The Silent University Visible Award 2013 Ceremony
Special seminars and lectures
Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 3pm to 7.30pm
Seminar Room 3, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB
Hosted by The Silent University in collaboration with the Oxford Migration Studies Society and the RSCSign up now
- The Silent University Visible Award 2013 Ceremony | Various speakers
- Arabic calligraphy; HIV; Migrant communities and networks | Various speakers
- The role of artists and institutions in challenging popular narratives about migrants | Various speakers
On 14 December 2013, the second edition of the Visible Award was awarded to The Silent University, a knowledge exchange platform initiated by the artist Ahmet Öğüt and led by a group of asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants. In recognition of the award, the London branch of The Silent University will produce a two-day event, with the first day organised in collaboration with the Oxford Migration Studies Society and the Refugee Studies Centre.
The event will focus on drawing together members of The Silent University in dialogue with artists, curators, and theoreticians who are working on projects that deal with migration issues in the legal framework of Western democracies. The Visible Award, which in its mission is looking for art that 'leaves its own field and becomes visible as part of something else,' is proud to accompany The Silent University in its encounter with the academic realm outside of the space of art.
|3 – 4pm||Visible Award Ceremony|
Professor Dawn Chatty (Director, Refugee Studies Centre)
Matteo Luchetti and Judith Wielander (Visible)
Paolo Naldini (Pistoletto Foundation)
Andrea Zegna (Fondazione Zegna)
|4 – 4.15pm||Ten types of Arabic calligraphy|
|Behnam al-Agzeer, Lecturer, The Silent University (in Arabic)|
|4.15 – 4.30pm||Sexually transmitted diseases and the history of HIV|
|Mulugeta Fikadu, Lecturer, The Silent University|
|4.30 – 5.15pm||Panel I: Migrant communities and networks, and social exclusion in the UK and Europe|
Moderated by Professor Bridget Anderson (Deputy Director, COMPAS
Carlos Cruz (Consultant, The Silent University)
Uvindu Kurukulasuriya (Consultant, The Silent University)
Geraldine Takundwa (Lecturer, The Silent University)
Miriam Binsztok (Contributor, The Silent University)
Karin Waringo (Consultant, The Silent University Paris)
|5.15 – 5.30pm||Coffee break|
|QEH Main Hall|
|5.30 – 6.30pm||Panel II (Open Discussion): The role of artists and institutions in challenging popular narratives about migrants|
Moderated by Ahmet Öğüt
Aaron Cezar (Director, Delfina Foundation)
Emily Fahlen (Coordinator, The Silent University Stockholm)
Jonas Staal (New World Academy)
|6.30 – 7.30pm||Visible Award Ceremony Reception|
|QEH Main Hall|
Both days of the event are open to the public but seating is limited, so please RSVP here: http://goo.gl/j5g5d9
For general enquiries, please write to:
Catherine L Crooke: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Silent University is an autonomous knowledge exchange platform led by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Silent University members have had a professional life and academic training in their home countries, but are unable to use their skills or professional training due to a variety of reasons related to their status.
Acting as a group of lecturers, consultants and research fellows, each group is contributing to the programme in different ways, which include developing courses connected to their qualifications, specific research on key themes as well as personal reflections on what it means to be a refugee and asylum seeker. The Silent University wants to address and reactivate the knowledge of the participants and make the exchange process mutually beneficial.
The Silent University’s aim is to challenge the idea of silence as a passive state, and explore its powerful potential through group reflection to make apparent the systematic failure and the loss of skills and knowledge experienced through the silencing process of people seeking asylum.The Silent University started in London in 2012 in collaboration with Delfina Foundation and Tate and was later hosted by The Showroom. It is currently being established in Sweden in collaboration with Tensta Konsthall and ABF Stockholm, and in France, at Le 116 in Montreuil, Greater Paris region.