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The Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network provides a platform for researchers and activists working on issues of historical dialogue, historical and transitional justice, and public and social memory. The website provides information and resources to encourage innovative interdisciplinary, transnational and comparative research. It is housed at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, New York City.

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  • The Memorial Wall in San Salvador is an important representation of the still unfinished reconciliation and reunification after El Salvador's civil war. Photo credit: Center for Human Rights, University of Washington.
  • Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre will go on trial in Senegal this month after years of victim testimony. Photo credit: Human Rights Watch.
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News and Activity Updates:

Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice
The 7th annual conference of the Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network

The complete schedule and program for the Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network Annual Conference is now available! This conference is free and open to the public, but you must register in order to attend. To register for the conference, please click here. (Please note that registration does not guarantee you a seat!)

Memory Studies Portal Now Online!
We are delighted to announce the launch of a new memory database! The Memory Studies Portal (MSP) is a bibliography and virtual repository for the growing community of memory scholars. It is a collaborative project of the Memory in the Disciplines initiative at Stony Brook University and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights’ Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability at Columbia University. The MSP responds to two trends, the ongoing consolidation of a field of memory studies and the ongoing debate as to whether memory studies is or should be “interdisciplinary” (involving contributions from scholars from various disciplines within a shared framework), “transdisciplinary” (involving a generative synthesis of disciplinary approaches), or merely “multidisciplinary” (characterized by several parallel, largely independent specialized conversations). This debate provides the opportunity to investigate the relations between disciplines. The MSP bridges disciplinary divides between (and among) the social sciences and the humanities Accordingly, our initiative will allow scholars from disciplines as diverse as sociology, literature, history, psychology, philosophy, political sciences, performance studies and art history to engage in a sustained conversation – and, ideally, to enrich one anothers’ understanding of memory.  Since the MSP is a work in progress its growth also partly depends on your input. We thus encourage scholars/users of the MSP to alert us to bibliographic entries or any other suggestion as to how we can improve and expand the MSP. Please send an email with your thoughts, concerns, and missing/additional items you would like us to upload into the MSP.

Welcome to New Working Paper Series Editors Tim Wyman-McCarthy and Sigrun Schaumburg-Müller!
We are delighted to welcome our new editors for the Network’s Working Paper Series, Tim Wyman-McCarthy and Sigrun Schaumburg-Müller (bios here)! We are deeply appreciative to our outgoing editors, Michelle Bellino and Cathlin Goulding, and wish them continued success in their academic endeavors.  If you are interested in submitting a paper to the series, please e-mail Tim and Sigrun at dialogues@columbia.edu.

Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice
The Network’s 2017 conference will be held December 7-9, 2017, at Columbia University, New York City. We look forward to seeing you in New York!

Edited volume explores the boundaries and definitions of historical dialogue
A special issue of the journal Kritika Kultura will be devoted to the topic of historical dialogue! If you are interested in contributing a paper, please click here. Thank you to the affiliate researchers of the Mapping Historical Dialogue Project (MHDP) who helped develop this Call for Papers!

Invitation to Participate in the Mapping Historical Dialogue Project
The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University invites you, as an expert in your field, to participate in the development of the Mapping Historical Dialogue Project (MHDP). The goal of the MHDP is to establish an online interactive geographical map that addresses mechanisms of contested memory in post conflict countries. The mapping process will document projects addressing the memory of historical violence. Building on a crowdsourcing model, the project will rely on incremental contributions to connect a diverse network of individuals who often do not have access or knowledge of one another’s work. The project is open access, and its scholarship and resources and will be available to a wide community of users. More information about the map can be found here. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at mapping.historical.dialogue@gmail.com.

Mapping Historical Dialogue

Congratulations to the Regional Network for Historical Dialogue and Dealing with the Past (RNHDP) which just completed its seven day training program in Istanbul. Organized by Hafiza Merkezi in cooperation with the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Program (AHDA) at Columbia University and Columbia Global Centers | Turkey, the training program was geared towards civil society professionals working in the MENA and Caucasus region, working on issues including (but not limited to) transitional justice, truth and reconciliation, historical conflict, minority rights, accountability, memory studies, oral history, sites of memory and related areas where historical dialogue is a central component.

Congratulations to Professor Klaus Neumann, Steering Committee member of the Network, and Janna Thompson on their new book, Historical Justice and Memory!

Congratulations to Professor Nanci Adler, Steering Committee member of the Network, on her new appointment!

Congratulations to Alexander Karn, Steering Committee member of the Network, on his new book, Amending the Past: Europe’s Holocaust Commissions and the Right to History!

The Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex, a monument to the roughly 1.5 million Armenians killed, during a commemoration ceremony this April in Yerevan. Credit Kirill Kudryavtsev/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
The Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex, a monument to the roughly 1.5 million Armenians killed, during a commemoration ceremony this April in Yerevan. Credit Kirill Kudryavtsev/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images