Felwine Sarr

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Felwine Sarr at the Salon du Livre 2011 in Geneva

Felwine Sarr (born 11 September 1972) is a Senegalese scholar[1] and writer born in Sine Saloum, Niodior Arrondissement. He studied Economics[2] and has taught at the Gaston Berger University (Senegal) since 2007.[3]


Born on 11 September 1972, Felwine Sarr conducted his primary and secondary education in Senegal, and then went to France where he obtained an agrégation in Economics. In 2011, he becomes dean of the Economics and Management faculty of the University Gaston Berger of Saint-Louis, and head of the new faculty of Civilizations, Religions, Arts and Communication (CRAC) of the same university, and for which he is in charge of the implementation.[4] His lectures and academics researches[5] focus on economic policies, development, economy, econometrics, epistemology and history of religious ideas.[6]

Literary career[edit]

Sarr is also a writer[7] and has been awarded the Grand Prix of Literary Associations 2016 (Research Category) for his work entitled "Afrotopia".[8] He has published to date DAHIJ (Gallimard, 2009), 105 Rue Carnot (Mémoire d'Encrier, 2011), Médiations Africaines (Mémoire d'Encrier, 20012) and "Afrotopia" (Philippe Rey, 2016),[9] which is an essay wherein he appeals to a conceptual decolonization and a reappropriation of the metaphors of their future by the Africans. As a musician he has published three musical pieces thus far: Civilisation ou Barbarie (2000), Les Mots du Récit (2005), and Bassai (2007). With the writers Boubacar Boris Diop and Nafissatou Dia, he cofounded the publishing house known as Jimsaan. Since 2014, he is vice-president of the boards of directors at OSIWA (open society for West Africa). Felwine Sarr is also editor of the review Journal of African Transformation (CODESRIA-UNECA). In October 2016, he put together with Achille Mbembe the Ateliers de la Pensée (the workshops of the thought) which gathers thirty of Afro-diasporic scholars and artists in Dakar and Saint-Louis in order to think the contemporary world’s transformations.




  • Dahij. Paris: Gallimard. 2009. ISBN 9782070122677. OCLC 470774663.
  • 105 Rue Carnot. Montreal: Mémoire d'Encrier. 2011. ISBN 9782923713571. OCLC 816317015.
  • Médiations Africaines. Montreal: Mémoire d'Encrier. 2012. ISBN 9782923713731. OCLC 833590511.



  • 2000: Civilisation ou barbarie
  • 2005: Les mots du récit
  • 2007: Bassaï


  1. ^ "Publications récentes" (in French). Groupe d'Etude et de Recherche en Sciences Economiques (GERSEG). Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  2. ^ Source: Libération
  3. ^ Source (about teaching in the University of Gaston Berger): RFI
  4. ^ Source: rawmaterial.company.org
  5. ^ "Felwine Sarr's publications". Cairn International. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  6. ^ Ba, Mehdi (8 October 2013). "Felwine Sarr: 'Le poids du religieux dans nos sociétés est un tabou'" (in French). JeuneAfrique.com. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  7. ^ TV5Monde (2016-02-25). "Grand Angle: Le penseur sénégalais qui veut décoloniser les esprits" (in French). YouTube. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  8. ^ a b c Source: Camer.be
  9. ^ Marivat, Gladys (2016-03-29). "L'utopie africaine, selon Felwine Sarr". Le Monde (in French). ISSN 1950-6244. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  10. ^ Source: Le soleil (AllAfrica.com)