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Mapping Historical Dialogue: Remembering for the Future

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The Mapping Historical Dialogue Project (MHDP) of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR), Columbia University, went online in December 2015. This global interactive geographical map gathers information on projects of contested memory in (post-)violent conflict countries. In the first two years, more than 500 initiatives have been charted in 94 countries. This ongoing digital project builds on a crowdsourcing model, relying on incremental contributions to connect a diverse network of individuals who often do not have access or knowledge of one another’s work. The project is open access, and its scholarship and resources are available to a wide community of users. The MHDP platform aims to respond to one of the challenges that historical dialogue faces: connecting a diverse and interdisciplinary network of advocates, practitioners and scholars who are unaware of the others’ work. Another aim is to make scholarship, resources, civil society projects, human rights organizations and other information in the field of historical dialogue and transitional justice accessible to a global community of users on this digital platform. This paper gives an overview of the development of the mapping project, and then outlines some of the diverse dialogue projects identified by researchers. It ends with a timely reflection on the way histories of violence from a conflictive past continue to have an impact when they are left unresolved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Atkinson-Phillips A, Capdepon U, Strauss J, Lopez Badell O

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Kritika Kultura

Year: 2019

Volume: 33/34

Pages: 786-805

Print publication date: 01/08/2019

Acceptance date: 06/06/2018

ISSN (electronic): 1656-152X

Publisher: Ateneo de Manila University


DOI: 10.13185/3095


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