14-17 May 2013

Writing Freedom

Program

May 14, 2013

2:00 – 5:30 PM
Plenary session: Protection of artists in the era of global threats

Venue: Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology
Host: Helge Lunde (ICORN)
Meeting held in English. Number of places limited. Participation upon previous registration.

6:30 – 7:30 PM
Opening lecture „Free speech in a crowded world”

Prof. Timothy Garton Ash (Oxford)
Venue: Main Hall of the Jagiellonian University
Participation upon entrance tickets (available free at the Tourist Service Center (ul. Powiśle 11). The lecture will be interpreted to Polish simultaneously.

May 15, 2013

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Plenary session: Asylum for writers as a political problem

Venue: Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology
Host: Marian Batsford Fraser (PEN International WiPC)
Meeting held in English. Number of places limited. Participation upon previous registration.

2:00 – 3:30 PM
Workshop: Publishers and translators in globalized world. Challenges and risks

Venue: Villa Decius
Host: Peter Ripken (ICORN)
Participants: Anders Heger (Norway), Amanda Hopkinson (United Kingdom) Eva Karadi (Hungary) czy Philippe Olle-Laprune (Mexico)
Meeting held in English. Number of places limited. Participation upon previous registration.

4:00 – 5:30 PM
Workshop: Digital media in the proces of democratization

Venue: Villa Decius
Host: Emin Milli (PEN International WiPC, Azerbaijan)
Participants: Mansur Rajih (Jemen), Fareed Ramadan (Bajhran) i Kareem Amer (Egypt)
Meeting held in English. Number of places limited. Participation upon previous registration.

5:30 PM
Opening of the Elżbieta Lempp’s photographs exhibition „Literary portraits”

Host: Danuta Glondys
Venue: Villa Decius

9:00 - 9:30 PM
The opening of kinetic typography exhibition: Metaphysics by Wisława Szymborska

Location: ul. Miodowa
Exhibition organised by the New Art Foundation ZNACZY SIĘ in cooperation with the Krakow Festival Office

9:30 PM
Xpress Freedom

Poetic slam with: Chenjerai Hove (Zimbabwe), Basem al-Nabriss (Palestine), Easterine Kire (Nagaland), Sjón (Iceland), Manal al-Sheikh (Iraq), Noufel Bouzeboudja (Algeria), Naimeh Sanaye (Iran), Mazen Maarouf (Palestine), Mansur Rajih (Jemen) accompanied by High Definition
Venue: Alchemia Club
Free entrance.

May 16, 2013

9:00 – 11:00 AM
Plenary session: Protection of free speech as a global responsibility

Venue: Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology
Host: Ma Thida (PEN International WiPC, Burma)
Meeting held in English. Number of places limited. Participation upon previous registration.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Workshop: Writers’ expieriences and global systems of freedom of speech protection

Venue: Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology
Host: Philippe Ollé-Laprune (ICORN, Mexico City)
Meeting held in English. Number of places limited. Participation upon previous registration.

1:30 – 3:00 PM
Plenary session: Asylums 2020 – perspectives for development of institutions promoting and protecting freedom of speech

Venue: Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology
Host: Helge Lunde (ICORN)
Meeting held in English. Number of places limited. Participation upon previous registration.

2:00 – 4:00 PM
Movie screening: View of Krakow with Adam Zagajewski, directed by Magda Piekorz

After the screening discussion with the artists
Host: Łukasz Maciejewski
Special guest: Cezary Kruk
Venue: Małopolska Garden of Art
Free entrance. Movie with English subtitles. The discussion will be held in Polish.

3:30 – 5:00 PM
Discussion panel: Dynamic balanace. Peace in Central and Eastern Europe

Participants: Leonidas Donskis (Lithuania), Mykola Riabchuka (Ukraine), Lev Rubinstein (Russia), Basil Kerski (Germany, Poland)
Venue: Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology
Hosts: Anna Nasiłowska i Adam Pomorski (Polish PEN Club)
Free entrance. The discussion will be interpreted to Polish simultaneously.

5:15 – 6:15 PM
Lecture: Żegota – model for struggle for human rights

Władysław Bartoszewski
Venue: Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology
Participation upon entrance tickets (available free at the Tourist Service Center (ul. Powiśle 11)

May 17, 2013

9:00 AM – 13:00 PM
Plenary session: Literature as a medium of freedom. Summary of the conference

Venue: Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology
Host: Marian Bratsford Fraser (PEN International WiPC)
Meeting held in English. Number of places limited. Participation upon previous registration.

 

Writing Freedom

Guests
  • Chenjerai Hove Chenjerai Hove

    Chenjerai Hove Chenjerai Hove

    Born 1956 in Zimbabwe, poet, novelist, playwright and essayist; winner of the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa for his novel Bones. Founder of Writers‘ Union in Zimbabwe, and member of Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation ZimRights. Forced to flee his home country in 2001, he had been residing in Paris and Miami. Currently lives and writes in Stavanger, Norway.

  • Timothy Garton Ash Timothy Garton Ash

    Timothy Garton Ash Timothy Garton Ash

    British historian, professor at Oxford University, specializing in the history of Europe since 1945 and issues of democratic change in Central and Eastern Europe. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic. In 2005, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

  • Peter Repkin Peter Repkin

    Peter Repkin Peter Repkin

    Chairman of the ICORN board, one of the founders, alongside Salman Rushdie and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, of the International Cities of Refuge Network; he had worked for human rights organizations in South Africa, was also associated with the International Book Fair in Frankfurt.

  • Marian Botsford Fraser Marian Botsford Fraser

    Marian Botsford Fraser Marian Botsford Fraser

    Chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International. She is a Canadian writer and broadcaster, the author of three acclaimed nonfiction books: Walking the Line: Travels Along the Canadian/American Border; Solitaire: The Intimate Lives of Single Women, and Requiem for My Brother.

  • Sonali Samarasinghe Sonali Samarasinghe

    Sonali Samarasinghe Sonali Samarasinghe

    Writer, journalist and lawyer from Sri-Lanka. For many years involved in human rights movement in her country, the first woman in Sri Lanka who has created and edited a journal of national scope. She was forced to leave the country after her husband was the victim of murder in 2009. For her work in journalism, she received the IVOH Award (Images and Voices of Hope) in 2011.

  • Mansur Rajih Mansur Rajih

    Mansur Rajih Mansur Rajih

    Poet and political activist from Yemen. In 1983 he was sentenced to death for murder, which he was never proven. After fifteen years of waiting on death row he was released from prison. His poems, smuggled out of the prison walls, gained wide coverage in the Arab press.

  • Emin Milli Emin Milli

    Emin Milli Emin Milli

    Writer from Azerbaijan; uses digital media in his work. For publishing on YouTube a satirical interview, given by a donkey, on situation in the country, he was sentenced to prison in 2009.

  • Ma Thida Ma Thida

    Ma Thida Ma Thida

    Writer and surgeon from Burma. Committed to promoting democracy in her country, in 1993 she was sentenced to twenty years in prison. After release in 1999, she left the country. Her novel The Roadmap (2011), describing two decades of the democratic movement in Burma, received a Freedom of Speech Award.

  • Maria Carmen A. Sarmiento Maria Carmen A. Sarmiento

    Maria Carmen A. Sarmiento Maria Carmen A. Sarmiento

    An award-winning writer and member of the Philippine PEN centre. She works with the Philippine Literary Arts Executive Council, and her fiction and essays have won local awards. She is also a social development advocate for children's welfare and Filipino migrant rights, particularly regarding access to health care.

  • Olúwáfirópo Ewénlá Olúwáfirópo Ewénlá

    Olúwáfirópo Ewénlá Olúwáfirópo Ewénlá

    Secretary General of Nigerian PEN, works for the University of Ibadan as Assistant Director of the University Media Centre, where he oversees the activities of a community radio station and an educational television station. His career foundation is in human rights and cultural advocacy with the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) and the Committee for Relevant Arts (CORA) respectively.

  • Andrei Khadanovic Andrei Khadanovic

    Andrei Khadanovic Andrei Khadanovic

    A poet and translator from Belarus. He is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Letters from under the Blanket (2004) and Nonsymmetrical Dreams (2010). A translator of English, French, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian poetry, he has had his work translated into 14 languages. He is the president of PEN Belarus. He teaches literature at Belarusian State University and Belarusian National Jakub Kolas Lyceum of Liberal Arts, and translation at the Belarusian Collegium.

  • Leonidas Donskis Leonidas Donskis

    Leonidas Donskis Leonidas Donskis

    Elected to the European Parliament in 2009, has a background as an academic. Donskis has written and edited over thirty books, half of them in English, combining political theory, history of ideas, philosophy of culture, and philosophy of literature. Most recently, he has co-authored a book with the eminent sociologist Zygmunt Bauman Moral Blindness: The Loss of Sensitivity in Liquid Modernity (2013).

  • Pernilla Bergquist Pernilla Bergquist

    Pernilla Bergquist Pernilla Bergquist

    Politician and ICORN coordinator in the city of refuge Sigtuna. She is vice-chairman of the liberal party in the municipality of Sigtuna, Sweden and political adviser for the liberals in the county council of Uppsala. Pernilla is also appointed EU-ambassador for the liberals in the region of Uppsala. She studied political science at Stockholm University.

  • Noufel Bouzeboudja Noufel Bouzeboudja

    Noufel Bouzeboudja Noufel Bouzeboudja

    Amazigh (Berber) writer, performer, and journalist from Algeria. Insubordinate to the military service and threatened by Islamists at public readings, Noufel fled to Spain and later became an ICORN guest writer at Fanoe in Denmark. Polyglot, Noufel has published novels, poetry and short stories in France, Algeria and Denmark. He is the editorialist at kabyle.com and collaborates closely with PEN Dansk.

  • Philippe Ollé-Laprune Philippe Ollé-Laprune

    Philippe Ollé-Laprune Philippe Ollé-Laprune

    Founder and director of Casa Refugio, ICORN City of Refuge coordinator at Mexico City. Aside from promoting literature, Casa Refugio Citlaltépetl provides a safe haven for writers persecuted in their homelands. A writer and essayist in his native Paris, Ollé-Laprune started out as a cultural attaché in Mexico in 1994, as the director of the French embassy’s Book Office. Author and founder of literary magazines, organizer of festivals and member of editorial committees and a previous Member of the ICORN Board.

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The day before the beginning of the 3rd edition of the Milosz Festival, a special international conference of ICORN and PEN International WiPC – the most important international institutions embracing writers from all over the world and promoting human rights – was held. The Writing Freedom conference was attended by almost 200 guests from 50 countries, including the United States, Canada, Syria, Philippines, India, Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Bahrain, China, and Sri Lanka.