We invite everyone to an open meeting with Felix Kaputu – a writer from Congo, scientist, literary scholar and social activist, who spend last year in Krakow as part of the ICORN Cities of Refuge Network. The meeting will take place tomorrow (February 10th) at 2:00 p.m. at De Revolutionibus Books&Cafe (Bracka 14). The meeting will be hosted by the journalist of the Polish Radio, Dariusz Rosiak.
Born in 1959, Felix Kaputu is an expert in African Studies, art and philosophy. In the course of his scientific career, he also researched gender, mythology and African literature. He carried out scientific research and taught students in the US, Japan and Belgium. In 2003 he received scholarships from the Fulbright Foundation and the University of California. An author of 6 books and almost 60 articles on the difficult situation of women in Africa, as well as the issues of HIV and AIDS.
Felix Kaputu spent the last year in Krakow, and his stay in the city was organised by: the City of Krakow, Krakow Festival Office and Villa Decius Association. During that time he discovered and participated in the literary life in our city, created and gave lectures. The residents also had an opportunity to meet him in person during many organised meetings.
Krakow joined the ICORN Network in 2011 (Year of Czesław Miłosz) as the first member city of the network from Central and Eastern Europe. The ICORN Network, which offers asylum to writers and human rights activists, who cannot create and live in their own countries due to persecution was founded in Norway in 2005. Among its originators was one of the most persecuted writers of the 20th century – Salman Rushdie, whose Satanic Verses sparked violent protests in the Islamic world and caused Ayatollah Khomeini to issue the famous fatwa urging any true Muslim to kill the writer. When Krakow joined ICORN, the organisation pointed out the Polish city as an important and valuable candidate, which will serve as a role model for other cities in this region of Europe. Helge Lunde, ICORN director pointed out that thanks to the cultural traditions, as well as rich artistic and literary life in the city, Krakow will be a perfect place for the persecuted authors to find refuge and inspiration.
He also emphasised the geopolitical position of the city, calling Krakow “the gate to the East”, which is important from the standpoint of helping many persecuted writers in countries east of Poland. Since that year, Krakow hosted five authors: Maria Amelie (a.k.a. Madina Salamowa from Northern Osetia, currently in Norway), Kareem Amer (Egypt, currently in Norway), Mostafa Zamaninija (Iran), Lawon Barczewski (Belarus) and Asli Erdogan (Turkey). ICORN is constantly expanding – currently the network comprises over 50 cities, and its activities are one of the most important voices in the world, calling for the freedom of speech and expression, as well as for international solidarity. Over the course of a decade, ICORN has found temporary refuge for hundreds of writers, scholars, bloggers and human rights activists. The network coordinates the shelter cities programme, as well as collaborates with the governments in the hosting countries and numerous organisations around the world, fighting for freedom of speech and human rights.
Felix Kaputu is a beneficiary of a grant from the City of Krakow as part of the ICORN Cities of Refuge Network. The ICORN programme in Krakow is coordinated by Krakow Festival Office and operated by Villa Decius Association.
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The international collaboration as part of the ICORN Network holds a strategic position in the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature Programme, which encompasses a development strategy comprising 10 main thematic areas, including development of links between literature and human rights. Felix Kaputu is a beneficiary of a grant from the City of Krakow as part of the ICORN Cities of Refuge Network. The ICORN programme in Krakow is coordinated by Krakow Festival Office and operated by Villa Decius Association.
Find out more about ICORN at www.icorn.org