Felwine Sarr is a scholar, writer and musician whose research focuses on epistemology, economic policies and the history of religious ideas. He is the former dean of Economics and Management, and he created and headed the Faculty of Civilisations, Religions, Arts and Communication, at the Université Gaston Berger in Saint-Louis, Senegal.
Among his published works are Restituer le Patrimoine Africain, with Benedicte Savoy (2018); Ishindenshin (2017); Habiter le Monde (2017); Afrotopia, with Philippe Rey (2016); Médiations Africaines (2012); 105 Rue Carnot (2011) and DAHIJ (2009). As a musician he has published three musical compositions: Bassai (2007), Les Mots du Récit (2005) and Civilisation ou Barbarie (2000).
He received the Nicolás Guillen Philosophical Literature Prize from the Caribbean Philosophical Association (2017); the Grand Prize of Literary Associations in Research for his work Afrotopia (2016) and the Abdoulaye Fadiga Award for the Promotion of Economic Research (2010).
In October 2016, Sarr co-directed the Ateliers de la Pensée [Workshops of Thought] with Achille Mbembe, which gathered 30 Afro-diasporic scholars and artists in Dakar and Saint-Louis to delve into the contemporary world's transformations. He is the co-founder (with writers Boubacar Boris Diop and Nafissatou Dia) of the publishing house Jimsaan, editor of the Journal of African Transformation (CODESRIA-UNECA) and president of the board of directors at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.
Sarr received his PhD in Economics from the Université d’Orléans, France. Born in 1972 in Niodior, Salmoun Islands, Senegal, he currently lives and works in Saint-Louis, Senegal.
March Meeting 2019