Summer School on Historical Dialogue and Dealing with the Past


The Regional Network on Historical Dialogue and Dealing with the Past (RNHDP) organized a week-long Summer School for civil society professionals, held  on June 8-16, 2015, in Istanbul’s Bogazici University.

The participants came from the MENA region and the Caucasus, working on areas like dealing with the past, minority rights, memory studies and oral history. The program was organized by Memory Center, in cooperation with Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Program (AHDA) and Columbia University / Columbia Global Centers | Turkey.

Practitioners of historical dialogue, accountability, transitional justice, peace-building had the opportunity to engage in training, networking, and capacity building. The one-week program provided participants from Lebanon, Armenia, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, Palestine, Tunisia, Algeria with the opportunity to hone practical and conceptual skills to develop a deeper understanding of dealing with the past, and to foster mutually beneficial relationships with their peers and with international and non-profit organizations.


June 9 Historical Dialogue  Elazar Barkan
June 9 Contemporary Perceptions of Transitional Justice: Four Pillars or Cement Binding the Foundation? Refik Hodzic
June 9 Truth Commissions: Contributions and Challenges Refik Hodzic
June 10 Oral History, Truth Seeking and Gender Özgür Sevgi Göral
June 10 Archiving, Documentation and the case of Ex-Yugoslavia Marijana Toma
June 11 Historical Commissions  Elazar Barkan
June 11 Designing Museums, Memorials, and Exhibits Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
June 12 Capacity Building Workshop: AHDA and AHDA Fellows’ Projects Ariella Lang
June 13 Istanbul: Sites of Memory Walking Tour Asena Günal
June 15 Peace and Turkey’s Peace Process: Opportunities and Challenges Evren Balta, Murat Çelikkan
June 15 Comparative Issues for Civil Societies in MENA and Caucasus Region, and Possibilities of Joint Projects within the RNHDP Lynn Maalouf


Participant name Organisation name Location
1 Armine Zakaryan Peace Dialogue Armenia
2 Lara Aharonian Women’s Resource Center Armenia Armenia
3 Tamar Lobjanidze International Committee of the Red Cross Georgia
4 Lior Yavne Akevot Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research Israel
5 Yara Hawari Al Manar Israel/Palestine
6 Reem El Soussi Act for the Disappeared Lebanon
7 Hela Boujnah Association of Defense Of Human Rights Tunisia
8 Berivan Eliş Türkmen Hafıza Kaydı Turkey
9 Serkan Akbaş Diyarbakır Bar Association Turkey
10 Mukadder Ezel Yılmaz Diyarbakır Arts Center Turkey
11 Tahir Elçi Diyarbakır Bar Association Turkey
12 Hülya Üçpınar Non-violence Training and Research Center  Turkey
13 Ebru Ergün Tarlabaşı Community Center Turkey
14 Fezile Osum Initiative for Freedom of Expression Turkey
15 Mariat Imaeve European Human Rights Advocacy Centre UK
16 Maryam Hosseinkhah Justice for Iran UK
17 Abdelghani Boutria Mich’al Association of Families
of the Disappeared