Comparative Memory Activism in Israel and Serbia: Practices and Challenges
11-18 January, 2014
The Center for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS) organized a study seminar to Israel and Palestine for practitioners, scholars and activists from Serbia engaged in memory work and dealing with the past projects.
The seminar focused on memory work in Israel as related to themes such as: hegemonic memories vs. alternative ones: the memory of 1948, the memory of 1967, the memory of the Jewish holocaust in Israel and others.
The 7 days study seminar focused on memory struggles within the context of a society in conflict and allowed participants to engage with questions of memory battles in Israel and reflect back to their work and mnemonic battles currently taking place in Serbia. In particular, the struggle of activists in both societies to address issues that otherwise are silenced or denied. Academics and activists shed light on such dynamics in Israel. The seminar additionally included facilitated group discussions, which allowed participants to take part in on-going reflection and connection to their work in Serbia.
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The project was made possible by funding from Robert Bosch Stiftung.
The Role of Social Memory Studies in Conflict Analysis and Transformation
Course designed for the Forum ZFD Balkans Staff
November 18-20, 2013
CFCCS was invited to design and deliver a training seminar for the Forum ZFD Balkans Staff who will be working on the Dealing with the Past projects. The course aimed to enhance the theoretical and practical understanding of the participants, as related to their work focus in Dealing with the Past and Memory Work. It also aimed to strengthen and deepen the understanding of the participants as related to:
- bridging theory and conflict;
- Framing Dealing with the Past in the context of Conflict Analysis, Conflict Transformation and Memory Studies frameworks.
The seminar training was taught by Dr. Orli Fridman and was attended by 17 staff members from the Forum ZFD's offices in Belgrade, Prishtina, Sarajevo and Skopje.
Junior Scholars Training Seminar
The Center For Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS) Junior Scholars Training Seminar provides an opportunity for graduate students enrolled in an advanced academic degree, currently conducting academic research or in the writing stages, in the fields of Post-conflict Transformation, Peace and Conflict Studies, South Eastern European Studies and Post-Yugoslav Balkans Studies, to present their work and engage in an exchange of feedback and knowledge with other students and scholars. The CFCCS Junior Scholars Training Seminar, interdisciplinary in its nature, is dedicated to fostering research and academic exchange among young scholars in the Balkans.
Students taking part in the training seminar are offered the opportunity to present their work and engage in an exchange of feedback and knowledge with other students and scholars. Thematically the group is exploring ways to bridge theory and practice and make more direct connections and interactions between academia and civil society sector.
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Belgrade Study Visit with Professors from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
On June 20-21, 2011, CFCCS hosted a Study Visit in Belgrade with three professors from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
On June 20, 2011, we hosted at the Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK) a presentation by Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian and Dr. Daphna Golan from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem who spoke about life in Jerusalem, the challenges in the term education for peace currently in Israel, the responsibility of intellectuals and university professors in societies in conflict etc. They presented their research on the Campus-Community Partnership Program and engaged in an interesting exchange with the audience regarding similar questions and dilemmas in Serbia in higher education institutions.
Zochrot-Badil Study Seminar
Between Oct 15-22, 2009 CFCCS hosted a Study Seminar for a group of activists from Palestine and Israel. The participants, members of Zochrot and Badil visited Serbia and Kosovo, focusing on issues related to refugees of the former Yugoslavia, seeking to use lessons learned to envision practical ideas for the implementation of the right of return of Palestinian refugees to historic Palestine.
On October 20, 2009, Eitan Bronstein (Zochrot) and Muhamad Jaradat (Badil) presented the work of their organizations and their perspectives for a just solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.