ECOTEMPORÂNEOS: Mamadou Ba
Literature in green spaces
Guest: Mamadou Ba (activist, translator, SOS Racism leader)
Chosen book: “Erosão” by Gisela Casimiro, editora Urutau
Moderation: Claudia Galhós
Green space: Jardim do Museu de Lisboa (Campo Grande, Lisbon)
> Session with a Portuguese Sign Language interpreter
Live Streaming (online) / 3:30pm
Streaming Facebook EGEAC + Cultura na Rua + BoCA
Streaming Youtube Cultura na Rua + BoCA
Ecotemporaries is a reading community in green spaces in the city of Lisbon. Proposing connections between literature and green spaces, in each session a guest chooses a book whose theme or imagery he associates with that place.
In 2021, we continue this project that invites the occupation and discovery of the city’s green spaces, promoting their enjoyment, through the creation of an inclusive and accessible reading community.
This time, the session will be broadcast live, on the stage of the Jardim do Palácio Pimenta (Lisbon Museum) and, as usual, there will be interpretation in Portuguese Sign Language, making reading and dialogue about books and literature accessible.
Mamadou Ba has a degree in “Portuguese Language and Culture” from the University Cheikh Anta Diop, in Dakar (1997) and holds a Certificate in ‘Translation’ from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon (1998). Portuguese citizen born in Senegal, he has lived in Portugal for over 24 years, dedicating himself since then to anti-racist activism. Founding member of several organizations that defend the human rights of migrants and racialized persons at national and European level. He served on scientific boards of several academic research projects as a consultant. He participates as a teacher in many summer schools of the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, related to the theme of (anti) racism. He was a member of the Permanent Council of the National Commission for Equality and Against Racial Discrimination (2015-2019), the Working Group for the 2021 Census and also a member of the Permanent Forum of the International Decade for People of African Descent. He has been a member of the SOS Racismo Movement since 1999. In 2020, he joined the Jury of the International Competition at the Indie Lisbon Festival. He is currently a member of the National Working Group for the Prevention and Fight against Racial Discrimination and the Steering Committee of the Equinox Initiative for Racial Justice. He is co-author of several public documents on racism and human rights and author of several articles in newspapers, magazines and books as well as speaker at several conferences on topics related to immigration, ethnic diversity and anti-racism. He is one of the prominent voices of the anti-racist movement in Portugal and has denounced the proliferation of hate speech on social networks, in the public and political space. As part of a special Support program for research projects on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on crimes of incitement to hate and violence and hate speech, as a member of the project team “Dynamics of hate speech and xenophobia in times of pandemic “, Mamadou Ba will be responsible for articulating with policy makers and actors in the case studies.