Mapping Historical Dialogue
Welcome to the Mapping Historical Dialogue Project! 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.
Please send us an e-mail if you have questions, problems or comments concerning the map’s usage and/or the information displayed on the map (locations, projects, conflicts, dates, etc.). We are very interested in your feedback and want to make this map as useful as possible. Many questions can be answered immediately by visiting our FAQs. Also, please contribute to the map! And many thanks to the team that made this possible!
Do you want to map a project, but you’re not sure it’s relevant? Have more questions about historical dialogue projects in general? Check out our short questionnaire about the field.
- Elazar Barkan, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Director of the Human Rights Concentration and Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (Columbia University)
- Chris Cardinal, IT consultant and web developer
- Ulrike Capdepon Busies, Researcher (Columbia University)
- Jessica Taylor Dalton, Researcher (Columbia University)
- Dimitris Kousouris, Assistant Professor (University of Vienna)
- Ariella Lang, Associate Director, Institute for the Study of Human Rights and Lecturer, Department of History (Columbia University)
- Jill Strauss, Assistant Professor, Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts Department (Borough of Manhattan Community College)