‘The dialogue’, motto of the III Albert Camus Mediterranean Meetings that will take place in Sant Lluís (Menorca) this June 19 and 20

MENORCA, June 18 (from the special envoy of EUROPA PRESS, Laura Martínez) –

The French philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist Edgar Morin received this Friday, June 18, the 2020 Albert Camus Mediterranis Award at a gala held at the Teatre Principal in Mahón, in which Morin recognized that this award “is the way” of meet again with the Nobel Prize for Literature.

“I have great respect, great admiration and worship for Camus (…). All this is to tell you the emotion of this award because in some way it is the way I have to reconnect with him, to reestablish that lost contact with Camus” , has assured Morin, that next July he will be 100 years old. The winner happens in this award to the Lebanese artist Mona Hatoum, winner of the first edition.

In his speech, Morin has recognized a “real emotion” for receiving this Award because Albert Camus “I met him, I did not know him and finally I recognized him”. Thus, he recalled that he met him during the German occupation, when he had already published ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’.

“I had seen his plays, therefore he was someone who was already appreciated as a writer and knew that he was in a resistance network, the Combat network, and I was in another, and therefore I had great esteem for him. And after liberation from Paris, we met several times, always in a very cordial way, since she was a bright and very open person, “he said.

“However, it happened that at that time I was a communist and therefore was influenced by that phrase of Hegel that said ‘that great souls and great hearts were nothing more than the tumult of …’. In short, I thought that You had to be pragmatic, that the end justified the means, etc., and therefore, when Camus took that position, so noble and so beautiful, I did not understand it at the time. I needed a few years, a few years, 3 or 4 years, to understand Camus’s just depth, although today I would also say that ‘great souls and great hearts’ are the most important thing, they are the best in the world, “he recalled.

“Therefore, there has been this first point and I think that Camus has been of inflexible morality. He has been an example (…) I have great respect, great admiration and worship for Camus,” he added, to insist that it has been “an example and a model of thought, but also of writing”.

Edgar Morin was a member of the French Resistance, director of research at the Center Nacionale de la Recherche Scientifique and has been recognized with more than thirty honoris causa. The ceremony also recognized the Algerian photographer Abdo Shanan, Incipiens Prize in support of journalistic reflection projects, which recognizes his work ‘A Little Louder’, in which he recounts the reality of the revolts in the Mediterranean centered on Algeria.

The event was led by the Minorcan actress Laura Pons and had the participation of the journalist Rosa María Calaf and the musical performance of the Israeli singer Noa, along with her inseparable Gil Dor. It has also served to inaugurate the 2021 edition of the Trobades Mediterrànies Albert Camus that will take place in Sant Lluís (Menorca) on June 19 and 20.

The III edition of the Trobades will be attended by more than 20 speakers from different disciplines, from different parts of the Mediterranean and among which there will be writers, visual artists, musicians, dancers, thinkers and experts.

As indicated by the organization, this year’s edition expands its content and participating artistic disciplines, with contributions to the Mediterranean dialogue from speakers from different areas of the region such as Morocco, Algeria, Israel, Palestine, France or Spain.

The central theme of the debates will be ‘The Dialogue’ and will feature the participation of writers and thinkers such as Hourya Benthouami (Morocco), Najat El Hachmi (Spain-Morocco), Josep María Esquirol (Spain), Nathalie Handal (France-USA- Palestine), Nuccio Ordine (Italy), Carme Riera (Spain) and Camille de Toledo (France).

The poster is completed with artists such as Germanine Acogny (Senegal-France), Alejandro Castellote (Spain), Jon Cazenave (Spain), Aïda Colmenero (Spain), Luis González Palma (Guatemala), Amie Mbye (Norway / Gambia), Noa ( Israel) and María Pagès (Spain), as well as scientists such as Alicia Sintes, an expert in gravitational waves; journalists such as Mustapha Benfodil (Algeria), Sophie Dufau (France) or the Spanish Rosa Maria Calaf; or experts such as Anne Prouteau, current president of the Society for Camussian Studies.

The Trobades and their regular debates will take place in the emblematic Polivalent Albert Camus hall in Sant Lluís, starting at 10:00 am. On Saturday, June 19, the public and guests are also scheduled to travel to the island of Lazareto to enjoy in this place the choreographic performance ‘El Quitador de Fears’, specially adapted for the Trobades. The performance will be in charge of Amie Mbye, dancer and teacher specialized in Afro-modern and urban dances, under the direction of Aïda Colmenero Dïaz, choreographer, dancer and creator, among others, of the project Ella poema.

“The pandemic has left us even more orphans of certainties, while it has made us more aware of the fragility that surrounds us. This sum, without a doubt, has accelerated our desire to understand”, affirm the organizers of the Trobades & Premis Mediterranis Albert Camus.

For this reason, they are “convinced that the legacy of Albert Camus can help us in this search for answers about some of the questions that haunt us, that is why we set a single mission: to be, from Menorca, facilitators, light that is projected in the storm, meeting point of critical voices from the two shores of the Mediterranean “.


In the first edition, which took place in 2017, the chosen motto was the return to the island, the return to the origins since Albert Camus thus returned to the island of his grandmother, Menorca, an island that he did not know. In its second edition, the Trobades of 2019 revolved around the sign of Prometheus to embark on the paths of rebellion according to Camus, one of his key concepts, the one that occupies a central place in the triptych that he intended to write and that included ‘ The myth of Sisyphus’ (absurd), ‘The myth of Prometheus’ (rebellion) and’ The myth of Nemesis’.

“In a year of resilience such as this one for any project that seeks to restore community ties in times of pandemic, we want to engage our audience and our guests in the reflection around the following idea of ​​Camus: ‘There is no life without dialogue ‘”, they underline from the organization. This phrase is part of the lecture entitled ‘The witness of freedom’, delivered by Albert Camus in the Pleyel room in Paris, on December 13, 1948.

This edition of the Trobades & Premis Mediterranis Albert Camus will therefore try to open the dialogue and maintain a continuity with the previous editions, with the same debate format, in a crossroads of guests from multiple horizons.

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