What We Brought with Us

Each of the eighteen photographs in “What We Brought with Us" represents a single object selected by a person whose time in exile was or is supported by Academy in Exile, the purpose of which is to harbor scholars and cultural producers at risk in order to advance academic freedom through its fellowship program.  These objects were carried by some of Academy in Exile’s fellows when they fled from their countries of origin to Germany where they were hosted by University of Duisburg-Essen, Free University of Berlin, Forum of Transregional Studies and Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen.

“What We Brought with Us" was developed by Academy in Exile, which is now based at TU Dortmund, one of the three universities that comprise the University Alliance Ruhr, which is a University of Cincinnati International strategic partner.  University of Cincinnati Taft Humanities Center symposium, Humanities in Exile (October 17, 2023), is in conjunction with this exhibition.  UC offers both the exhibition and the symposium in the spirit of collaboration with one of its important international strategic partners, and with concern for those who are forced to live in exile as a result of oppression by authoritarian regimes around the world.

This exhibition was also on view at the Goethe-Institut New York, located at 30 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003, from October 18 to November 15, 2023. 

This extension highlights the universal relevance of the exhibition's themes, fostering broader dialogue and engagement.


To view the 3-D tour simply click on the 360 link to the left and/or browse the exhibition stills below.

West Gallery

Picture of a Queer Israel Flag
Pictures of an old man with a cat and a hand-embroidered scarf
Picture of a red child's shoe
Picture of a colorful sock
Amber bag with embedded insects in the design
Cellphone with an image of a view of the sea with a statue in the background
Picture of a ceramic, painted toy bear
Picture of two journals stacked

East Gallery

Image of a white fabric scarf
Image of a flashlight
Image of a cellphone protected inside a plastic bag
Image of several stacks of books
Image of plastic container of fur
Image of a dupatta
Image of venetian silk purse
Image of a ultrasound picture of baby in the womb
Image of a wooden stand resembling a face used to hold a person's glasses

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