Symposium: Humanities in Exile

Taft Research Center, University of Cincinnati, October 17, 2023

In partnership with the University Alliance Ruhr, TU Dortmund University, Academy in Exile, UC International and the College of DAAP School of Art, the Taft Research Center hosted this symposium on the multifaceted role of the humanities in the lives of scholars and artists living in exile. It focuses on how research and researchers are affected by limitations to academic freedom in transnational context. The aim was to illuminate the unique experiences, challenges, and contributions to society made by scholars and artists dedicated to academic freedom.

The event extended University of Cininnati’s engagement and hosting of the What We Brought with Us exhibition, which was at UC’s Meyers Gallery through November 23.


Kader Konuk
Kader Konuk is a comparatist with expertise in the literary and cultural history of migration and exile. She is professor of German literature at the TU Dortmund University and the Director of Academy in Exile.

Vanessa Agnew
Vanessa Agnew is a Professor in the Faculty of Cultural Studies at TU Dortmund University; is honorary Professor in the Research school of Humanities and the Arts at Australian National University, and Associate Director of Academy in Exile.

Utku Balaban
Utku Balaban is an Associate Professor of Race, Intersectionality, Gender, and Sociology at Xavier University.

Nazan Bedirhanoglu
Nazan Bedirhanoglu is an Assistant Professor of Race, Intersectionality, Gender, and Sociology at Xavier University and New University in Exile Consortium Fellow.

Fatemeh Rezaei
Fatemeh Rezaei is an Afghan photographer and artist in exile. She will present on “The Impact of ID-Cards on the Lives of Immigrants and Refugees: A Photographic Exploration of Identity and Migration”.

Kate Bonansinga
Kate Bonansinga is Director of the School of Art in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati, where she is also a professor teaching courses in contemporary art, curatorial practice and art in public space.

Amy Lind
Amy Lind is Mary Ellen Heintz Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center in the University of Cincinnati.