The Silent University
Initiator: Ahmet Öğüt
Program coordinator: Yelta Köm
Consultant: Pelin Tan
The Silent University Orientation Program is organized in collaboration with Kunstverein in Hamburg and the 17th Istanbul Biennial, with additional support by SAHA
The Silent University is an international education platform initiated by Ahmet Öğüt. Founded in 2012, it currently has active branches in Sweden and Germany. Previously it was active in Amman, Athens, London, Hamburg and Copenhagen. Currently a new branch is being formed in Turkey. Their main motivation is the belief that everybody has the right to educate and that systemic failures are no excuse to outlaw those that are seeking asylum. In order to establish this goal, they offer transversal pedagogical programs led by lecturers, consultants and research fellows who are displaced people and forced migrants. The platform operates without language limitations or bureaucratic obstacles.
The Orientation program includes a number of online lectures and on-site gatherings. These lectures will focus on acting beyond the limitations of border politics and how to act in solidarity with collectives around the world. This includes Silent University Lecturers such as Fahima Alnablsi, who studied Politics and Economy at the Damascus University in Syria and is the main coordinator of the Silent University in Stockholm; Bridget Fonkeu, a member of the management team for the Silent University in Ruhr, who immigrated as a refugee from Cameroon in 1998 and got her M.A. in English Linguistics at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany; Pelin Tan, Silent University Consultant; Suha Nabhan and Amal Jibril, co-founders of Migration Jam and Silent University members based in Istanbul; Mine Boztaş and Irem Somer from İmece İnisyatifi Derneği, an initiative focused on establishing ways of life based on universal values and eliminating discrimination, injustice and poverty; Salah Zatar and Odugbesan Abimbola, members of the management team for the Silent University in Hamburg; and many others.