THE HUMAN LIBRARY BECOMES THE DIWAN

Origins

Dīwān, doesn't that appeal to you?

This is the name we have chosen for a meeting event. For a few hours, the Diwan provides a framework, a place for sharing and listening between speakers and participants.

It is an invitation to sit down and meet people, discover a part of their lives and exchange around their themes. Through the transmission of these oral testimonies, we open our minds to the knowledge of the Other while breaking the stereotypes anchored deep inside each of us.

In the Arab world, the “dīwān” (a word of Persian origin) is a place for listening to music, poetry and literary exchanges. Like campfires, it allowed stories, traditions and cultures to be transmitted orally. In a framework of respect, tolerance, curiosity and conviviality, we offer you this humanistic experience of human discovery.

In Arabic, Persian, Ottoman or Urdu, “Diwan” is also used to refer to a collection of poems. In this Diwan organised by Humanisthme, the poems come to life as you are confronted with life stories, testimonies, followed by a time of exchange where you can ask all your questions.

In Brittany, it is quite different. “Diwan” means a seed, a young shoot, a presentiment of something growing in the rhythm of life. And this is what we want to embody through these exchanges. By passing on the life stories of certain people, we are thus inscribing small individual stories in the history of humanity.

So, are you interested? Take a seat in a comfortable “divan” and let’s meet the Other.

Past editions

Discover the ancestor of the Diwan, the Human Library:

Human Library | 23.03.2021

Human Library | 23.03.2021

Mardi 23 mars 2021, la Human Library a fait son grand retour pour une 3ème…

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Human Library | 10.7.2020

Human Library | 10.7.2020

The Human Library operates like a regular library except that here, the books are human…

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Human Library | 26.10.2019

Human Library | 26.10.2019

La Human Library {Bibliothèque vivante} fonctionne comme une bibliothèque ordinaire sauf qu’ici, les livres sont…

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