Towards A Transversal Pedagogy
The Silent University is an solidarity based knowledge exchange platform by displaced people and forced migrants. It is led by a group of lecturers, consultants and research fellows. It is an education platform outside of the restrictions of migration laws, language limitations and the other bureaucratic obstacles. Since 2012 the Silent University has involved those that 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. Working together, the participants have developed lectures, discussions, events, resource archives and publications. The Silent University started initially in London in 2012 in collaboration with Delfina Foundation and Tate and later hosted by The Showroom. In 2013 the Silent University established in the Sweden in collaboration with Tensta Konsthall and ABF Stockholm. In 2014 Silent University is also established in Hamburg, Germany initiated by Stadtkuratorin Hamburg in partnership with W3: Werkstatt fur internationale Kultur ind Politik. Silent University Ruhr initiated by Impulse Theater Festival in coproduction with Ringlokschuppen Ruhr and Urbane Kunste Ruhr opens it doors in Mulheim from June 2015 on. Silent University is also established in Amman, Jordan initiated by Spring Sessions from May 2015 on and in Athens since December 2015. And new branch is opening in Copenhagen, June, 2019.
The Silent University aims to address and reactivate the knowledge of the participants and make the exchange process mutually beneficial by inventing alternative currencies, in place of money or free voluntary service. The Silent University’s aim is to challenge the idea of silence as a passive state, and explore its powerful potential through performance, writing, and group reflection. These explorations attempt to make apparent the systemic failure and the loss of skills and knowledge experienced through the silencing process of people seeking asylum.
The foundation of The Silent University is initiated by Ahmet Ogut
The Silent University Identity Design