Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability at Columbia University
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Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability at Columbia University

Finding a way of dealing with the past is one of the greatest challenges facing societies in conflict and post-conflict societies, as this is an issue that can reignite old conflicts and create new ones. In many countries, there are dedicated members of civil society, as well as an increasing number of journalists, whose work focuses on dealing with the past, searching for the truth, and developing cultures of remembrance. For such initiatives, however, there is usually very little opportunity to pursue international exchange. Furthermore, there is usually limited knowledge and very little experience on hand when it comes to successful methods of dealing with the past and the current state of scientific discourse on the subject.

The Program
The multilateral and interdisciplinary Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability enables a comparative exchange on lessons learned and best practices in relation to the way the past is being dealt with in various societies in conflict and post-conflict societies. Therefore, the program contributes to the understanding and reconciliation processes in the fellows’ home countries while helping transform the discourse into a historical dialogue. The fellows are given the opportunity to continue their studies during the fall semester at Columbia University in New York City, develop their international network, and conduct interdisciplinary research on their areas of focus. During their time at Columbia, the fellows develop a project that they implement in their home country once their fellowship has ended.

With support from the Robert Bosch Stiftung and other benefactors, the Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability was established in 2012 at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University under the leadership of the Academic Director, Professor Elazar Barkan. The program has already attracted fellows from Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Georgia, Ukraine, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Tunisia, Lebanon, Turkey, Nepal, Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Brazil, Pakistan, Indonesia, and South Korea.

Applications and Target Groups
Eligible to apply are (young) executives from civil organizations, activists, and journalists from all over the world who are dedicated to dealing with the past in their society. Columbia University accepts applications for the Fellowship Program each spring.

Contact

Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability
Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Riverside Church Tower, 7th floor
91 Claremont Ave (between W. 120 St. and W. 122 St)
New York, NY 10027
Phone: +1 212 854 3022

Ariella Lang, Director

Contact at the Foundation

Verena Heinzel
Phone: +49 (0)30 220025-326