Professor Azra Akšamija to Help Launch Future Heritage Lab Satellite Hub in Al Azraq Refugee Camp | MIT J-WEL

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Professor Azra Akšamija to Help Launch Future Heritage Lab Satellite Hub in Al Azraq Refugee Camp


Associate Professor Azra Akšamija, Art, Culture & Technology Program, MIT Department of Architecture, helped launch the Future Heritage Lab (FHL):

The FHL explores creative responses to conflict and crisis through artistic collaborations across borders, culturally sensitive design and experiments in cultural preservation. In the context of the humanitarian crisis, the lab develops projects at the intersection of art, culture and technology to address the emotional, cultural, and practical needs of communities in threat. Since its launch in 2015, FHL has implemented five large-scale participatory global art projects; developed three MIT graduate courses; and established a global network of collaborators in the arts, education and humanitarian aid.

Now FHL is in the process of launching its satellite hub in the Al Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. This space is produced in collaboration with local artists, designers and academics from Amman and from the Al Azraq camp. The objective is to advance the education of refugees and MIT and German-Jordanian University (GJU) students through multi-directional knowledge exchange, foster a better understanding between cultures, and advance the competencies of humanitarian aid from the perspective of art and design. Read more. 

Professor Akšamija was one of the first awardees of the J-WEL Grants in Higher Education Innovation for her project, “Culturally Sensitive Design: Art and Innovation in the Refugee Camp.” She will be working with J-WEL members on refugee issues, as well as discussing some of her own work, at our upcoming J-WEL Week next month. In collaboration with Community Jameel, J-WEL works with members to support refugee education worldwide, including with Save the Children in Amman, Jordan.