This semester Sciences Po welcomes its first visiting fellow for literature, celebrated writer, Kamel Daoud, current holder of the Mediterranean Prize (FR). Daoud, who is a renowned writer in the francophone world, will deliver creative writing classes throughout this semester. Linked with the Writing and Rhetoric Centre, this groundbreaking initiative for a French university aims to reinforce students’ creative expression and to stimulate their curiosity.
Having such a literary tour de force on campus is a huge privilege and we hope that Daoud’s expertise will help students to develop critical thinking skills and push them to come up with their own original ideas. During his stay at Sciences Po, Daoud will offer writing classes on Writing backwards and Writing, reading and constructing meaning. He will also conduct master classes at the heart of the regional campuses and take part in various events linked to literary creation. From now onwards, Sciences Po will welcome a new writer who will assume this position as visiting literary fellow each semester.
For the official launch of the writing fellowship on Wednesday 30th January, Kamel Daoud spoke about the story of Jonah which questions the meaning of literature and authorial skill. Joining him for a discussion on the virtues of reading and writing were several prominent literary figures: Leïla Slimani, writer, Pierre Assouline, journalist-columnist-novelist and biographer, and Aurélie Filippetti, novelist and politician.