KWI – Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Intitut Essen, KWI)

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Project Academy in Exile

Principal Investigator: Kader Konuk (UDE)
Coordinators: Georges Khalil (Forum), Volker Heins (KWI)

Cooperation Partner: Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin, Institut für Turkistik der Universität Duisburg-Essen
Funded by: Volkswagen Foundation
Duration: 2018-2020

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The 'Academy in Exile' provides a forum for a continued engagement with questions of religious and ethnic diversity, gender and sexuality, and civic engagement for peace, democracy, citizenship and human rights. The initiative intends to stimulate Turkish Studies and promote wider debate about authoritarian movements and threats to academic freedom. It was founded by The Institute of Turkish Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI) with funding support from the Volkswagen Foundation. Eligible are scholars from all fields in the humanities, law, economics and social sciences who are at risk or in exile because of their academic work and/or civic engagement with human rights and the pursuit of academic freedom. The fellowships provide scholars with the opportunity to reestablish their scholarship in Germany and work on a research project of their own choosing in a multidisciplinary environment.