About the project

Project winner of the Visible Award 2013

The Silent University is an autonomous knowledge exchange platform by and for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. It is led by a group of lecturers, consultants and research fellows. Each group contributes to the programme in different ways, which include course development, specific research on key themes as well as personal reflections on what it means to be a refugee and asylum seeker. This platform will be presented using the format of an academic program.
Since 2012 the Silent University has involved those who have had a professional life and academic training in their home countries, but are unable to use their skills or professional training due to various reasons related to their status. Working together, the participants have developed course topics connected to their qualifications.

By collaborating with the Migrants Resource Centre, Tate and the Delfina Foundation, London, in 2012, a group of lecturers, consultants and research fellows were identified, who have now taken on leading roles in the Silent University. Each group contributes to the Silent University in different ways, through course development and research on specific key themes. The courses are freely accessible in the project website.

The second base of the Silent University is in Stockholm. Through this application, the Silent University seeks financial support in order to sustain the continuity of the project in London and Stockholm, as well as introducing and activating it in Berlin and Paris where the aforementioned communities constitute significant parts of the society and agreements with local partners have been settled.


Watch here a video with highlights from the live conversation between Matteo Lucchetti and Ahmet Öğüt on 14September 2020, within the context of the online public program ‘Society of the Many’

About the artist

Ahmet Ögüt, born in Diyarbakir, Turkey in 1981, has gained international acclaim for his subtle references to complex topics including religion, social and rural customs, and the spectre of war, often offset by an edge of humour. Winner of the Volkskrant Art Prize 2011 and the Future Generation Art Special Prize 2012, Ahmet’s recent solo exhibitions include shows at SALT (Istanbul), Fondazione Giuliani (Rome); Kunsthalle Lissabon (Lisbon), UC Berkeley Art Museum, Museum Villa Stuck (Munich), Artspace Visual Arts.