About the talk

Senegalese philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne talks about how writing an autobiography changes one’s perception of memory. He shares his understanding of Henri Bergson’s theories and what he learned from Muslim philosopher Muhammad Iqbal. Diagne and Hans Ulrich Obrist further elaborate on the banalization of the philosophical canon that took place in the Western world in the 19th century.

“Memory is something that you are always writing in the present. It is not something past that you go back to revisit. It is something that you are activating while you are in the present.”

— Souleymane Bachir Diagne