Wednesday, 9 January 2013

CfA: Fellowship Program for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fall 2013 Columbia University

Columbia University is pleased to welcome applications for the 2013 Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability. 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.

Applications are being accepted for the 2013 Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR). In the fall semester of 2013 (August 28, 2013 – December 14, 2013) practitioners and students of historical dialogue will have 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.

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. Special funding is available for fellow(s) who address religious conflict.

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.
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 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.
For fellowship guidelines and application form, please go to
Deadline: March 1, 2013

Saturday, 5 January 2013 on European Year of Citizens

On January 10, the "European Year of Citizens" will be officially launched. Yesterday, summed up the main positions and links: "EU kicks off European Year of Citizens":
"The Commission believes that the better 500 million Europeans understand their rights as EU citizens, the more informed the decisions they can take in their personal lives. This will lead to a more vibrant democratic life in Europe can be at all levels."
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said:
"There must be a broad debate all over Europe. A debate must take place before a convention and an Intergovernmental Conference is called. A debate of truly European dimension. We cannot continue trying to solve European problems just with national solutions. This debate has to take place in our societies and among our citizens."
Anne-Charlotte Oriol, spokesperson at EYCA, commented:
"We are convinced that this year can be much more than another communication operation. Europe is flooded by questions but the citizens we are have very little – if no – space to take part in a debate on the future of Europe. Via the civil society organisations present in the EYCA and notably in all EU member states, we will make sure that the needed debates take place so as to voice both citizens’ concerns and their will and ideas."