King Kasaï: meeting with Christophe Boltanski
Tuesday 28 November 2023, 12:15
Meeting with Christophe Boltanski on the occasion of the release of his latest book. Library. Tuesday November 28, 2023 at 12:15 pm. In French only
To mark the release of his latest book, "King Kasaï", published by Stock in the "Ma nuit au musée" collection, Christophe Boltanski talks to Olivier Christin.
King Kasaï is the name of a stuffed elephant that has long been the symbol of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, near Brussels. Christophe Boltanski spends the night in front of the "King of Kasaï" and next to a gloriously debunked Leopold II, in this former showcase of the Belgian colonial project, now renamed the Africa Museum. The story goes beyond Belgian colonization and concerns us all. Following in the footsteps of the hunter who took part in the Museum's vast zoological expedition and shot the elephant in 1956, the author ventures into the heart of the most violent darkness, that of our memory.
Speakers Christophe Boltanski, novelist and journalist; Olivier Christin, professor of modern history at the University of Neuchâtel
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