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.