SAR Network Global Congress, Amsterdam, 9-10 April 2014
The triennial Scholars at Risk Network Global Congress will be held on 9-10 April 2014 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is co-hosted by Scholars at Risk, the Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF), University ofAmsterdam (UvA), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA).
(Pre-Congress meeting for representatives of SAR sections, SAR Partner Networks & prospective sections and partner networks.)
Welcome & Opening Remarks Including Frank van der Duyn Schouten, Rector, VU Amsterdam, Maarten den Heyer, Board Member, UAF, and Jonathan Fanton, Board Chair, Scholars at Risk Network
SAR video presentation
"Freedom to think, responsibility to act" Overview of the program by Robert Quinn, Executive Director, Scholars at Risk Network
“Academic Responsibility in Global Higher Education”
Director, London School of Economics and Political Science
“Courage to Think Dialogues: Global Voices” Conversations with scholars from around the world featuring a keynote dialogue with Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran; Habib Kazdaghli, Dean of the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Manouba, Tunisia; Ielyzaveta Shchepetylnykova, Chair, Ukrainian Association of Student Self-Government; Kholoud Saber, Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, Egypt; and more.
Reception & Dinner
“Courage to Think” Celebration An evening celebration with performances of Courage to Think Monologues, based on the stories of SAR-assisted scholars, and presentation of the 2014 SAR Courage to Think Award (recipient to be announced), including Mardjan Seighali, Pieter Hilhorst, Jonathan Fanton and more.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 (at University of Amsterdam)
Welcome & summary of workshop goals Including Alexander Rinnooy Kan, University of Amsterdam and Sinead O’Gorman, Europe Director, Scholars at Risk Network.
Workshop A: Protecting threatened scholars
Designed for prospective, new, and experienced SAR members, partner network members and affiliates, this workshop will explore opportunities and best practices for helping to protect at-risk scholars. Presenters will include SAR-assisted scholars from Iran and Iraq; host campus representatives including the University of Amsterdam (UvA), SAR casework staff and partners. Activities discussed will include hosting scholar-visitors, SAR Speaker Seriesevents,SAR Scholars-in-Prison Project, SAR Student Advocacy Seminar and more. SAR partners will share experience from their work, including Karin Vlietstra, University of Amsterdam; Adam Braver, Roger Williams University; Berend Jonker, UAF Iran Programme; Kate Robertson, Council for Assisting Refugee Academics Zimbabwe Project; Sarah Willcox, Scholar Rescue Fund Syria Project, and Helge Lunde, International Cities of Refuge Network’s (ICORN) work for threatened writers.
Workshop B: Protecting threatened scholars
This workshop offers information and discussion about how to participate in research and advocacy activities of SAR and its partners, including especially the SAR Academic Freedom Monitoring Project and the higher education work of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). It is designed for prospective, new and experienced SAR members, affiliates and partner network members, including especially individual faculty and students. Presenters will include Diya Nijhowne, Director of GCPEA, and participating monitor-researchers from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America.
Workshops A & B continued
Workshop C: Promoting Academic Freedom “Statements of values in international higher education partnerships”
A plenary workshop discussing SAR’s proposal that a statement or MOU on university values should be regularly incorporated into international higher education partnerships, with responses from leaders in the field, including Jonathan Fanton; Sijbolt Noorda, President, Magna Charta Observatory; Oyewole Olusola, President of the Association of African Universities, and Sultan Abu-Orabi, General Secretary of the Association of Arab Universities (invited).
2014 SAR Network Meeting* *Open to SAR members, affiliates and invited guests to share updates, ask questions and help shape SAR’s strategy for the coming years.
Including Sinead O’Gorman, European Director, Scholars at Risk; Ragnhild Øien Guldvog, Chair SAR-Norway Section; Ruth Taillon, Secretary, Universities Ireland; Kris Dejonckheere, Secretary General, UNICA; Stephen Wordsworth, Executive Director, Council for Assisting Refugee Academics; Berend Jonker, Policy Officer, International Affairs, UAF; and more.
Accommodations in Amsterdam
Discounted rates have been arranged for Conference participants at the below hotels. Both hotels are near public transportation (Metro, tram and bus). Directions to event venues will be emailed to all registered participants.
Hotels with special rates for Global Congress registrants
These hotels provide special rates for Global Congress registrants, but require walking or public transportation to get to event venues. For those wishing to stay closer to event venues, additional hotels are listed below.
NH hotel Museum quarter
Hobbemakade, 50, 1071XL Amsterdam
Registration is now open. Please click the button at the right to complete the four step registration process:
Step 1: Name and contact information
(Note: Click the button on the right to register for the "Courage to Think" Celebration ONLY, held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 19:30 to 21:00 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). The celebration is free and open to the public, but space is limited.)
Step 2:Payment of registration fee
SAR members, affiliates and partner network members who have paid the 2014 membership subscription are eligible for a discounted registration. (Click here toJOIN the networkor toPAY subscriptionnow before registering.) Invited SAR scholars, speakers and guests are eligible for fee waiver.
Registration fee for SAR members, affiliates and partner network members who have paid the 2014 membership subscription. (Click here to JOIN the network or to PAY subscription now before registering.)
(Note: Invoices for 2014 were sent via email in late January to the institution's primary representative on record. If your institution has paid the invoice, OR is in the process of paying (for example by check or wire transfer), you are eligible for the discount and should proceed with discounted registration. If you have questions about your institution's primary representative or status, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject "Registration question".)
Registration fee for non-members (and members, affiliates and partner network members who have not paid their 2014 membership subscription).
Discounted registration fee for faculty and staff from event hosts UvA, HvA and VU and all students. (Covering costs of space and meals, including celebration dinner. A valid faculty, staff or student ID required on arrival.)
Fee waived for invited SAR scholars, speakers and guests.
"COURAGE TO THINK" CELEBRATIONonly, including performance of the Courage to Think Monologues based on the stories of scholars assisted by the global SAR network. The celebration is open to the public, but space is limited.
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Step 4: Confirmation
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