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Offer: 2013 Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability

Historical dialogue and accountability is a growing field of advocacy and scholarship that encompasses the efforts of conflict, post-conflict, and post-dictatorial societies to come to terms with their pasts. Historical dialogue seeks to analyze past violence; to acknowledge the victims of human rights abuses; to challenge and deconstruct national, religious, or ethnic memories of heroism and victimhood; the field also attempts to foster shared work between two or more sides of a conflict; to identify and monitor how history is misused to divide societies; to enhance public discussion about the past.

AHDA organizes a number of trips and site visits around New York throughout the course of the program.

The fellowship program gives participants the opportunity to engage in training, networking, project work, and academic study at Columbia University in New York City. During the Fellowship participants will also design a project that addresses a long standing sectarian conflict, history of repression or past gross human rights violations in their society, country or region.

While historical dialogue is a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary field, it places special emphasis on reaching new generations and considering how the meaning of the past changes with the passage of time; it seeks to give individuals the tools to deconstruct historical narratives for themselves, to challenge past myths, and to consider the evolution of specific narratives about the past and how they continue to influence political, social and cultural structures. In so doing, historical dialogue does not necessarily seek consensus as a goal, but rather an understanding and empathy between stakeholders of multiple and/or conflicting narratives. In other words, it seeks to make visible the causes and consequences of disputed histories; to acknowledge victims; and to involve experts from a wide-range of areas, from academics to officials, from activists to victims and affected communities in an effort to achieve new avenues for moving a society away from conflict.

The comprehensive fellowship program provides fellows with the opportunity to hone practical skills in fundraising, advocacy and leadership; to develop a deeper understanding of and engagement with the past; and to foster mutually beneficial relationships with their peers and with international and non-profit organizations in New York.

Program Overview
The program consists of

seminars that examine historical dialogue across the disciplines, covering theoretical and practical applications in different geographical and thematic contexts;
workshops that help fellows identify primary challenges to implementing historical dialogue projects, and that explore a variety of strategies for addressing them, from the proposal stage to the implementation stage;
visits to sites of memory in and around New York City;
relevant networking opportunities and speaking engagements.
Fellows will design individual projects that they will implement upon their return home.
Fellows will live with other students, and have access to a wide range of social and cultural opportunities in New York.
Fellows will have access to extensive resources and faculty members at Columbia University.

Applications are being accepted for the fall semester of 2013 (August 28, 2013 – December 14, 2013) fellowship program. The program is part of the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA). AHDA offers fully funded fellowships which will cover travel, visa, and accommodation costs as well as a modest stipend to cover day to day living expenses during the program. In exceptional cases, self-funded candidates will be considered. We encourage interested parties from around the world and from a wide range of professional sectors—including, but not limited to, human rights practitioners, journalists, academics, educators, filmmakers, artists—to apply. Special funding is available for fellow(s) who address religious conflict. For fellowship guidelines and application form, please go to hrcolumbia.org/ahda/fellowship.

Deadline: March 1, 2013

If you have any questions with regard to the program, selection criteria and your application please contact ahda@columbia.edu.

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