Columbia University: Mapping Historical Dialogue

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EUROM collaborates as an affiliated organization in this  project by Columbia University’s Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA), of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) in New York. 

Mapping Historical Dialogue

Too often, conflict resolution and conflict transformation projects ignore the past relations between stakeholders and the memory of the violent past as an independent constitutive element of the conflict. The challenge advocates of historical dialogue face is to transform the history of a conflict from a liability to a resource in conflict resolution — to imagine the engagement of the memory of past conflicts as an opportunity to develop mechanisms of acknowledgment and reciprocal recognition.

This mapping seeks to visualize projects that engage in this work. The map relies on a crowdsourcing model that enables users to report on work being done in the field. The information gathered here is not only descriptive; it enables all users to more fully understand the impact that the memory of sectarian and national violence has on contemporary politics and to establish the norms of the field of historical dialogue. In so doing, the project aims to more fully understand how this knowledge facilitates work towards conflict transformation, reconciliation, peacebuilding, and democracy promotion, particularly in post-conflict countries.

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