile Mexican illustrator, writer and musician Juan Gedovius presents the classics by Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and The Hunting of the Snark, in versions illustrated by him. At this event, Gedovius will share the story of Alice, the girl who, one summer’s day, came across a white rabbit who was wearing a jacket and carrying a pocket watch, and followed it until she fell into the legendary Wonderland, and discovered a varied and unforgettable group of characters. He will talk to the children who attend about his own adventure transforming these great works into pictures.

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Event 24

Alex Beard in conversation with Fernando Bolaños Galdós

The future of education

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One of the great experts on what characteristics education will need in order to face the challenges of tomorrow’s world is Alex Beard (United Kingdom). He is a member of Teach For All, a network of independent organizations that work for global education, and author of Natural Born Learners, an important book that draws on two years of travel around the world observing educational models in very different places, particularly ones that have brought success in terms of social or technological development. At this event, Beard will talk about the challenges faced by education today –particularly with the Covid-19 pandemic– and how we can move towards forms of education that face up to the difficulties of our times: health emergencies, the climate crisis, the dizzying advance of technology, and social inequality. He will talk to Fernando Bolaños Galdos, also an expert on education.

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Event HF3

A visit to mónimo Publishing House with Elena Fernández Ferro, Mariana Río and Julia Viñas

Diosario

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mónimo is an independent Latin American publishing house born in 2021 that seeks to build a children’s catalogue focusing on fiction, from Peru. Its first book is the collection of Peruvian Gods, beings and spirits in the form of the alphabet: Diosario. Using humour and with a unique visual narrative, it seeks to bring us close to the fantastic world that this country embraces. With an interdisciplinary group of talents from different nationalities, Diosario is built with its feet on the ground, placing the most venerated creatures at a close distance while we touch the sky. With the writer of the book Elena Fernández Ferro (Argentina), the illustrator Mariana Río (Portugal) and the editor Julia Viñas (Argentina).

For children ages 2 - 8

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Event 25

Sandra Borda, Glatzer Tuesta and Daniela Rea in conversation with Gonzalo Banda

Covering Latin America and its challenges

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As has so often happened in its history, Latin America has been going through a period of great transformations and socio-political turbulence, something that has been made worse by the devastating effects on the region of the current pandemic. Although the territory has an incredible geographical, linguistic, cultural and ethnic diversity, there are certain shared historical, social, political and cultural patterns that will be dealt with at this event and discussed by well-known experts on the situation of Latin America today. From social inequality, political and economic instability, forced disappearances and protests against the system, to the challenges of being a good journalist when faced with censorship and disinformation, Sandra Borda (Colombia), Glatzer Tuesta (Peru) and Daniela Rea (Mexico) will talk about the diverse and complex Latin American scene, in conversation with Gonzalo Banda.

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Event 26

Ken Follett in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

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Ken Follett is one of the most read authors in the English language and has captivated an extraordinary number of readers around the world in his 35-year writing career: his books have sold over 160 million copies in at least 30 languages. He is perhaps best known for his historical novels, from the publication of Eye of the Needle, and his acclaimed work The Pillars of the Earth, one of the world’s most read novels, to the recent prequel, The Evening and the Morning. This distinguished writer has recently caused a commotion in the literary world with his new novel Never, which takes the history of the First World War as the inspiration for a hypothetical Third World War. The protagonist, Tamara, aims to stop the conflict from a CIA base in North Africa, juggling with actors that range from local terrorist groups to the US President. In conversation with the BBC journalist, Juan Carlos Pérez.

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Event 27

Libia Brenda and Vandana Singh in conversation with Ed Finn

Climate Champions COP26 - Imagining the future

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The reality of the current series of environmental disasters is accompanied by a narrative of catastrophe that, at times, makes it difficult to conceive or imagine the possibilities for global cooperation needed to face the challenges that the climate crisis poses. Therefore an urgent task is to produce and disseminate stories of hope and transformation, ones that are linked to local realities and to the latest scientific knowledge. The possibility of inspiring communities around the world to envisage their own positive climate futures will enable the imagining, and the doing, of the work needed to reorient economies and cultural practices around the world towards more sustainable models. The Climate Imagination Fellowship, presented by Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, is intended to stimulate the creation of positive stories about the future that can act as catalysts for action in the present. Libia Brenda, the first Mexican woman nominated for a Hugo Award, and Vandana Singh, a speculative fiction writer and a Physics lecturer, will talk to Ed Finn, Director of both the Center for Science and the Imagination and the Climate Imagination Fellowship, about fiction, hope and climate justice.

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Event 28

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in conversation with Santiago Roncagliolo

On grief

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is considered to be one of the most talented writers on the international scene, as the author of contemporary classics such as Half of a Yellow Sun, Americanah and the essay We Should All Be Feminists. Her most recent work is entitled Notes on Grief, and in it the author talks about her mourning after the death of her father, setting her thoughts within the context of the global pandemic, obliged to grieve at a distance since she was unable to leave the United States while her father was dying on another continent. This moving work will resonate with the experiences of millions of people around the world, at this moment of great trauma when grief, loss and death have become an even greater presence for so many people all over the planet. In conversation with writer Santiago Roncagliolo.

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Event 29

Anahí de Cárdenas in conversation with Jimena Díaz Zapater

Fuck Cancer

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The life of Anahí de Cárdenas was turned upside down in 2019 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, this Peruvian actor, singer and dancer has undergone a complex and transformational process of healing, undergoing a course of chemotherapy. In 2020 she created the digital festival Fuck Cáncer + Fuck COVID, a free musical event that raised funds to fight cancer and Covid-19. She has recorded this difficult but life-changing time in her book Fuck cancer, about which she will talk in conversation with the journalist Jimena Díaz Zapater.

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Event 29B

Luis García Montero in conversation with Alonso Ruiz Rosas

A conversation about the origin of writing and books in Perú

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The Instituto Cervantes has organized and exceptional exhibition in Madrid: Libros y autores en el Virreinato del Perú. El legado de la cultura letrada hasta la Independencia. The first press in South America was located in Lima, and between 1584 and 1700 the Peruvian capital had the monopoly of the editing business in the region. Peru also had the most important libraries, and the elites had power over what was being written and were fostering a series of decisive ideas for their country's emancipation. The director of the Instituto Cervantes, Luis García Montero, will talk about this topic with one of the curators of the exhibition, Alonso Ruiz Rosas.

Event 30

Michi Strausfeld in conversation with Luis Rodriguez Pastor

A Legendary Editor

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The renowned publisher Michi Strausfeld will talk to the cultural journalist Luis Rodríguez Pastor about her exceptional career in the book industry, working in two different languages (German and Spanish) and two literary traditions. After studying French, English and Spanish at the University of Cologne (1969), Strausfeld has lived in Bogota, Madrid, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona. From 1974 to 2008 she was in charge of the Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese collection at the Suhrkamp publishing house, where she was responsible for the publication of more than 350 books. In July 2008 she moved to the publisher S. Fischer Verlag (Frankfurt) in order to create a new Spanish-language literature collection. She also directed the child and young adult collection for Alfaguara between 1977 and 1999, which published over 550 titles; and, from 1990, Siruela’s Las Tres Edades collection, aimed at readers between 8 and 88, where she has been responsible for the release of around 250 books. In 2009 she received the Order of Isabel la Católica for her work disseminating Spanish-language literature in Germany. Her most recent book is Mariposas amarillas y los señores dictadores. América Latina narra su historia (2021).

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Event 31

Yuval Noah Harari in conversation with Moisés Naím

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Few intellectuals have captivated and excited so many readers as Yuval Noah Harari. He is the author of the ambitious books Sapiens. A Brief History of Humankind (2014), Homo Deus. A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016) and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018), titles that have been translated into 60 languages and have sold over 30 million copies. The Israeli writer, historian and philosopher, Doctor in History from Oxford University and lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is one of the most incisive thinkers today, able to articulate some of the most critical themes from human history and civilization in his books, covering everything from religion to technology, from the invention of agriculture to the arrival of capitalism. In his most recent publication, Sapiens. A Graphic History (2021), Harari adapts his acclaimed work Sapiens into visual language, telling the human story in images with the help of his fellow writer David Vandermeulen and the illustrator Daniel Casanave. In this first volume of what is set to be a graphic series, Harari covers the early period of humanity and presents our distant relatives, the Neanderthals. In conversation with the writer and journalist Moisés Naím.

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Event HF4

Christian Ayuni

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El ABC de los seres fantásticos en Perú, the most recent publication by the gifted children’s writer Christian Ayuni, is an album book that presents the alphabet illustrated with extraordinary figures from the ancient myths and legends of Peru. Christian will share the stories and images of these marvellous beings at this event.


For children ages 5 to 10

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Event 32

Martín Caparrós, Moisés Naím, Natalia Sobrevilla and Michael Reid in conversation with Jacqueline Fowks

SURA event: Polarization, protests and the future of Latin America

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Few regions of the world have undergone such political upheaval as Latin America in recent times. The continent has been the setting for numerous socio-political protests and movements, in which very different nations have experienced similar discontent and social agitation. It is possible that this is the result of the common colonial-historical background, which has resulted in most cases in very polarized societies, with high levels of poverty and inequality, which have only increased with the health emergency caused by the pandemic. The journalist and writer Martín Caparrós (Argentina), the journalist Moisés Naím (Venezuela), the historian Natalia Sobrevilla (Peru) and the journalist Michael Reid (United Kingdom) will talk to the journalist Jacqueline Fowks (Peru) with the goal of trying to understand and find common ground regarding the complexity of the social processes that are happening on our continent.

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Event HF5

The fantastic animals of Amaia Arrazola

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Amaia Arrazola is an illustrator, writer and muralist. She is the author of the book and game Animales fantásticos, which can be used to combine shapes and the sounds that animals make to create new, fantastic animals. Amaia invites us to free our imaginations to roam through the pages of this book full of extraordinary creatures yet to be discovered.

For children ages 1 to 3

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Event 33

Marie Modiano in conversation with Jesús Martínez

Lointain: A novel

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The French writer and singer Marie Modiano had very early contact with the world of art, as the daughter of the French Nobel prize-winner, Patrick Modiano, and the illustrator Dominique Zehrfuss, and has had a prolific career which has seen the release of five albums, two poetry books and two novels. Her most recent work is Lointain (2021), a story that evokes the young love between a theatre actor and a writer, characterized by the atmosphere of uncertainty, melancholy and nostalgia left by the writer’s disappearance. She will talk about this with Jesús Martínez.

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