UA Ruhr Events

18. 10. 2023

Panel Discussion & Exhibition What We Brought With Us

October 18, 2023

University Alliance Ruhr together with our partner, Goethe-Institut organized the opening panel discussion and exhibition in New York City.  “What We Brought with Us” is an exhibition developed by Academy in Exile at TU Dortmund University, one of the three universities that comprise the University Alliance Ruhr. The exhibition presented images of objects carried by some of Academy in Exile’s fellows when they fled from their countries of origin to Germany to where they were hosted by University of Duisburg-Essen, Free University of Berlin, Forum Transregionale Studien and Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen.

October 18, 2023, at 6.00pm Objects of Resilience: Exploring the Symbolic Weight of Refugee Things

The opening panel of the exhibition with Prof. Dr. Vanessa Agnew, Prof. Kate A. Bonansinga, Prof. Dr. Kader Konuk and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Baer served as an engaging exploration of the significance and emotional resonance carried by the objects refugees bring with them when fleeing their homelands. “What We Brought with Us" invited people to question their relationship with possessions and each other. It prompted to reflect on what truly matters to us and what we consider most precious. Does a single object have the power to represent a lost world? What is our sense of belonging defined by? And in the act of leaving, when we are forced to abandon everything, what remains?

October 18, 2023 – November 15, 2023 What We Brought With Us exhibition

To view the catalog of the exhibition please click here.

Meet the panelists:

Photo documentation of the exhibition:

 Photos by Marc Tatti

Photo Gallery:

To see more photos please click here (Photos by Nathalie Schueller).

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