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Offer: Columbia University Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability 2012

Columbia University invites practitioners of Historical Dialogue and Accountability/Dealing with the Past from Africa, Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia to apply for the Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability. Deadline: April 16th, 2012

Applications are being accepted for the 2012 Fellowship for practitioners of Historical Dialogue and Accountability at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR). The program is part of the Alliance of Historical Dialogue and Accountability

Historical dialogue and accountability is a growing field of advocacy and scholarship that encompasses the efforts in conflict, post-conflict, and post-dictatorial societies to deal with their pasts. In contesting nationalist myths and identities, in examining official historical narratives, and opening to competing narratives about past violence, historical dialogue promotes inclusivity of minorities that suffered in the past as well as with (former) enemies. Advocates of historical dialogue work to:

- collect and provide facts about the history of particular conflicts;

- provide analysis of past violence grounded in empirical research;

- acknowledge the victims of past violence and human rights abuses;

- challenge and deconstruct national or ethnic memories of heroism and/or victimhood;

- foster shared work between interlocutors of two or more sides of a conflict;

- identify and monitor how history is misused to divide society and perpetuate conflict;

- and enhance public discussion about the past.

The Program

In the fall semester of 2012 (late August – December) practitioners of dealing with the violent pasts from conflict, post-conflict and post-dictatorial societies will have the opportunity to engage in training, networking, project work, and academic study at Columbia University in New York City. The comprehensive program provides Fellows with the opportunity to hone practical skills in fundraising, advocacy and leadership, develop a deeper understanding of dealing with the past, and foster mutually beneficial relationships with their peers and with international and non-profit organizations in New York City. During the Fellowship participants are expected to design a Fellowship project that addresses a history of gross human rights violations in their society, country and/or region. The Fellowship is fully funded. Travel, visa and accommodation costs are fully covered. During the program Fellows will receive health insurance as well as a stipend to cover living expenses in New York City.

The Applicant

Applicants must be experienced in historical dialogue and accountability/dealing with the past. Preference will be given to candidates who are either members of an organization that focuses on dealing with the past in the applicant’s society and/or region or who demonstrate the support of a well-established organization to implement the Fellows project after the completion of the program

Applying candidates must be proficient in spoken English. They must have the support of an organization from and work in the following parts of the world that face ongoing or the legacy of sectarian conflicts: Africa, Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Middle East, South and Southeast Asia.

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