Dealing with the Past in Israel/Palestine and in the Western Balkans - Story-telling in Conflict: Developing Practice and Research

TitleDealing with the Past in Israel/Palestine and in the Western Balkans - Story-telling in Conflict: Developing Practice and Research
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleWorkshop Report of the Berghof Research Center
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsDudouet, V, Fischer, M, Schmelzle, B
Number of Pages18 pp.
PublisherBerghof Conflict Research
Accession Number1061
Abstract

The Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management is are pleased to present a workshop report summarizing the discussions on "Dealing with the Past in Israel/Palestine and in the Western Balkans - Story-telling in Conflict: Developing Practice and Research"Renowned Israeli psychologist Dan Bar-On worked with peace activists and action researchers from the Western Balkans, Israel/Palestine and Germany at the Berghof Research Center in Berlin on 14th and 15th February 2008. An important purpose of the meeting was to gather people from different conflict zones and to offer a space for learning and reflection.
The goals of the workshop were three-fold:
1) to focus on the consequences of World War II, the 3rd Reich, the Holocaust, etc. - and specifically the consequences of not dealing with the legacies of this period - for today's societies
2) to explore Dan Bar-On's personal experiences of working on the dialogue between the German and Israeli-Jewish society, and compare this experience with approaches used, and dilemmas faced, by those working in the Western Balkans
3) to discuss how psychological concepts can support processes of dealing with the past and how they can link up with other approaches and disciplines.Overall, the workshop discussions focused on the dilemmas faced in dealing with the past and peace practice, and on the potential and limits of story-telling methodologies. The report also explores issues such as (national) identities, narratives, reconciliation, the role of peace activists as well as the use of story-telling and film-making in peacebuilding. It also proposes areas for further reflection and research.As always, the Berghof Research Center is looking forward to your feedback and comments.

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