This is the inaugural conference of the Centre for Solidarity and Cooperation with Universities of North and East Syria (CSCUNES) organized in collaboration with Laboratoire d'études de genre et de sexualité (LEGS) at Paris 8 University. The Centre was founded in Paris in November 2021 with the aim of organizing solidarity with the universities of North and East (NE) Syria through joint projects and academic relations. In organizing this conference, we would like to explore, discuss, and contribute to the visions and foundational principles for free, autonomous, and democratic universities. We seek to understand the needs of the four universities of the region (the Universities of Rojava, Kobani, Afrin [currently under occupation], and Al-Sharq) and respond to them by forging solidarity networks in Europe and globally.
What are the relations between political and social change and higher education? What kind of university do we envision to radically alter our ways of knowledge production? What is the role of anti-capitalist, ecological and feminist as well as decolonial pedagogies in forging social transformation? How can we construct ethically and politically responsible universities under the conditions of neoliberal privatization of higher education and the crisis in university governance and academic freedom? What epistemological ruptures an alternative university can offer despite protracted wars and the regimes of political suppression? How can we build autonomous and democratic university structures where the radical democratic participation of every single community member is ensured?
Organizing this conference around these questions, we bear witness to praxis of universities in the North and East region of Syria since the Rojava Revolution in 2012. Despite the ongoing invasions and war in the region, the universities of NE Syria continue to integrate the ideals and achievements of this revolution in the curriculum, research programs, and pedagogical approaches. Yet, these universities face serious challenges in making education accessible to the communities due to ongoing embargoes/blockades imposed by neighbouring hostile states. As solidarity has been very central to sustaining the Rojava Revolution, we believe that it is also indispensable for fostering democratic and feminist universities in the region. Participants of this conference will shed light on the many aspects of higher education and its praxis in NE Syria.
The conference will be held in a hybrid format, both in person and on Zoom webinar. The Keynote Lecture will be live streamed on YouTube.
For those who cannot attend the conference in person, please register for the webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dj3u0Nt7TqaEfZQc1NRtCw
Date: March 17, 2022
Time: 14:00 - 19:00 (Doors open at 13:45)
Place: Campus Condorcet, Centre de colloques, Room 100 (on the ground floor near the entrance)
Address: 8 Cr des Humanités, 93300 Aubervilliers (final stop on line 12, near the exit of Métro Front Populaire)
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Centre de solidarité et de coopération avec les universités du nord et de l'est de la Syrie (CSCUNES) est une association loi 1901 créée en 2021 (Paris, France) qui vise à soutenir les universités du Rojava et de la région nord et est de la Syrie (Université du Rojava, Université de Kobani et Université d'Al-Sharq), afin qu’elles puissent développer leurs programmes d'enseignement et de recherche.
The Center for Solidarity and Cooperation with Universities of North and East Syria (CSCUNES) is an association law 1901 established in 2021 in Paris, France. It aims to support universities of Rojava and the north and east region of Syria (University of Rojava, University of Kobani, and University of Al-Sharq) for their advancement of educational and research programs.
Navenda Piştgirî û Hevkarîyê Ligel Zanîngehên Bakûr û Rojhelatê Sûrîyê (CSCUNES) sazîyekî fermî ya zagona sazîyan a 1901 e ku di sala 2021 li bajara Paris, France, hatîye damezrandin. Nawend piştgirîya zanîngehên Rojava û yên herêma Bakûr û Rojhelatê Sûrîyê (Zanîngeha Rojava, Zanîngeha Kobanê û Zanîngeha El-Şerq) wekî armanc dibîne, da ku bernameyên perwerdehî û lêkolînê bipêşve bibe.