top of page
Snímek obrazovky 2022-10-19 v 21_edited.png


Afghan and Ukrainian stories from exile

In July 2022, Williams College sponsored a summer research program

documenting the lives of Afghan and Ukrainian refugees living in Europe.

Students from Williams worked with Afghan students from the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) and Ukrainian students from Central European University.

The Afghan students are now refugees living in different European cities. 

The Ukrainian students left their country to study but now cannot return home. 

They too are now refugees.

After a week of training, the students were divided into seven teams and sent to seven different countries where they spent two weeks meeting, observing, and interviewing refugees displaced by war.


The In Flight film is a partial record of what they saw, what they heard,

and what they experienced.

Sponsoring Institutions:
Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
American University of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan

Central European University

and the Open Society University Network's Threatened Scholar Initiative.

Supporting Institutions:
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Science, Prague, Czech Republic

Faculty Supervisors
Prof. David B. Edwards, Williams College (Director)
Prof. Victoria Fontan, American University of Afghanistan
Prof. Alessandro Monsutti, Graduate Institute
Alzbeta Kovandova Bartonickova, University of Kent

bottom of page