Research Centers and Educational Programs

Collaborative research at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Credit Randi L. Aho
Collaborative research at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Credit Randi L. Aho

Research Centers

All Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion

The Center for the Study of Public Opinion is a research center dedicated to market research within Russia.

The Archival Platform

The Archival Platform is a non-profit initiative established under the auspices of the University of Cape Town and the Nelson Mandela Foundation to play a catalytic role in the way in which practitioners, theorists and the general public think about the archive and the ways in which archiving is practiced in South Africa.

Arnold Bergsrtaesser Institute

The Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute (ABI) is an independent, non-profit institute for social research. Since its founding in 1960, the institute has conducted in-depth research on the social, cultural and political landscapes of countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Association for Historical Dialogue and Research

ADHR’s programs are directed towards education and the teaching of history in the Eastern Mediterranean; ADHR works on cross cultural intersectionality  as it creates curricula intended to promote peace and recognition of the past.

Balkin Investigative Reporting Network

BIRN is spread throughout the Balkins, supporting organizations in Albania, Bosnia, Serbia, and several other nations, with programs tailored to individual regions; BIRN’s mission is to support transparent journalism and media throughout the region that was once so plagued by violence and corruption. BIRN helps unite a network of investigative journalists, and aids the organization in creating effective means to train journalists to raise awareness about freedom of expression, and to write publicly about human rights abuses and corruption.

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is the hub of Harvard Kennedy School’s research, teaching, and training in international security and diplomacy, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy.

Carnegie Moscow Centre

The Carnegie Moscow Center was established as a subdivision of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington, DC) and started its activities in 1994. Specialists at the Carnegie Moscow Center produce expert research and nonpartisan analysis independent of government or commercial interests. The Center organizes roundtables, presentations, seminars and conferences on key issues in domestic and foreign policy, international relations, international security and the economy. These events draw participants from across the Russian political spectrum and from Moscow’s media and diplomatic communities. The Center has become a recognized leader in nonpartisan political analysis, its staff of Russian and international experts enhanced by the support of the Carnegie Endowment’s Russia and Eurasia Program in Washington.

The Center for Interdisciplinary Memory Research

The Center for Interdisciplinary Memory is currently engaged in research on the formation of human memory, on the transmission of memories from one generation to the next, on the long-term effects of collective experiences of violence as well as interdisciplinary methodologies. The CMR is located at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut in Essen, with which it closely cooperates in its research activities and a program of visiting scientists, international workshops and conferences.

Centre for International Governance and Justice 

This Australian Research Council-funded research project aims to analyse the theory and practice of building the structures for democracy and justice after conflict. It is interested in work done by international institutions and also attempts state-building outside of international institutions. A major strand in this project is the potential contribution of international law to a democracy-building enterprise. The project considers the application of regulatory theory to towards devising practical strategies to assist democracy-building. The aims of the project are to:

  • Identify and analyse the elements of the current international legal framework regulating governance and the protection of human rights in post-conflict states
  • Assess the effect of attempts to promote democracy and human rights in a series of case studies
  • Develop new theoretical models for understanding the impact of international law after conflict
  • Elaborate proposals for strengthening the international legal basis of democratic governance and human rights structures.

The Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice

The Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice at SOAS promotes individual and collaborative research projects on the international politics of human rights, aid and humanitarianism, religion, transitional justice, and civil liberties, especially as they relate to conflict and post-conflict situations.

Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies

CMTS seeks to undertake comparative explorations of how memory and its counterpart, forgetting, are represented in Canada and how these approaches compare with other researches, artistic representations and investigations undertaken in other cultural and geographic spaces.

Centre National de la Recherch Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) 

The National Committee for Scientific Research, which reports to the CNRS, brings together bodies composed of approximately 1,000 national and international experts.It brings together forty-one sections and five interdisciplinary commissions covering all CNRS research fields and the Scientific Council of the CNRS and scientific institutes advice. Interdisciplinary sections and committees of the National Committee involved in the recruitment and ensure the evaluation of CNRS researchers. They are also consulted on the creation, renewal and removal of research units. To make their opinions, the sections are based on the feedback of the Agency of evaluation of research and higher education (AERES). In his analysis of the situation and forecasting, the National Committee participates in the development of science policy of the institution.The Scientific Council ensures the coherence of the Centre’s scientific policy and, as such, gives an opinion on policy and on the common principles for assessing the quality of research and researchers

Centre for Popular Memory

The Centre for Popular Memory (CPM) is an oral history based, research, advocacy and archival centre located at the University of Cape Town. The Centre records and disseminates peoples’ stories to expand the democratizing possibilities of public history. The CPM trains students and organizations in oral/ visual history research, theory and forms of public representation; and runs a publicly accessible multi-lingual archive that contains over 3000 hours of audio and video.

Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories

The Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories at the University of Brighton, UK, develops interdisciplinary investigations into the cultural significance of the past for our lived experience, social relationships, politics and identities in the present. Its work explores the relations between powerful or official narratives about the past and those which give expression to subordinate, marginalised and neglected historical experience. The complex interconnections between present, past and future, and questions of memory, understood as a cultural, political and psychological process, are among our main concerns. CRMNH facilitates engagement between academic scholarship in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and the work of creative practitioners, community and political activists, and other professional stakeholders involved in making histories, in representing the past, and in producing forms of remembrance and commemoration. War, political violence and ‘post-conflict’ legacies are among our central concerns.

Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation 

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) was initially launched in January 1989 under the name of the Project for the Study of Violence. The CSVR has since expanded to become a multi-disciplinary unit, engaging the services of sociologists, psychologists, criminologists, social workers, lawyers, educationalists, historians, etc. – all under one roof.The CSVR is a multi-disciplinary institute concerned with policy formation, implementation, service delivery, education and training, as well as providing consultancy services. So although the centre functions with many different departments as outlined here, its strength lies in being able to harness the different skills and expertise from the different departments into delivering a comprehensive and integrated service to organisations and the community. The CSVR also operates its own Trauma Clinic providing counselling services for both victims and perpetrators of violence. As such, in its fields of violence, reconciliation and conflict management, and in its ability to integrate many different disciplines in this field, the CSVR is unique in the world.

Centre for Transitional Justice

The Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction was established in late 2009.  It brings together experts from across the Western community whose teaching and research focuses on issues including reconciliation, criminal accountability, post-colonial legacies, legal reconstruction, the environment, human rights, economic justice, healing circles, democratization, and more.

Comisión Provinicial de la Memoria de Cordóba 

The Provincial Commission is both an archival center and a research center focused on public memory of the Dirty War in Argentina.

Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnicas (National Scientific and Technical Research Council) 

The National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) is the main organization in charge of the promotion of Science and Technology in Argentina.  The principal objective of this agency is to boost and implement scientific and technical activities in the country and in all different fields of knowledge. This institution has its own researchers and professionals. Thus, CONICET offers different grants and finances projects, institutions and national research centres in all parts of the country.

Dokumentationsarchiv des österreichischen Widerstandes

The Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance documents resistors, survivors, testimony, and the lives of victims of the Nazi rise in Europe. The Center has exhibitions, research resources, archives, and an educational program for young adults.

Eugenics and Restorative Justice. The Politics of Reparations for Involuntary Sterilization in Germany, the Czech Republic and Norway

The focus of this project  lies on the question of whether and how democratic societies such as Norway, Germany and the Czech Republic deal with the biopolitical foundations of eugenic sterilisation programms of their past, particularly on the politico-social dynamics that foster or impede processes of coming to terms with the past and the implementation of reparations.

Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg (Research Center for Contemporary History in Hamburg)

The Research Centre for Contemporary History in Hamburg (FZH) conducts research into the twentieth century with a particular focus on the history of Hamburg and Northern Germany. Through books, essays, lectures and conferences, the FZH makes available the results of its research projects to the academic community and the general public. Operating since 1997 as a foundation under private law supported by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, it has additionally been a research facility at the University of Hamburg since 2000. The director of the FZH holds a professorship at the History Department of the University.

Hafiza Merkezi

Hafiza Merkezi collects testimony and evidence of past human rights abuses in Turkey, especially focusing on the plight of the Armenian Turks and the Kurdish people. The organization currently focuses on the developing conflict between the Turkish government and the Kurdish community.

Hamburger Institut für Sozialfurschung (Hamburger Institute for Social Research)

The centerpiece of the Institute’s activities, however, is research. Research at the Institute is committed to dialogue in the humanities, in particular, and is not restricted to one academic discipline. Scholars from the humanities and social sciences work together under one roof on projects in empirical social research, historical analysis, and theory-building in the social sciences. Transdisciplinary exchange and each scholar’s own field of interest form the basis for research. Individual research projects and a number of conferences and lectures are carried out in collaboration with other German and European institutions. The Institute receives outside funding for some of these projects. Scholars present their projects and research findings to the public in articles, books, conferences, lectures, lecture series, and exhibitions. Important forums for academic publications and debate are the Institute’s journal, Mittelweg 36, and the Hamburger Edition publishing company.

Indian Council of Social Research

The ICSR’s objectives are to further the field of social research through fellowships and scholarships, give technical training in the collection of data, and to develop databases and ways to share social science around the world.

Indonesian Institute of Social History

ISSI was formed in 2003, aims to promote research in the social history in Indonesia, particularly through the method of oral history. The researchers actively participated in various seminars on oral history in various places, also doing oral history research, among others, the women’s organization, the Chinese community, the community of industrial workers and whiz. In addition, they also expressed their research in various scientific conferences and published the results of his research in various journals. As part of the program of activities, ISSI care of archival sound that comes from oral history research. ISSI also has a library that holds 4,200 titles of books, papers and magazines that most of them come from the private collection of a number of individuals.

Indonesian Institute of Social Research

The IISR is a world-class science institution in the research, development and use of science to improve the nation’s competitiveness. It aims to create inventions of science that can encourage innovation in order to improve the economic competitiveness of the nation; Develop useful knowledge for the conservation and sustainable utilization of resources; Increase international recognition in the field of science; and Improve the quality of Indonesian human resources through scientific activities.

Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities was established in 1969 to promote interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Since its foundation more than 1000 scholars from 66 countries have held Institute fellowships; and up to 25 Fellows are in residence at any one time. Housed in a secluded 18th-century courtyard overlooking the Meadows, the Institute is adjacent to most centres of University activity.

Institute for Applied History

Operating from the German-Polish border, the Institute for Applied History fosters exchange on historical perceptions in Europe. It conducts projects and research addressing sensitive issues of memory culture with a particular emphasis on regions shaped by borders. The notion of »Applied History« refers to a specific approach taken by the Institute in which civil action regarding historical topics is a central issue. The Institutes activities are comprised within the following fields of activity: European Remembrance, German-Polish Borderlands and Applied History. Working from our offices at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), the Institute also runs the programme »Geschichtswerkstatt Europa« (History Workshop Europe) for the Foundation »Remembrance, Responsibility and Future« (EVZ). For further information see:

Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) was the first academic center in the world to be founded on an interdisciplinary commitment to the study of human rights. ISHR’s distinction is also earned through its active engagement with the world of human rights practitioners. This engagement informs the academic work of Columbia’s faculty while simultaneously challenging activists to assess and evaluate their approaches to human rights in the light of academic findings. ISHR continues to be a leader in bridging the academic study of human rights and the worlds of advocacy and public policy. ISHR’s global connections are especially strong with advocates in the Global South, predominantly through the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP), and with practitioners whose work focuses dealing with the past and historical dialogue. To this end, the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Program (AHDA) has a unique fellowship program and other projects that play a central role in conflict transformation mechanism.

Instituto de Estudios Estrategicos e Internacionais (Institute for Strategic and International Studies) 

The Institute is  a University Institute of the Catholic University of Valencia “San Vicente Mártir” which aims at the development and dissemination of research on issues related to the Strategy and International Relations from different perspectives, such as social, economic, security or policy.

Institute d’Histoire du Temps Présent (Institute of History of the Present Time)

The IHTP is a clean Centre National du Recherch Social unit which works on the history of war in the twentieth century, authoritarian domination systems, totalitarian or colonial, cultural history of contemporary societies, and finally the epistemology of history This time, understood as singular approach of the relationship between past and present, sensitive to memory, the testimony, the role of historians in the city. The laboratory has a documentation center (library, written and oral archives) specializes in the Second World War, decolonization, oral history. It is the seat of several national and international research networks.

The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation

The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) works with educational and public policy institutions to organize and sponsor historical discourse in the pursuit of acknowledgement, and the resolution of historical disputes. Founded in 2004, the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) is an independent, nonprofit institution based in The Hague that works in partnership with the Salzburg Global Seminar.

Institute of Peruvian Studies

The IPS is a private institution dedicated to the investigation, teaching, and diffusing of social studies about Peru and other Latin American nations. The activities that the IPS takes part in aim to contribute to the economic development of equality, to the strengthening of democratic institutions, and to the recognition of the rich diversity of Peru. IPS is separate from religious activity.

Institute for the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

The Institute for the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution (hereafter 1956 Institute) considers itself primarily the successor of the Imre Nagy Institute of Sociology and Politics, which operated in Brussels between 1959 and 1963, and of other western emigrant organizations and writers that maintained the inheritance of the Hungarian Revolution for more than three decades. In Hungary, the efforts of what was to become the 1956 Institute go back as far as the early 1980s, when participants of the Revolution began to reconstruct and historicize the events of 1956. The history of the Revolution had been and to some extent still is obscured by the distortions, falsifications and obfuscations of the K d r regime. With the help of interviews, memoirs, discussions, and with what documents could be collected, these scholars have attempted to establish a genuine account of the events in Hungary in and around 1956. The Committee for Historical Justice was founded partly with the same purpose in the spring of 1988. The Oral History Archives was established in 1986 with the primary goal of recording as many interviews with figures of the Revolution as possible.

Institute for Security Studies- South Africa

The Institute for Security Studies is an African organisation which aims to enhance human security on the continent. It does independent and authoritative research, provides expert policy advice, and delivers practical training and technical assistance. The vision of the ISS is a peaceful and prosperous Africa for all its people. Our goal is to advance human security in Africa through evidence-based policy advice, technical support and capacity building.

International Center for Transitional Justice

A New York-based research centre that “works to redress and prevent the most severe violations of human rights by confronting legacies of mass abuse.” ICTJ’s research is aimed at providing knowledge and advice to the major stakeholders working on behalf of victims. Though not explicitly designed for academics, the ICTJ website has the latest updates on transitional justice issues and in-depth analyses of specific case studies. Of particular interest to some may be the section on Courses and Fellowships as the centre offers a range of courses and fellowships for academics and students.

International interdisciplinary research group: Damnatio memoriae – Deformation and Counter-construction of memory in History Art and Literature

The international interdisciplinary research group, Damnatio memoriae – Deformation and Counter-construction of memory in History, Art and Literature is part of the History Department at the Zurich University. It aims to bring together researchers of different disciplines and fields and represents the first platform of its kind for scientific trans-disciplinary exchange. The main aim of the research group will be the scientific effort to find new approaches to the phenomenon of deformation and counter-construction of memory in history, art and literature. Above that, it aims to clarify the terminology of individual disciplines, combine and reflect various approaches and continue the development of methods on adequate material. The resulting concepts will lead to a new understanding of active forgetting within the theoretical debate of memory-studies as an important field of cultural sciences.

Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Historische Sozialwissenschaft (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Historical Social Sciences)

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Historical Social Science (LBIHS) is a research institute of the Ludwig Boltzmann Society . The LBIHS was founded in 1982 in cooperation with the Institute of History at the University of Salzburg Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Botz founded and is on the 1998 University of Vienna settled. The research on LBIHS be of permanent and temporary staff carried out and in cooperation with other research institutions.The LBIHS sees itself as a research institute. In distance to the oft-cited academic ivory tower, but also to any direct social and political enslavement the LBIHS tries to contribute to a scientific analysis of present and past societies. At the institute and are diverse works and projects anchored. However, they have in common is firstly a thematic framework defined by the institute’s own research fields is determined, and secondly the desire innovative social, cultural and historical scientific programs to use, methods and concepts for the explanation and description of historical phenomena.

Memory at War

“Memory at War” is an international collaborative project investigating the cultural dynamics of the ‘memory wars’ currently raging in Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Employing a collaborative methodology grounded in the analytical and critical practices of the humanities, the project seeks to explore how public memory of twentieth-century traumas mediates the variety of ways in which East European nations develop in post-socialist space.

Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspectives (MELA)

Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspectives (MELA)  is a four-nation, EU-sponsored consortium gathered to examine memory laws throughout Europe and the world, organised with the generous support of a major HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) grant totalling over € 1.2 million, awarded in March 2016.

NIOD, instituut voor oorlogs-, holocaust- en genocidestudies (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies)

The scope of the NIOD covers the 20th and 21th centuries. The central question of the impact of wars, the Holocaust and other genocides on individuals and society. The NIOD collects, preserves, and presents unlocks archives and collections of WWII available, carries out research and publishes, provides information to government agencies and individuals, promotes and organizes debates and activities of war and processes that underlie them.

The Politics of Building Peace

The aim of The Politics of Building Peace is to analyse under which conditions  peace building tools, transitional justice, reconciliation initiatives and unification policies consolidate sustainable peace after violent, civil conflict. Through asking what politics operate behind these tools and if, and how, they change the relationship between the parties to the conflict from antagonism to acceptance; it contributes to the discipline of peace studies and is categorized under critical or post-positive approaches.

Remembering the Future

This program is interested in memory as a work, an activity, that can bring the past into the present in ways that help us imagine new possibilities for the futures we are in the process of making.  It explores the intersection of narrative and traumatic memory and identity through the theoretical frameworks of feminist psychoanalytic theory and cultural studies.  Focusing on trauma as a social affair, its research is interested in the relationship between the individual and society, between personal identity, experience, and memory and public institutions, ideologies, and narratives.

Reverberations of War in Germany and Europe since 1945

This collaborative project analyses reverberations of the Second World War across Europe through the Cold War and beyond. It hopes to shed new light on the complex legacies of war for generations of Europeans, and, through coordinated in-depth studies, develop a new theoretical approach. It is generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for the period 2010-2014. “Reverberations of war” are complex and multi-faceted, not always adequately captured by a concentration on ‘collective memory’. This project focuses on four inter-related themes, selected because each intrinsically connects a later present to a difficult past: reckoning, reconciliation, reconstruction and representation. These are often in some tension with one another: a search for ‘reckoning’, for example, may preclude openness to overtures of reconciliation. Each of these terms implies – despite the linguistic connotations of ‘return’ – an attempt to build anew out of the ruins, under changed later circumstances. Such attempts are colored by later social, political, and also emotional and cultural contexts, in which imaginative engagements in film and literature play a powerful role in shaping aspirations and perceptions; hence the involvement of literary scholars as well as historians in the project. The project challenges collective memory approaches that assume lines of continuity between earlier “communities of experience” and later “communities of remembrance.” By contrast, it seeks to explore the relationships between “communities of experience” and later “communities of identification,” which may not be closely related to communities of origin. The focus also shifts from the nation state “container” of remembrance practices to a comparative and trans-national European level of shifting identifications.  Inter-disciplinary collaboration with colleagues across Europe, including a series of informal workshops and international conferences form part of the program.

Unit for Global Justice, Goldsmiths

The Research Unit for Global Justice studies the legal and ethical implications of contemporary global social change. The Unit aims to bring together researchers and practitioners concerned with changing social and technical forms and it’s implications for how we understand justice, ethics, and law in the new global world.

Utrikespolitiska Institutet (Foreign Policy Institute) 

Foreign Policy Institute’s mission is to deepen and enrich the foreign policy discourse by promoting interest and broaden the knowledge of foreign policy issues. It makes the institution through research , events, and participation in the media . With its own publications, the UI blog, participation in international networks and the Anna Lindh Library contributes UI to the dissemination of knowledge about international politics and relations in other countries.

Warwick Centre for Memory Studies

Brings together scholars across the different fields such as media and cultural studies, sociology, history, law and scientists particularly in the fields of psychology and computer science for the study of memory. Responsible for the Journal Memory Studies. See this YouTube clip for an introduction to the Centre and its interdisciplinary aims.

Yuri Levada Analytical Center

The Yuri Levada Analytical Center, a NED grantee based in Moscow, is an independent polling agency that is well-known for its surveys on sociopolitical issues both within Russia and worldwide. The Center is named for its founder Yuri Levada (1930–2006), a well-known Russian sociologist who had a reputation for telling the authorities things they would rather ignore. In 1969, Levada was stripped of his professorship for “ideological errors,” and he went into semi-retirement until 1987, whenperestroika provided enough breathing room for him start the polling organization VTsIOM. Its research soon became a trusted resource in Russia’s civic debate during the turbulent 1990s.

Educational Institutions and Programs

The Archival Platform

The Archival platform is a civil society initiative committed to deepening democracy through the use of memory and archives as dynamic public resources.

The Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation

The CSVR is a South Africa-based “multi-disciplinary institute involved in policy formation, community interventions, service delivery, education and training” concerning issues of democracy and human rights in Africa. Its website has a notable publication section that provides links to the Center’s research publications. Topics deal with issues such as police violence, restorative justice, gender-based violence, peace building, etc.

 Center for Urban History of East Central Europe

The CUHECE hosts seminars and workshops for educators, historical photo and map exhibitions, as well as documentaries and a lecture series

Centro de Estudios Judiciales del Uruguay (Center for Legal Studies of Uruguay)

CEJU is an educational organization that helps connect and train students intent on a career in Uruguay’s judicial system.

Courses that Address Transitional Justice and Related Themes, Compiled by David Backer

This is a list of courses from various universities that concern transitional justice and related issues. Although outdated (last updated in 2006), it links to various course outlines with useful references.

Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom (German Historical Institute in Rome)

Founded in 1888, The German Historical Institute in Rome, the oldest of historical foreign institutes in the Federal Republic, is the exploration of the Italian and German history in a European context, from the early Middle Ages to the recent past.The Institute has a music history department whose area of work is the relationship between the German and Italian music, their historical conditions and its impact on Europe.

Documenta: Center for Dealing with the Past

Founded in 2003, Documenta works against the suppression and falsification of the history of war crimes and other war incidents between 1941–2000 which affected the newer history of both Yugoslavia and post-Yugoslav countries. Documenta seeks to intensify and deepen public dialogue on dealing with the past, documents facts on war events, conducts oral history, develops new ways of teaching Yugoslav history from 1941-2000 in high schools and universities and shapes commemorative cultures.

The George Mason University Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

ICAR is an academic institute that runs certificate, undergraduate, and postgraduate programs in Conflict and Resolution. Its website not only contains information for prospective students, but also links to research and news items produced by the institute’s staff. Note the “ICAR in the News” and “ICAR Publications” sections.

Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

This inter-disciplinary program has strengths in the history of anti-Semitism, Nazism, and the Holocaust as well as memory and representation of genocide and trauma, the program provides a platform for cutting-edge research, teaching, and public engagement.

International Institute for Asian Studies

IIAS uses culture and art to analyze collective memory, as well as Asian cities, Asian heritage, and the global influence of Asia on the world. Its work focuses on the effects of mass violence in Indonesia on the nation’s artistic and cultural identities.

Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center

KAIPTC seeks to become the leading and preferred international Centre for training, education and research in African peace and security. KAIPTC provides globally-recognised capacity for international actors on African peace and security through training, education and research to foster peace and stability in Africa

Living History Forum

The Living History Forum is a Swedish public authority which, using the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity as a starting point, works with issues on tolerance, democracy and human rights. This is a great challenge and our specific mission. We use actual historical events to help people reflect on the age we live in. The past and the present are continuously present in everything we do, which teaches us to see patterns. We want to equip people with knowledge for the future, our goal is to strengthen the will to work for equal values for all and to work for everyone’s equal value – to listen, understand and act. Through excellent contacts in the world of research, with people involved in education, voluntary organizations and other stakeholders we acquire knowledge that we manage, package and pass on. In order to give ourselves and others better opportunities to understand the age we live in we also carry out attitude surveys. Through contacts with teachers and other experts within education, for whom we arrange training courses etc, we develop methods and tools for reaching our key target group: youngsters.

Memorial Research and Information Center- St. Petersburg

Research and Information Centre Memorial (Saint Petersburg) was founded in 1990 on the wave of perestroika as a research centre and historical archive, and is part of the International Memorial network. It is also an education centre and runs interrelated historical, educational and human rights programmes.

New School of Social Research Interdisciplinary Memory Group

The NSSR Interdisciplinary Memory Group brings together leading scholars and graduate students with the aim breaking new ground for their specific disciplines, as well as for the memory discourse in general. The group has hosted annual conferences on memory since 2008.

NZ Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice
Located at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Law, the Centre has been established to examine human rights in a changing world. It aims to support discussion between academia, civil society, the legal profession and policy makers on human rights topics, domestically and internationally.

Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (AAS) is Austria’s central body for science and research. Founded in 1847 as a learned society in Vienna, the academy has now more than 750 members and more than 1,300 employees for a limitless exchange of knowledge, innovative basic research and overall social progress.

Right to Truth, Truth(s) through Rights: Mass Crimes Impunity and Transitional Justice

The research project addresses the following question: if in the framework of transitional justice the right to truth constitutes the first pillar of the “fight against impunity” for mass crimes, and supposes a state obligation to investigate, what meaning and what function does it have in contexts of a priori irreversible impunity ? How is this right guaranteed and implemented when criminal justice is not accessible due to, for example, the maintenance of amnesty laws, state denial, systematic practices for the disappearance of bodies, or, simply, the death of those responsible?

The project focuses on the treatment of testimonial, documentary and corporal (human remains) traces, which play a decisive role in the materialization of the right to truth outside the scope of criminal law. By questioning the reach of the right to truth in connection to these remains, this interdisciplinary research offers a holistic approach that will renew the understanding of justice in the face of extreme violence. In so doing, the project will also reflect, more generally, on the relationship between law, history and science in the handling of mass crimes. Beyond its scientific value, the research will produce an important database, which will be useful, from a practical point of view, to a community of political, legal and grassroots actors.

Project “Right to Truth, Truth(s) through Rights: Mass Crimes Impunity and Transitional Justice”, led under the supervision of Prof. Sévane Garibian, hosted by the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF Grant 2016-2020).

Spanish National Research Council

This education center focuses on educating the public and youth in Spain about scientific research and investigations on new technology.

United States Institute of Peace

The United States Institute of Peace works to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict around the world. USIP does this by engaging directly in conflict zones and by providing analysis, education, and resources to those working for peace. Created by Congress in 1984 as an independent, nonpartisan, federally funded organization, USIP’s more than 300 staff work at the Institute’s D.C. headquarters, and on the ground in the world’s most dangerous regions.

Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) encourages excellence and inclusivity. We unite people through sport and culture to ensure a creative and active Western Cape. We bind our communities as a strong and unified nation and create opportunities through funding and collaboration.

Youth for Peace 

YFP engages Cambodian youth with team building activities, community service, and lessons on peacebuilding and peacemaking while educating young people about Cambodia’s history of violence. YFP both memorializes and shapes the collective memory of Khmer Rouge rule, while rebuilding a community still torn by the atrocities committed

Zentrum für Militargeschichtliches für Schungsamt (Institute for the Study of Military and Social History)

This center seeks to educate the public with seminars and classes on German and European military and social history, examining how the two fit together in modern history.