Colombia Digital 2021

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The schedules shown for each event are in GMT-5 (Lima, Bogotá, Panamá…). Once the live streaming is over, the recordings will be available until 14 February at 12:00 am for free on this website, below each event description. Afterwards, they will be added to Hay Player, our online archive containing audio and video of the events from all Hay Festivals across the world.

View the Hay Festival Comunitario programme: the section for children and young adults.

View the Talento Editorial programme, our selection of events about the publishing industry.

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Event P16

Alfonso Múnera in conversation with Javier Ortiz Cassiani

Let's talk about Afrocolombian history

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Alfonso Múnera (Colombia), speaks with Javier Ortiz Cassiani about Afrocolombian history, racism and the relevance of revisiting hegemonic histories, looking into his two recently published books, Fronteras imaginadas (Imagined borders) and El fracaso de la nación (The failure of the nation). Fronteras Imaginadas looks into knowledge and thought throughout seven essays, it analyses a series of ideas and reflections on how a group of intellectuals built a dominant thought system about the Colombian nation in the republic of the 19th century, with profound racist connotations, that considered black and indigenous people as inferior beings and the Caribbean and Pacific coasts as marginal territories, withdrawn from progress. El fracaso de la nación acquired its validity by being the first book to show the relevance of black people and mulattos in the founding of the Colombian nation in a systematic and convincing way, and the dramatic conflict between the regions that formed the republic. This talk will remain recorded on the Hay Festival website for later viewing.

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Event 36

Gilles Lipovetsky in conversation with Antonio Morales

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Gilles Lipovetsky (France) is one of the most important philosophers, sociologists and communications theorists of the last five decades; he is a great analyst of the contemporary world and subjects such as hyper-consumption, postmodernity, the media and individualism. His books include L’ère du vide, L’Empire de l’éphémère, andL’occidente mondialisé. He is a Knight of the Legion of Honour and has honorary doctorates from various universities in Europe and North America. His most recent book is Plaire et toucher. Essai sur la société de séduction (2020), and it examines seduction from two perspectives: on one hand, the erotic, which covers courtship mechanisms and dynamics involving couples; on the other hand, forms of contemporary domination: economics, politics and education. Lipovetsky will talk to Antonio Morales.

This event is in Spanish.

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Event 37

Bernardine Evaristo in conversation with Pilar Quintana

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The multi-award winning writer, publisher and literary critic Bernardine Evaristo (United Kingdom) has published eight novels and is a keen activist in favour of multiracial inclusion in the creative industries. Her latest book, Girl, Woman, Other, shared the 2019 Booker Prize with Margaret Atwood. The novel relates the lives of black families in the United Kingdom through a transgenerational look at the stories of twelve protagonists, most of whom are black women. Since its Booker success, the work has been translated into over 30 languages.

This event is in English.

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Event 38

Edwidge Danticat in conversation with Frank Báez

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The award-winning Haitian-US writer Edwidge Danticat is the author of around 20 books of fiction, short stories and non-fiction. Her work covers themes related to women, Haitian identity, racialization, the dynamics of power, poverty and injustice. Her most recent book is Everything Inside (2019), a collection of stories set in Miami and the Caribbean, which range from love to tragedy, and from intimacy to the family. In conversation with Frank Báez.

This event is in English.

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Event 39

Vanessa Springora in conversation with Guadalupe Nettel

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The publisher, writer and filmmaker Vanessa Springora presents her powerful first work, Le consentement, which is being translated into numerous languages. The novel shows us Vanessa Springora aged thirteen, when she meets Gabriel Matzneff, a writer 36 years older than her, who shows his intense feelings for her, blinding her to the predatory nature of what came afterwards. Three decades later, the author reflects on the story, questions the social context that surrounded it and the implications of that incipient and inexpert consent. In conversation with the Mexican writer Guadalupe Nettel.

This event is in French.

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Event 40

Paul Auster in conversation with Marta Orrantia

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The writer and filmmaker Paul Auster (United States) is the author of dozens of books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, which have been translated into around forty languages. He is a member of the US Academy of Arts and Letters, an honorary doctor from the University of Liege, a Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters, and a 2006 Princess of Asturias Award winner. Auster is the author of classics such as The New York Trilogy (1985-1987), Moon Palace (1989), The Book of Illusions (2002) and 4 3 2 1 (2017). He will talk to Marta Orrantia.

This event is in English.

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Event 41

Peter Singer in conversation with Mauricio Diazgranados

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Peter Singer (Australia) is a philosopher and Bioethics lecturer, known for his international bestseller, Animal Liberation, and for his essays on global poverty. His most recent book, Ethics in the Real World, compiles 83 of his articles covering his thought on subjects that are impossible to ignore, such as abortion, euthanasia and animal rights. In conversation with Mauricio Diazgranados

This event is in English.

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Event P17

Melba Escobar and Margarita Posada in conversation with David Lara

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Melba Escobar is the author of the novels Duermevela (2010), Johnny y el mar (2014), House of Beauty and La mujer que hablaba sola (2019), which have been translated into various languages. Her first non-fiction work, Cuando éramos felices pero no lo sabíamos, a book about the complex relationship between Colombia and Venezuela, a work given depth by the author’s travels to the neighbouring country in 2019 and 2020. Escobar is also a columnist for El Tiempo newspaper. The writer and journalist Margarita Posada is the Creative Director of a narrative advertising firm. Her most recent book is Las muertes chiquitas, a profoundly personal work in which the author tells the story of how, after a trip to Europe, she had to live with the condition that makes everything turn opaque and grey: depression. They will talk to the journalist David Lara.

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Event P18

Rubén Blades in conversation with Mábel Lara

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With a five-decade music career, Rubén Blades (Panama), a living legend of salsa, has released around 30 albums recorded solo or in collaboration with other major figures in Latin American music, such as Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe. He has won many different Latin Grammys in different categories, been awarded the Spanish Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts, and has three honorary doctorates from US universities. As an actor he has participated in over 30 productions. He was the Panamanian Minister of Tourism from 2004 to 2009. Sometimes called the “intellectual of salsa”, he is the author of songs that will always be in fashion, including “Amor y control” and “Decisiones” and will talk about his career with Mábel Lara.

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