Silent University Open Day
Saturday May 25 12–3pm



Schedule of presentations:

12:00 Introduction Francesco Ponzo & Louise Shelley
12:10 Ahmet Ögüt and The Silent University Tensta, Stockholm
12:30 FLAG - Quiet Cake-Conversation, Alternative Platforms for Learning
13:00 Behnam Al-Agzeer - Arabic Calligraphy
13:20 Dr. Nazar Pola - Presentation 1: What is Health Presentation
13:45 Anton katz – Wink
14:10 Miriam Binsztok – Immigrants and Human Rights
14:30 Natasha Reid - An Embassy for Refugees: Can diplomacy be employed for the marginalised rather than the powerful?
15.00 END

With ongoing contributions from Marco Dalbosco and Julia Curtin


Free all welcome






Announcement for Silent University Followers and Contributors based in London

The first Silent University Open Day will take place at The Showroom on Saturday May 25.

The Open Day will be an opportunity to expand the reach and discussions of the Silent University around the themes of Silence, Alternative Platforms for Learning, Alternative Economies, and Migration.

If you would like to be involved with The Silent university please contact: louise@theshowroom.org or on 020 7724 4300.

The Silent University is an autonomous knowledge exchange platform initiated by artist Ahmet Ögüt working with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who, although from a professional background, cannot gainfully practice their profession due to the limitations of the asylum process. Limitations also apply to access to education, access to currency, and volunteering.

The Silent University’s goal is to challenge the idea of silence as a passive state, and explore its powerful potential through performance, writing, and group reflection. These explorations attempt to make apparent the systemic failure and the loss of skills and knowledge experienced through the silencing process of asylum seekers. By inventing alternative currencies, in place of money or free voluntary service, the Silent University aims to address and reactivate the knowledge of its participants, making the exchange process mutually beneficial