Principles and Demands

  1. Everybody has the right to educate.
  2. Immediate acknowledgement of academic backgrounds
  3. of asylum seekers and refugees.
  4. Acting knowledge without Language limitations.
  5. Acting knowledge without legal limitations.
  6. Participatory modes of usership.
  7. Artistic pedagogical practices need to be emancipated from commonly used terminologies such as "projects" and "workshops".
  8. Pedagogic practices must be based on long-term engagement, commitment and determination.
  9. We act in solidarity with other refugee struggles and collectives around the world.
  10. Extra-territorial, trans-local knowledge production and conflict urbanism must be priorities.
  11. Decentralized, participatory, horizontal and autonomous modality of education, instead of centralized, authoritarian, oppressive, and compulsory education.
  12. Acting beyond limitations of border politics.
  13. Adhocracy instead of bureaucracy.
  14. Action Knowledge can only be produced through assemblage methods.
  15. Revolution of decolonising pedagogies

The Silent University aims to address and reactivate the knowledge of the participants and make the exchange process mutually beneficial by inventing alternative currencies, in place of money or free voluntary service. The Silent University’s aim 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 people seeking asylum.