URGENTLY WANTED:

Freedom of Research and Learning

Redefine the boundaries of academic freedom

The value of free research and teaching for society and for each individual becomes particularly clear when this is jeopardized. Political repression in the school and university sector, marginalization, intersectional discrimination, or a lack of choice in education are key reasons for many people to come to Germany, specifically to Berlin. Even today, almost 20 percent of students enrolled in Berlin are new to Germany, and many of them come from countries where academic freedom is under threat.

What do freedom and academic freedom mean to these newcomers? What are their expectations of academic freedom, vocational training and higher education? Are their expectations fulfilled and, if not, why not?

The centerpiece of our project is a research-based and artistic co-production process moderated by academics who have experienced flight or migration, in which the meaning of ‘freedom’ is explored. The results of this research-based learning will be documented in two artistic formats – as a video and a radio play.

We aim to reach new Berliners between the ages of 18 and 35 for whom increasing political repression, marginalization, discrimination, or a lack of educational and training options in their country of origin were a key reason for coming to Germany and specifically to Berlin. Our focus is on young researchers and young adults who are not yet studying from countries such as Turkey, Syria, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Ukraine and Russia. Additionally, we would like to share the results of our research on New Arrivals’ ideas and expectations of freedom with the public and document obstacles to the fulfillment of promises of freedom.

Urgently wanted: Freedom of research and learning is a collaboration of Off University e.V. and the research project Beyond Social Cohesion: RePLITO (Global Repertoires of Living Together) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Gender and Media Studies (GAMS) Department of Institute for Asian and African Studies.

Video Project

for 18-35 year­-old new arrivals to explore the meaning of freedom

What to Expect

  • Engage in a dynamic collaboration where we research and create together.
  • Collaborate with experienced scholars and fellow New Arrivals.
  • Craft a short video
  • Challenge existing narratives and redefine freedom.

What IS REQUIRED

  • Age 18 to 35
  • Open to students already enrolled at a German institution and those not yet in education
  • Participants are not required to have prior knowledge to participate in the workshop.The only prerequisite is to bring a smart-phone with a camera.
  • You only need basic English
  • Participation is FREE

PROGRAM DETAILS

On the first day we will explore the history and theory of video activism, and on the second day we will focus on the technical aspects of film-making. The third and fourth days of the workshop will be dedicated to viewing and reviewing the footage, classifying and selecting footage for editing, and working together on a draft edit with the participation of the editor.
Participants will be involved in the presentation of the final work on various occasions.

Date:

15-16 JUNE / 22-23 JUNE 2024

Time:

11:00 – 17:00

Location:

in central Berlin – TBC

Radio Play Project

for 18-35 year­-old new arrivals to explore the meaning of freedom

What to Expect

  • Engage in a dynamic collaboration where we research and create together.
  • Collaborate with experienced scholars and fellow New Arrivals.
  • Craft a radio play
  • Challenge existing narratives and redefine freedom.

What IS REQUIRED

  • Age 18 to 35
  • Open to students already enrolled at a German institution and those not yet in education
  • Participants are not required to have prior knowledge to participate in the workshop. The only prerequisite is to bring a smart-phone for audio-recording.
  • You only need basic English
  • Participation is FREE

PROGRAM DETAILS

During the first block of the workshop we will explore the power of audio storytelling, define themes of interest, learn questioning techniques and gather material. The second block of the workshop will be dedicated to developing dramaturgy, recording additional layers and sounds, using the storytelling from the first block, and editing and mixing.

Date:

20-21 JUNE / 4-5 or 6-7 JULY 2024*

Time:

11:00 – 17:00

Location:

in central Berlin – TBC

*The exact dates for the second block will be clarified after recruiting participants

Eager to be part of this transformative journey
and secure your place in our workshops?

Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Science Year 2024 – Freedom

The theme of the Science Year 2024 is freedom. This is because it is of fundamental value and is under threat today in ways that have long been unimaginable. The Science Year 2024 is therefore focussing on various dimensions of freedom. What exactly is freedom? Are freedom and democracy connected? Where does freedom begin? With a wide range of opportunities to get involved, the Year of Science provides a framework for intergenerational discussions about freedom, its value and its meaning – with each other and with science. About freedom today, tomorrow and worldwide.

The Year of Science is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) together with Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD).