Dealing with the Past 2019

Remembrance, reconciliation and reintegration

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Among the most debilitating challenges confronting societies in transition, seeking transition out of violent conflict is what to do with the impact of gross violations of human rights committed in the conflict setting. History holds countless examples of societies that sought to ignore atrocities – to dig a hole and bury the past – only to be confronted by re-escalation and myriad dysfunctionality in society. Long after a formal peace has been declared, victims, especially, feel the lingering impact of the war – relentless in its demand for answers, in the damage caused, in the lack of accountability, reparation, or even acknowledgement of their suffering.

Dealing with the Past (DwP) comprises a suite of innovative strategies for shifting this – by responding with transformative humanity to the needs of those victimized, by confronting perpetrators, by reforming laws, public institutions and the culture of governance, by creating a shared understanding of the history, and by celebrating the life that remains, with all its learnings, among those who have survived. DwP is about enabling transformation that can make comprehensive transition out of violence a reality.

Seminar content

  • Understanding of the challenges that arise in a post-conflict society and the wounds left by the episodes of violence at the different levels
  • Strategies for addressing this situation and familiarisation with the field of Dealing with the Past
  • Fostering of context sensitivity through an understanding of different situations across the world
  • Comparative analysis across post-conflict areas
  • Development of a comprehensive Dealing with the Past strategy for a contemporary situation of participants’ choice


  • Watching of pre-recorded lecture (in your own time)
  • Participation in weekly online seminars (Wednesday, 14h00 CET, for 90 mins, 27 Feb to 17 April)
  • 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 your choice

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