Dealing with the Past
Remembrance, reconciliation and reintegration.
Academy for Conflict Transformation
Dates: starting on Wednesday 05/02 – 25/03, 7 weeks, english
Trainer: Terry Savage
Among the most daunting challenges facing societies in post-conflict
transition is what to do with the burden of gross violations of human
rights committed during the conflict. Numerous societies have sought
to ignore such atrocities – to dig a hole and bury the past – only
to be confronted by their continual return, in the form of grievance
and re-escalation into hostilities. Long after a formal peace has been
declared, victims may feel the war still rages – relentless in its
demand for answers, in the damage caused, in the absence of
acknowledgement, accountability, reparation, or even change.
Dealing with the Past (DwP) comprises a suite of creative strategies
for shifting this – measures that can provide victims with comfort,
some satisfaction, and sometimes even repair; initiatives that tackle
perpetrators and advance the rule of law; ways of overhauling
legislation and reforming public institutions, and growing a culture
of democratic governance; projects capable of generating a shared
understanding of the abuses and the history in which they occurred;
occasions for celebrating the life that remains, with all its
learnings, among those who have survived.
DwP is an approach to transformation that can, at best, enable
sustainable transition out of entrenched patterns of violence and
violation. Both an introduction to core concepts and comparative in
its orientation, this course addresses the practicalities – the
nuts-and-bolts – of making DwP work.
- Participation in weekly online seminars (Wednesday, 11h00 CET, for
90 mins, February 12 to March 25)
- Technical check on February 5 at 11h00 CET
- Watching of pre-recorded lecture (in your own time)
- Response (one-page maximum) to the theme designated each week
(Weeks 2 to 5)
- Co-ordination and integration of writings into a Powerpoint
presentation applying your learnings to one context of you choice.
- Around 3 – 5 hours per week, for 7 weeks
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