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    Short History of the Silent University

    The foundation of The Silent University is initiated by artist Ahmet Ögüt in collaboration with Tate and Delfina Foundation working with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who, although from a professional background, cannot gainfully practice their profession due to the limitations of the asylum process.         February 2012 The foundation of The Register to read more »

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    A quiet university – for refugees with no voice

    OneWorld By Daniel Nelson Welcome to the Silent University. The first non-speaker, Geraldine Takundwa, a human rights activist from Zimbabwe, sits on a bare stage, slowly unfurling an endless scroll of blank paper. Occasionally, briefly, she glances up, before continuing to non-read. The only sound is rustling paper and the occasional audience cough. At the Register to read more »

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    Silent University’s courses started last monday

    Silent University’s courses started last monday. Our second event happened yesterday. Next monday will be the last day of the silent courses.     Mulugeta Fikadu presenting his course  ”Sexually transmitted diseases & the history of HIV” Geraldine Takundwa presenting her course “Outside of asylum” Behnam Al-Agzeer presenting his course “Ten types of Arabic calligraphy” Dr. Nazar Pola Register to read more »

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    The Empowering Potential of Complementary Currencies…

    The Empowering Potential of Complementary Currencies and Alternative Payment Systems by Marco Sachy Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation… If the banks create ample … money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. When one gets complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless position is… incredible… It Register to read more »

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    Basic rights on our doorstep

    BASIC RIGHTS ON OUR DOORSTEP: THE EXPERIENCE OF REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS IN THE UK by Shami Chakrabarti The Refugee Convention, like our bedrock international protections for fundamental rights and freedoms, was born in the aftermath of the Second World War. The horrors of persecution, torture and genocide were fresh in the minds of the Register to read more »

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    Frieze: Issues 149: New Schools: The Silent University

    ‘It is not the case that a man who is silent says nothing.’ Anonymous, quoted in Keith H. Basso, To Give Up on Words: Silence in Western Apache Culture (1970) In 1873, the writer and educator Anna Eliot Ticknor founded the Society to Encourage Studies at Home. This was a Boston-based network of women teaching women Register to read more »

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    The Silent University, The Independent, Blogs

    The idea of The Silent University started at the beginning of 2012. It was inspired by the urgent need for a common voice for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, who although from a professional background, could not practice their profession due to the limitations of residency permits, language barriers and other bureaucratic restrictions. The Silent Register to read more »

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    Silent University Screening Program

    Silent University Screening Program McAulay Screening Room, Tate Modern 7 November – 30 November 2012 Open during Gallery opening hours The screening room features artists’ film and audio works that engage with the key themes of the project. Including: Katarina Zdjelar, Shoum (2009) Antonio Vega Macotela, A Platoon (2011) Nicoline van Harskamp, The New Latin (2010) Berat Işık, Where Register to read more »

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    Events Programme 2012

    The Silent University will be inaugurated at Tate Modern with a series of events in November and December 2012. 26 November / 28 November / 3 December 2012 Silent Courses and Discussion 18:30 – 20:00 at Tate Modern BOOK TICKETS (FREE) Join Silent University lecturers for a series of courses ‘in silence’ based on expertise and Register to read more »

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    When Adhocracy Meets Education

    Where should we begin when we talk about alternative education? Historically speaking, we can follow several routes for example focusing on artist led initiatives.  One could start in the 1930s withBlack Mountain College, founded in North Carolina that lasted for 24 years. Then connect it to the 1970s The Free International University (FIU), founded in Düsseldorf by Joseph Beuys together with Register to read more »