Solidarity, Displacement & the University. A Workshop in Two Parts

September 28, 2022

Solidarity, Displacement & the University

October 2022 13-14

Location: Oyoun Kultur NeuDenken,  Lucy-Lameck-Straße 32, 12049 Berlin

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Universities are often thought of as places of learning and places of research, but less often as places of solidarity. We believe that access programmes for displaced learners create spaces of solidarity and community from which to think about opening up the university. 

This two-part workshop explores what solidarity with those who have experienced displacement, including asylum seekers and refugees, might mean for teaching, research and the university generally. It does so from the level of the student, teacher, and institution (as well as the interlinkages between the three). Focusing on solidarity naturally entails thinking beyond the borders of the university, to communities, organisations and grassroots initiatives, and how those, in turn, feed back onto institution, teacher and student experiences.

We ask, in what ways does solidarity flow in and through the classroom? How do teachers understand the intersections of pedagogy and solidarity? What kind of solidarity can we expect universities to offer (especially in hostile contexts)?


During the first part of the workshop held in October, participants will come together to discuss their experiences, research, and ideas. In the final session of the workshop we will collectively decide on what type of intervention we wish to make using the proceedings of the workshop, and which form we would like to work with (e.g. a series of academic papers, a collectively written book, a podcast series, a multi-modal website, a conference, policy papers, etc).

In the time between the first and second parts of the workshop, participants will work on their and others’ work, meeting online if needed. 

In the second part of the workshop we will meet to finalise and collectively produce the intervention.


October 13 / Day 1

Zoom link Day 1
Meeting ID: 952 5790 7472
Passcode: 837310

12 noon Welcome Lunch (Invited Participants) 

13:00 - 13:15 Why are We Here and What are We Doing?

Kerry Bystrom & Prem Kumar Rajaram 

13:15 - 14:45 Displacement, Solidarity, Learning: Student Experiences

Manal Marouf, Ruslana Koziienko, Akileo Mangeni, Kutaiba Al Hussein, Betelehem Hailemichael
facilitator Rohit Sarma  

14:45 - 15:00 Tea Break

15:00 - 16:30 Roundtable on Best Practices in University Admissions and Access

Cati Jerez, Florian Kohstall, Rudi Osman, Roberta Ricucci

moderator Kerry Bystrom

16:30 - 17:00 Tea Break

17:00 - 18:30 Decolonising Teaching
Morgan Mattingly & Fiona Murphy, Asli Telli, Driss El Ghazouani, Júlia Angyalka Füredi

facilitator Adrian-George Matus

19:30 dinner invited participants, location TBC

October 14 / Day 2

Zoom link Day 2
Meeting ID: 967 1967 5062
Passcode: 168119

9:30 arrivals and coffee 

9:45 (sharp) - 10:00 Recap 

Jeff Champlin & Ian M. Cook

10:00 - 11:00 Medium-Term Effects of Studying Within OLIve: Research Report Presentation

Hiba Abou Khashabh & Sohaib Alzoubi

respondent Kutaiba Al Hussein

11 - 11:15 Tea Break

11:15 - 12:30 Roundtable on Solidarity and the University

Ghaithaa al Shaar, Celine Cantat, Marion Detjen, Tamana Safi

moderator Prem Kumar Rajaram

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch (Invited Participants) 

13:30 - 14:30  Creativity, University, Solidarity

Elizabeth Phiona Achola, Akram Alshammaa, Nasrin Amani, Pearlgin Lindiwe Goba, Thabo Makuyana, Zarith Hanipah, Joel Mordi & Fraidoon Poya

facilitator Analucia Da Silva

14:30-14:45 Break

14:45 - 15:45  Two approaches to 'teaching' writing

Erica Masserano & E. Cameron Wilson

facilitator Jeff Champlin

15:45 - 16:00 Break

16:00 - 17:30 Open Discussion Session.  What do we want to create? [closed to the public]
facilitator Ian M. Cook