The exhibition depicts portraits of refugee researchers who are now living in France. The Humboldt-Universität, itself host to numerous at-risk and refugee researchers, will be housing the travelling exhibition until 24th September.
The photo compositions, consisting of a portrait as well as scenes from the country of origin, of the host country and of personal items, show the stories of the people portrayed. They offer a foray through four subject areas: The History of Academic Asylum; Researchers in Mortal Danger; Academia in Exile; and Report, Monitor, Testify.
Countries like France and Germany, especially, and their universities, consider themselves to have an obligation to take care of these endangered people. Germany and France cooperate closely in defending academic freedom and have launched the Philipp Schwartz Initiative and its French counterpart PAUSE for this purpose. It is also for this reason that the Humboldt-Universität is a member of the "Scholars at Risk" network and the New University in Exile Consortium.
The exhibition, at the interface between research and art, integrates different layers into one whole: the work of Pierre-Jérôme Adjedj (photographer) and Pascale Laborier (researcher and curator) as well as the PAUSE programme.
The partners of the exhibition are the Humboldt-Universität, the French Embassy and the Centre Marc Bloch.