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For Academic Freedom – Lecture Series with Refugee Scholars

A film still from „Science in Exile“ by Nicole Leghissa.

A film still from „Science in Exile“ by Nicole Leghissa.

A multidisciplinary lecture series at the University of Potsdam is offering a forum for scholars who have been forced to flee their homelands and are now conducting research in Germany. They will present their work to a broader audience under the rubric, “Science at Risk – Scholars at Work,” and they will speak about the current connections between scholarship, academic freedom, conflicts and democracy. The series will begin on April 19 with remarks from Professor of Sociology Dr. Jürgen Mackert, Vice President for International Affairs Prof. Dr. Florian J. Schweigert, and Claudia Rößling from the Welcome Center at the University of Potsdam. Their remarks will be followed by a screening of the documentary film “Science in Exile” by Nicole Leghissa.

Tuba İnal-Çekiç will speak on June 14 about municipal struggles in Istanbul against the hegemony of the Turkish government. İnal-Çekiç is Professor for Municipal and Regional Planning and taught at the Technical University of Yıldız prior to her dismissal in February 2017 in the course of an emergency decree issued by the Turkish government. She is currently working at the HafenCity University in Hamburg. Dr. Youssef Kanjou is another series speaker. He will speak about Syrian cultural heritage in the context of the current war in Syria. Kanjou was Director of the National Museum of Aleppo and is a member of the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) in Syria. He has been performing research since 2016 at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, with support from the Gerda Henkel Foundation. Additional speakers are sociologist Özge Yaka, legal scholar Zeynep Kıvılcım, biologist Ghanya Al-Naqeb and sociologist Zafer Yılmaz, who has worked since 2017 at the University of Potsdam as a fellow of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. 

The series is being organized by the Centre for Citizenship, Social Pluralism and Religious Diversity, with support from Scholars at Risk (SAR) and the Welcome Center at the University of Potsdam. The Centre for Citizenship was founded in 2016 within the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, and its work focuses on current questions related to citizenship. The University of Potsdam joined the international Scholars at Risk network in March 2017. More than 400 academic institutions from 39 countries have joined together to defend academic freedom. The Welcome Center of the University of Potsdam, in the context of the SAR network, supports scholars from abroad who require protection. 


Time: April 19 – July 12, 2018, 16:00 to 18:00 (every second Thursday)
Location: University of Potsdam, Neues Palais Campus, Building 12, Room 0.39  
Contact: Hannah Wolf, Centre for Citizenship, Social Pluralism and Religious Diversity
Tel.: +49 331 977-339010
Email: hannah.wolf.iiuni-potsdamde
Internet: www.uni-potsdam.de/de/centre-citizenship.html
Press Release 16-04-2018 / No. 055


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Text: Jana Scholz
Translation: Dr. Lee Holt
Published online by: Alina Grünky
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