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Opening Up the University: Workshop

Opening by Donya Golnasi
Friday, April 29, 2022, 11:15 am – 3:30 pm

The workshops complements a book launch later in the day:

The book and the workshop focuses on university access for students who have experienced displacement, what the responses of universities to displaced learners can teach us about the boundaries of academic institutions, and how struggles over access for these students may lead to new openings. The question of access to higher education for displaced individuals is placed in a wider context: We need to understand access as part of a wider drive towards equity, which entails meaningful inclusion, representation and participation in classrooms, at decision-making levels within institutions and society at large.


11:15 – 12:45 Workshop Part One
Book presentation: Opening Up the University: Teaching and Learning with Refugees
Edited by Céline Cantat, Ian M. Cook, and Prem Kumar Rajaram
Access the book here:

Discussion - what inspires and how have we changed practices?

2-3:30 Workshop Part Two

Chapter Presentations

Strategies against Everyday Bordering in Universities: The Open Learning Initiatives Aura Lounasmaa (online), Erica Masserano (in person), Michelle Harewood and Jessica Oddy

Insider Views on English Language Pathway Programmes to Australian Universities Victoria Wilson (online), Homeira Babaei, Merna Dolmai and Suhail Sawa

‘Where Are the Refugees?’: The Paradox of Asylum in Everyday Institutional Life in the Modern Academy and the Space-Time Banalities of Exception Kolar Aparna (online), Olivier Thomas Kramsch (online) and Oumar Kande

Digital Literacy for Refugees in the United Kingdom Israel Princewill Esenowo (online)

What Happens to a Story? En/countering Imaginative Humanitarian Ethnography in the Classroom Erin Goheen Glanville (online)

The Importance of the Locality in Opening Universities to Refugee Students Ester Gallo (online), Barbara Poggio and Paola Bodio

Focus Pulled to Hungary: Case Study of the OLIve Participatory Video Workshop Klára Trencsényi (in person) and Jeremy Braverman (in person)

The Authoritarian Turn against Academics in Turkey: Can Scholars Still Show Solidarity to Vulnerabilised Groups? Leyla Safta-Zecheria (in person)

The event is in person at the CEU Auditorium (Vienna Campus) and online.