PANELS & WORKSHOPS

 
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TAKING ACTION IN TEACHING

SHAHRAM KHOSRAVI  18 Nov 2021 10:30

is Professor of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University with a research interest in the anthropology of Iran and the Middle East, migration, human rights, and forced displacement. He is the author of Precarious Lives: Waiting and Hope in Iran (2017) and TheIllegal’ Traveler: an Auto-Ethnography of Borders (2010) and editor of Waiting. A Project in Conversation (2021). He is a founding member of the Critical Border Studies Initiative, a forum for academics, artists and activists dedicated to interdisciplinary studies on borders.

TAKING ACTION IN TEACHING 18 Nov 2021 11:00

focuses on initiatives dedicated to emancipatory research and teaching. Academics flee conflict or war, are banned from institutions for their opinions, or restricted in their research – circumstances that call for creative solutions to education and scientific work. Taking Action invites scholars to critically discuss current issues und initiatives related to more democratic education and research with special reference to transformations in teaching platforms. With: Achim Rohde (AiE), Tuba İnal-Çekiç (Off University), Tomasz Kitliński (NUEC, TiE, IIE-SRF), Aysuda Kölemen (TIE) 

 

SHOWING OFF SCIENCE  

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NIKLAS KOLORZ 18 Nov 2021 14:00

is a content creator, moderator, video- and livestream producer and coach for social media ventures. In 2021, he won the Grimme Online Award in two categories: “Science and Education” and “Crowd Favorite”. He currently runs his own TikTok channel with 645k followers, where he explains scientific details in a matter of seconds.

SHOWING OFF SCIENCE 18 Nov 2021 14:30

gives the community of Academics in Solidarity and its partner organizations involved in teaching the chance to present their work to a wider network. Showing Off will be structured as a digital fair where individual teaching formats are shared and initiatives present how they advocate and practically intervene in contributing to a better dissemination of knowledge.

 

INFRASTRUCTURES OF INCLUSION

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KARIM EL-HELAIFI 19 Nov 2021 10:15

The ndo is a “postmigrant movement against racism and for an inclusive Germany”. Their members are descendants of migrant workers and refugees, Sinti and Roma, Afro-diasporic people, Jewish, Muslim and other engaged people seeking dialogue – a lobby committed to more visibility, participation and equal opportunities.

INFRASTRUCTURES OF INCLUSION 19 Nov 2021 11:00

aims at advancing democratic involvement in teaching and higher education in general. Infrastructures strives to assess structural inequalities and generate joint ideas for better involvement in teaching by opening a discussion between actors who shape how teaching is structurally promoted for everyone. With: Yasemin Karakaşoğlu (Bremen), Betül Yarar (Bremen), Encarnación Gutiérrez-Rodríguez (Gießen), Wendy Shaw (Berlin)

 

WORKSHOPS

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INTERNATIONALIZATION IN TEACHING

ACHIM ROHDE & HEIKE PANTELMANN 19 Nov 2021 14:00

Special guests: Andreas Fijal, Daniel Schubert, Holger Dau

There is a consistent drive for the internationalization of teaching in Higher Education Institutions that has been considerably boosted by the possibilities of online courses. Yet the longer the term banners the universities, the more questions arise how far this has been achieved in practice.

This workshop aims at determining the state of affairs in universities by acknowledging how student contingents and teaching loads still pose infrastructural challenges to gain access to lectureships for exiled scholars, while at the same time pointing towards examples of successful initiatives that have opened spaces for the participation of international scholars and thought. Going beyond structural inequalities and access, the workshop wishes to also tackle issues of "expert knowledge" by taking interventions seriously that call for decolonial, democratized and emancipatory education in academia.

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HOW CAN TEACHING IN EXILE TRANSFORM UNIVERSITY EDUCATION IN GERMANY? 19 Nov 2021 14:00

ASLI TELLI AYDEMIR & ÇAĞLA DINER

Special guest: Jan Lazardzig

Rethinking and reforming the long-neglected learning and teaching activities at universities seem to be overdue. With the dependence on third-party funding, excellent research has become the norm in German universities. However, this norm diverts attention from teaching, intellectual exchange and critical thought. Calls for reenacting the value of teaching have included the strengthening of digital teaching as well as innovative curriculum designs with awareness for feminist, decolonial and activist curricula in HEIs.

This workshop wishes to tackle these issues by examining how a contributory reform process in teaching should also support the inclusion of exiled scholars in the higher education system and society in general. Exiled scholars add to critical thinking and innovative methodologies in teaching with their rich and diverse academic backgrounds. This workshop aims to discuss how existing mechanisms can contribute to innovative, yet critical and inclusive curricula and teaching in HEIs of Germany by highlighting the transformative potentials of activist curricula, online presence and scholars in exile.

 

Recommended reading list:

>BRIDGES: A toolkit for diversifying knowledge and tackling discrimination through civil society participation in universities. Decolonize Education

>Gender and Diversity Competence for Teaching

> Gülay Çağlar, Jennifer Chan de Avila: "Das Inklusionsversprechen oder »the dark side of diversity«? Diversitätspolitik an Universitäten." In: H. Dilger; M. Warstat (Hg.) Umkämfte Vielfalt: Affektive Dynamiken institutioneller Diversifizierung. Frankfurt 2021, S. 318-334.

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RAISING THE BAR IN TRANSNATIONAL TEACHING: THE CASE OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM 19 Nov 2021 14:00

ERTUĞ TOMBUŞ, OLEG TROYANOVSKY, DMITRY DUBROVSKY, FLORIAN KOHSTALL 

There is still a need for a systematic analysis of academic freedom in regard to teaching: Scholars are banned from universities for their political engagement, persecuted for their thoughts and restricted in their design of curricula. One outcome of these dynamics is an increasing importance of non-governmental interventions. Initiatives like the Free University Moscow or Off University have reacted to institutional, political and ideological pressure on scientists and teachers by bringing scientific content online, establishing new forms of teaching and engaging in academic cooperation beyond the bounds of traditional institutions of education. At the same time, established universities also explicitly stress the importance of academic freedom, when it comes to international partnerships.

This workshop wishes to discuss and evaluate the current state of affairs of teaching in exile by bringing attention to key values of higher education such as academic freedom. The workshop focuses on changing political climates, the significance of governmental legislations that creep into the every-day infrastructures of designing science and education, the need for, and hindrances to, academic cooperation as well as the relationship between people at risk and knowledge at risk that call for placing matters of academic freedom at the chore of university curricula.