KWI- Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen
Donnerstag, 18. Oktober - Freitag, 19. Oktober International Conference: Exile and Academic Freedom Today
Ort: Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI), Gartensaal, Goethestraße 31, 45128 Essen
Veranstalter: Die offene Gesellschaft

Epistemologie der Gruppe

The conference will explore the institutionalization of academic freedom since its establishment as Lehr- und Lernfreiheit at Humboldt University. lt asks how the meaning of exile is changing with respect to academic freedom. With growing numbers of scholars internally displaced or exiled abroad, emphasis will be placed on the common understanding of exile as a form of refuge, as well as on other types of state and social control of dissent and free thought.

With unprecedented numbers of people on the move today-symptomatic of a global crisis produced by armed conflict, economic and social inequality, and environmental degradation - we further inquire into the relationship between exiled scholars and refugees. How is exile to be understood today? How do contemporary and historical experiences of exile compare? What are the intellectual legacies of earlier exile scholars? What institutional support is needed for exiled scholars to continue their research and become integrated into German academic life? What are the potential benefits to the host society? Can we bridge the disciplinary distinctions between exile studies and refugee and forced migration studies -traditionally regarded as separate areas of intellectual inquiry­ to the benefit of Stakeholders inside and outside the academy?

Registration is required to attend the conference. To register, please contact Ayhan Özgül at

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Volkswagen Foundation, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Campus Sapiens Foundation

The Academy in Exile is a joint initiative of the Institute of Turkish Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI).

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