Etymologically, exile is a punishment: because of a war, a fault, or political convictions, people are banished from their homeland. Its violence is inscribed in many foundational myths of human civilizations, premodern or modern. Grounded in concrete and harsh realities of danger, persecution and expulsion, exile as a category relates to a certain experienced perspective. Exile always assumes a homeland lost. Exiles themselves, however, are not only displaced in space, but also in time: exile creates an unbridgeable gap between before and after, stopping the flow of life and of history. The exiles then find themselves in what exiled novelist, Lion Feuchtwanger, famously likened to a “waiting room.” Marked by the absence of a linear relationship to time and space, exile leads to a re-actualization and re-territorialization of the world. It is thus not surprising that many key works of literature, theology, historiography, philology, social science and philosophy were written in exile. Yet, its omnipresence notwithstanding, exile remains remarkably under-theorized, and especially its role in the construction of knowledge in the humanities. Participants: Adi Gordon (History), Michael M. Kunichika (Russian), Raphael Sigal (French), Karen Koehler (ARHA), Manuela Picq (Political Science).