What does a University in Exile look like in the 21st century?

The driving concept behind much of jamiya.org ’s work is reconnecting displaced communities and networks. If one looks back 70 years to World War 2, and a comparable time of crisis, a similar process created University in Exile or École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in the New School in New York. But what should a University in Exile look like in the 21st century?

Networks, whether they are business, social or education do not disappear during conflict and displacement. They are disrupted: the institutional support or infrastructure on which the network relied upon is destroyed or dismantled during war. But the they exist before, during and after war.

At Jamiya we’re asking:

  • how to make these networks more resilient before war;
  • how to reconnect them during displacement by conflict; and
  • how they can be re-established and contribute to reconstruction after conflict.