Mapping Historical Dialogue

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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 challenges advocates of historical dialogue face are 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.

Project Authors and Developers

  • 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
  • Ariella Lang, Associate Dean (Columbia University)
  • Sandra Paunksniene, Assistant Director, Institute for the Study of Human Rights (Columbia University)
    Past Contributors:
  • Ulrike Capdepon Busies, Researcher (Columbia University)
  • Jessica Taylor Dalton, Researcher (Columbia University)
  • Carla De Ycaza, Researcher (Columbia University)
  • Dimitris Kousouris, Assistant Professor (University of Vienna)
  • Jill Strauss, Assistant Professor, Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts Department (Borough of Manhattan Community College)

We welcome institutional and individual collaboration on this project!

If you would like to become an affiliated organization (Affiliated organizations refer to institutions who have a formally established collaboration, the focus of which will be defined and determined by the institutions themselves) or an affiliated researcher (Affiliated researchers are regular contributors to the map who are committed to developing the project and who commit a significant amount of time to the project and its goals) please e-mail us!

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