New Online Resource Maps Historical Dialogue Projects Worldwide

The Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network, hosted by the Columbia University-based Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability, presents a new online tool that maps initiatives dealing with historical justice and memory.

“The Historical Dialogue Mapping Project seeks to better understand how the engagement of the memory of conflict can be used as an opportunity to develop mechanisms of acknowledgment and reciprocal recognition. Using a crowdsourcing model, the map seeks to collect and visualize projects that engage in historical dialogue work. The information gathered enables 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.”

The Historical Dialogues Network asks visitors to contribute to the map by submitting projects and initiatives. Please visit their website for more information.

Professional Opportunity: 2016 AHDA Fellowship 

The 2016 Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) Fellowship Program is now open. The AHDA Fellowship is a unique opportunity for practitioners who are interested and engaged in historical dialogue work to participate in both training and academic study at Columbia University. Fellows have included representatives of civil society organizations, journalists, filmmakers, teachers and artists. This year, Lebanese Association for History Secretary General Nayla Hamadeh completed her fellowship at AHDA, focusing on historical dialogue and the sensitive past. The Fellowship seeks to build a network of historical dialogue advocates, to foster a dynamic academic environment for Fellows to initiate and develop new projects, and to facilitate discussion about the past in their respective societies. Read more about the programme.

The deadline for applications is 29 February, 2016. For more information, visit the AHDA page.

Lebanese Association for History at the Alliance for Historical Dialogue, Columbia University

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Nayla Hamadeh, Secretary General of the Lebanese Association for History (LAH), is currently participating in the Alliance for Historical Dialogue (AHDA) fellowship program that is part of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. The program has three components: professional training through workshops on historical dialogue and project design on how to deal with the past; networking meetings; and an academic component through courses at Columbia.

Nayla’s focus is on the 1975 – 1990 Lebanese civil war with particular attention to the role and impact of memory of past violence on Lebanon’s contemporary politics, society and culture. The focus questions of her study are: How can we establish historical dialogue about that sensitive past? How can we bring memories to surface? How can we face that past and move along? Nayla is currently working on an oral history project to bring back with her to Lebanon to address memory of the mountain war of 1983 – 1984. She is also designing a research project to bring together narratives of the war.