Expert’s stakeholders Workshop during the annual DWIH conference FUTURE FORUM in New York City

German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York , October 20, 2023
Navigating Displacement: Sharing Knowledge and Strategies for Fostering Resilience

“Navigating Displacement: Sharing Knowledge and Strategies for Fostering Resilience” serves as the inaugural gathering that lays the foundation for what we envision as the Transatlantic Working Group on Academic Freedom. The lead institutions for this working group in addition to DWIH are UA Ruhr, Academy in Exile, Humboldt University Berlin, University of Cincinnati, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and University of Cologne.

Persecution of academics and scholars due to their disruptive forms of intellectual and creative expression, or because of their ethnic, religious, gender and sexual identities has sent large numbers of academics into exile over the past decades. Resilience-building has emerged as a key approach to addressing these challenges, and various initiatives on both sides of the Atlantic have been launched to support individual scientists and scholars who are forced by authoritarian regimes to seek refuge in other countries. Our stakeholder workshop aims to explore best practices, exchange ideas, and foster dialogue between multinational funding organizations and academic institutions in their shared mission of empowering at-risk and displaced scholars. It presents a unique opportunity to bring together German and American perspectives on issues related to academic and creative freedom, exile, and resilience to articulate best practices and find common ground to share resources. 

Photography by Fatemeh Rezaei