MHDP – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Q: What constitutes a project?

A: The goal of the MHDP is to identify initiatives relating to historical dialogue in conflict and post-conflict societies. It seeks to map a broad range of existing stakeholders, memory projects and civil society initiatives who are engaged in historical dialogue in its various manifestations (civil society, academia, artistic…) to document the relevance of historical narrative to respond to drivers of conflict or as a means of conflict transformation.

Q: What kind of projects will be rejected from the MHDP?

A: Projects that aren’t deemed relevant to Historical Dialogue or are antithetical to its goals (that is, that contribute to nationalist or racist rhetoric) will not be accepted.

Q: How do I create an Abstract?

A: The Abstract is a synopsis of the project. Please, provide a short (up to 150 words) description of the process, organization and specific work of the project and the historical context it refers to. Please bear in mind that your abstract will need to describe the broader thematic and the specific scope of your entry.

Q: How are projects evaluated/info verified?

A: New entries will be moderated in order to control validity before they appear on the digital map. Records will be checked by a member of the team for accuracy and relevance to historical dialogue mechanisms. While historical dialogue is a broad and interdisciplinary approach, its aim is to engage the memory of past violence in order to develop mechanisms of acknowledgement and reciprocal recognition.

Q: Do you accept feedback about projects that are listed?

A: Yes! The project is based on a crowdsourcing model, and feedback, concerns, objections or praise about projects listed is most welcome!

Q: How can I get involved?

A: We hope that you will consider contributing your time, energy, and knowledge towards the creation of the MHDP database by identifying possible entries of relevant projects and memory initiatives and submitting them through the online submission form. Additionally, we are looking for permanent collaborators. If you wish to form part of our team as a local contributor for a specific country/region or conflict, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Q: My project falls into multiple categories, so why is only one category color displayed on the map?

A: Sadly, this is a limitation of a visual digitization project. If we exhibited all colors, the map would become very difficult to use. However, when the user clicks on the project pin, all categories will be listed. In addition, you are able to have the color of the project pin reflect the category that is most central to the project. Check out the submission page for further instructions!

Q: My project involves more than one geographical location. How do I map it?

A: If your project involves more than one city, region, or other geographical location, please map it by identifying the base location of the sponsoring organization, or the location that you deem most central to the project.

Q: My project is online and does not have a physical location/base. How do I map it?

A: As a mapping visualization, we need to be able to identify your project geographically. Please indicate the location that you deem most central to the project for such a project.

Q: Is it possible to map a project that has not yet begun, or that is still in the process of being executed?

A: We welcome projects in all stages of development. The requirement, however, is that these projects have some sort of online presence to which we can direct people interested in learning more about them.

Q: Is it possible to map a project if I can’t find all the information required on the project submission form?

A: While it is preferred that information is filled in for all fields, we understand that some details are not readily available on project websites. When unable to find information, please enter N/A.

As in the case of all project submissions, a member from the team will review the submission for usefulness, accuracy and relevance.

Q: The form isn’t working, what do I do?

A: If you are experiencing technical difficulties related to the online submission form, the map, or the website, please contact us at

Q: I still have questions. Whom do I contact?

A: If you have any further questions, we encourage you to provide us feedback about the website or the MHD project. You can either write us an e-mail at, or use the online contact form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.