Title: [19 Décade de Provence à Roquefort les Pins 1967, I : La civilisation des Loisirs]
Duration: 16 min., 16 s.
Sound collection: Radio Paris. André Camp
Summaries: 19 edición de las Décadas Literarias de la Provenza organizadas por Jean Camp en la localidad de Roquefort les Pins con el tema central de "la sociedad del ocio". La grabación recoge fragmentos de diferentes intervenciones durante el banquete de clausura de las jornadas
Literary Decades of Provence was the name given to an academic conference, organized annually by the hispanist Jean Camp since 1959, which were held in a picturesque town in the interior of Provence, between Nice and Cannes, called Roquefort-les-Pins. It was essentially a cultural event, with plenty of political nuances, what facilitated the meeting between important figures of the Spanish Republican Exile, the incipient internal dissidents of the Franco regime and many of the anti-dictatorship Franco-Spanish. Not to mention the participation of Portuguese and Latin American intellectuals. But the real impact of this conference consisted in the potential of its great diffusion, provided by the close collaboration of Radio Paris. Jean Camp, member and contributor to the radio station from its early days, was indeed André Camp's father, who was the editor of the Spanish broadcasts at the Office de Radiodiffusion-Télevision Française (ORTF). Julian Antonio Ramírez was, as usual, the person in charge of the broadcasting. The formal structure of the conference was the common one in this type of event. Each year it was covered a different theme. The participants gave a lecture from their respective fields or perspectives, and then there were different discussions and round tables. Julián Antonio Ramírez referred several times to the Decades of Provence in his memoirs, especially regarding the positive impact that that caused:
"(...) that cultural event, organized by the hispanist Jean Camp, was held annually. So I was able to attend several of its reunions and I met different important firures involved on them. I recall having been the critic of Barcelona J.M. Castellet who, on that occassion, was rather laconic. Nor can I forget the name of another guest, the Trotskyist Julian Gorkin, writer and journalist living in Paris, with whom I did not get change anything interesting (...). Who left a lasting impression on me was Manuel Jiménez de Parga, nowadays presiding judge of the Constitutional Court of Barcelona. Back then he was, I think, a professor at the University of Barcelona. Most of the participants from Spain in the Decades were from Catalonia. I won't forget the joy with which Don Manuel greeted me when being introduced. He knew me from the radio. He was a very regular listener of our broadcastings. " (Ici Paris, 429-430).
A total of 28 recordings collected partially issued a total of 6 days are preserved in the catalogue of "Radio París". These recordings belong to two donations. In the Ramirez / del Campo, those relating to the third and fourth edition of them, held in 1961 and 1962, respectively. In 1961 focused on the topic myths and fanaticism, and therein several Spaniards, such as J.M. Castellet (writer, poet, literary critic and editor of dissent), Manuel Jiménez de Parga (both already cited) and Carlos Bru (notary and lawyer of pro-European vocation, today President of the European movement in Spain) participated. In terms of the 1962 Edition, the central theme was the reasons for living, and featured the participation of historian Ignacio Olagüe, said journalist Julián Gorkin, the humanist, Salvador de Madariaga (famous Republican exile and historian, former collaborator of Radio Paris and the BBC), and Dionisio Ridruejo (old intellectual Falangist which became reference of dissent to the Franco regime):
Emissions in Spanish: http://web.ua.es/devuelveme-voz/buscador.php?titulo=decadas%20provenza
On the other hand, from the collection of André Camp (courtesy of the BEDIC) are more numerous, concerning the years 1965-1968, whose central themes were the following. In 1965, Jeunesse et culture (youth and culture); in 1966, La création artistique et l'art de vivre (artistic creation and the art of living); in 1968 La civilisation des Loisirs (the civilization of the pleasures) and in 1968, Les lettres Français d'aujourd ' hui (French letters of yesterday and today). All this, in sum, is an invaluable testimony.
Emissions in French: http://web.ua.es/devuelveme-voz/buscador.php?titulo=decade%20provence
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