Refugees in Arts & Academia

dinsdag 4 juli


The Jonge Academie and UAF – Scholars at Risk have joined forces in order to bring public attention to the issue of refugees in the arts sector and academia, and to examine the current situation in Flanders. We are convinced that there are prospects to turn the current challenges into opportunities, both for refugees, the arts sector and academia.


4 July 2017  ·  16.30h – 20.30h
Palace of the Academies – Hertogsstraat 1 – 1000 Brussels

16:15      Doors open, registration
17:00     Programme

//      Welcome by Magaly Rodríguez García, Bram Verschuere & Kevin Smets (Jonge Academie)

//      Testimonials by refugee academics about their own experiences
               >   Araa Al Jaramani, postdoctoral researcher sociology (ULB), born in Syria
               >   Zafer Kizilkaya, PhD student political sciences (VUB), born in Turkey
               >   Mokhallad Rasem, actor, director, maker (Toneelhuis, Antwerp), born in Iraq
               >   Ayham Saif Eddin, student political sciences (ULB & KU Leuven), born in Syria

//      Forbidden science monologue: a theater performance by Roger Goudsmit
               >   the story of Iraqi microbiologist Salah Al-Zuhairy, directed by John Leerdam

//      Debate with policy makers
               >   Sonja Snacken, vice rector International Policy VUB
               >   Ann Brusseel, representative in Flemish Parliament
               >   Peter Van Rompaey, artistic director Muziekpublique
               >   Moderator: Jan Hautekiet

//      Music performances by Qotob trio

//      Pitches about existing initiatives
               >   Scholars At Risk
               >   UAF
               >   ULB International Welcome Desk
               >   VUB Welcome Student-refugees Programme
               >   Cinemaximiliaan
               >   The Syrian Aula
               >   Flemish Interuniversity Council VLIR
               >   Studying in Germany as a Refugee
               >   The Young Academy in the Netherlands: Science Buddies


19:00      Room for networking
//      Walking dinner by Our House
//      Info market with stands of the pitchers

Meet artists, scholars, scientists and students on the move in an informal setting. Exchange ideas with refugees, colleagues, representatives of the academic and political authorities and the arts sector.


Prior to this event, a workshop on Scholars At Risk will be held, intended for higher education institutions. Invitation to the Scholars At Risk workshop (4 July 2017, 14:30 – 16:00).


Registration for the event is possible by filling in the form below. Attendance to the event is free of charge, but registration is required.


(Cover photo: Heba Alibrahim. Read her story here. Photo by Venus Veldhoen)



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