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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News and Activity Updates:

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. The Call for Papers can be found here. 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