‘Crossing Borders’ now in Istanbul

The IHJR is very proud to announce that the Institut Français in Istanbul will launch in partnership with the IHJR a photo exhibition ‘Franchir les Frontrières’ in Istanbul on March 26, 2015.

The exposition is based on the IHJR project ‘Crossing Borders between Turkey and Armenia’, marked by a landmark photo exhibition launched at the City Hall in The Hague in November 2013.

The IHJR and the Institut Français are presenting a visual dialogue between two photographers: Zaven Khachikyan (Armenia) and Mesut Tufan (Turkey) who traveled separately through the borderlands of Turkey and Armenia, documenting the cultures, architecture, and every-day life of its people.

We warmly invite all of you to visit this unique photographic exposition at the Institut Français in Istanbul!

Panel Discussion: From Conflicting Narratives to Peace and Reconciliation in Israel/Palestine

On 4 March, The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, Leiden University and The Hague Institute for Global Justice are hosting Professor Motti Golani, Chair of the International Israel Studies Program of Tel Aviv University, and Dr. Adel Manna, Senior Research Fellow of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, who will present their joint IHJR-publication on peace and reconciliation in Israel/Palestine.

In the Israel and Palestine conflict, history is only rarely used for its potentially transformative role in the peace process. To strengthen the potentially powerful role the study of historical narratives may play in conflict resolution, and to reflect on the contribution played by professional historians and educators the organizers have selected two eminent scholars to discuss their research on the 1948 War, a crucial historical moment for Palestinians and Israelis.

During the event, Professor Motti Golani, Chair of the International Israel Studies Program of Tel Aviv University and Dr. Adel Manna, Senior Research Fellow of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute will present their joint IHJR-publication Two Sides of the Coin: Independence and Nakba 1948 – Two Narratives of the 1948 and its Outcome. Professor André Gerrits, chair of the International Studies Program at Leiden University will moderate the debate. Ambassador Nikola Dimitrov, Distinguished Fellow at The Hague Institute, will provide an introduction.

4 March 2015 – 16:00 to 17:30

The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Sophialaan 10, The Hague

Register for this event here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/panel-discussion-from-conflicting-narratives-to-peace-and-reconciliation-in-israelpalestine-tickets-15892674417?aff=erellivorg

 

IHJR Scholars visiting Leiden

Side-event photo ISSA interviews Dino

IHJR is proud to announce that the course it has co-organised with the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University on ‘Collective Memory: A Shared Historical Narrative in Reconciliation’ was successfully launched on February 2, 2015.

The purpose of this course is to offer MA students in International Relations a multiperspective approach both from an academic and a practitioners’ perspective on selected conflict and post-conflict situations.

This semester, the regions  studied are the Former Republic of Yugoslavia and its successor states, Israel-Palestine and Aceh.

Over the past two weeks,  IHJR’ s guest scholars: Prof. Mitja Velikonja from the University of Ljubljana, Dr. Dino Abazović from Sarajevo University, and Dr. Efrat Ben-Ze’ev, Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute at Hebrew University,  have shared their academic expertise and insider’s knowledge from their regions.

In addition to the curriculum of the course, IHJR and  the International Studies Student Association of Leiden University have organized a side event on the 10th of February. Prof. Mitja Velikonja and Ties Schelfhout from IHJR made a presentation  respectively  on retro and nostalgic phenomena in Slovenian music and on IHJR’s cultural project of photographic exhibition ‘Crossing Borders Between Armenia and Turkey’.

On February 12, IHJR and Leiden University held a public debate with Prof. Mitja Velikonja, Dr. Dino Abazović, Dr. Efrat Ben-Ze’ev and moderated by Prof. André Gerrits on ‘From Divided Memories to Reconciliation, Transformation in the Western Balkans and the Middle East’. It was followed by a lively discussion with the audience, which included several ambassadors and many students and scholars.

In March the lectures will be given by Prof. Motti Golani , Dr. Adel Manna, Ambassador Pieter Feith (Previously Head of the EU-led Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) in Indonesia) and Judge Koffi Affandé ( ICTY).

On the 4th of March, IHJR, Leiden University and The Hague Institute for Global Justice are co-organizing a public event on the theme of the conflicting historical narratives in Israel-Palestine. IHJR’s guest scholars  and authors of the book ‘Two Sides of the Coin: Independence and Nakba 1948 – Two Narratives of the 1948 and its Outcome’. Prof. Motti Golani (Chair International Israel Studies Program Tel Aviv University, Israel) and Dr. Adel Manna (Former Director of the Academic Institute for Arab Teacher Training at Beit Berl College and current Senior Research Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute) will lead the discussion under the chairmanship of Professor André Gerrits.

 

IHJR’s First Leiden Debate on ‘From Divided Memories to Reconciliation, Transformation in the Western Balkans and the Middle East’

The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation and Leiden University are pleased to invite you to attend the panel discussion ‘From Divided Memories to Reconciliation, Transformation in the Western Balkans and the Middle East’

Today, in the Western Balkans and Middle East, unresolved historical legacies are major obstacles to reconciliation. A panel of three renowned scholars from Israel, Bosnia Hercegovina and Slovenia will provide an analysis and their fresh perspectives on reconciliation in their region.

The event will take place February 12 from 16:00 to 17:30 at the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University – Lipsius Room 003 (located at Cleveringaplaats 1, 2300 RA Leiden)

Panel Members:

The panel will be chaired by Professor André Gerrits, Chair of International Studies, Leiden University.

Efrat Ben-Ze’ev, Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University, Israel

Mitja Velikonja, Professor for Cultural Studies and head of Center for Cultural and Religious Studies, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dino Abazović, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

We look forward to seeing you the 12th of February!

Timothy Ryback Delivers Lecture at Ghent University

On the 3rd of November, IHJR founder and Executive Committee member Timothy Ryback gave a talk at Ghent University on ‘Constructing Shared Narratives: The Politics and Practice of Historical Reconciliation’ as part of the university’s Thinking About the Past (TAPAS) lecture series.

You can find more information about the lecture series here.

 

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