People who are forced to leave their countries do not stop caring for their societies and their homeland once they cross a border. While struggling to settle in new countries, they often lack the resources, a network and opportunities to proceed with their activism.
We want to build a University for people in exile which offers them education, networks and collaboration with others so they can reach their potential. We want to create a hub for connecting and educating future political leaders.
In order to plan the University in detail, we are exploring and analyzing various models for a university in exile. To find the answers to those questions, TCF has commissioned two connected research projects done by two professors whom we would like to introduce here:
Jonathan M. Feldman is an associate professor at the Department of Economic History at the Stockholm University. He has a PhD in Regional Economic Development from Rutgers University in the USA. Jonathan has written several academic articles about university organization and design. These include articles on: a) how to convert universities from military to civilian-serving projects; b) how to create a user-design space in universities to promote democratic innovation; and c) how to promote the greening of universities by making use of their internal resources and network relationships. He has also organized two global teach-ins linking communities in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, several European countries, the U.S., Canada and Latin America on issues related to demilitarization, economic democracy, and comprehensive ecological transformation. More information you can find here.
Ata Hoodashtian is an associate professor and a research director based in Toronto, Canada. His areas of research are Modernity, Modern and traditional cultural systems (East and West), Métissage of Values (cultural hybridity), Intercultural Studies, International Politics, Islamic society, Iran and modernity, the Middle East and Central Asia. More information you can find here.
Are you interested in the details of each phase of the project and you would like to have more data? Please write to us.