Karakutu (Istanbul) & Institute of Public Policy (Yerevan) & Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation are inviting applications for the initiative Workshop for Turkish-Armenian Dialogue and Memory Walk.
24 – 28 April, 2017 in Istanbul
11 – 16 May, 2017 in Yerevan
The purpose of the Workshop for Turkish-Armenian Dialogue and Memory Walk (for short referred to as Workshop) is to increase dialogue and partnership among educational institutions in Armenia and Turkey and students of social sciences, to develop inclusive discourses in the Armenian-Turkish relations and increase awareness of the largely marginalized peace and conflict transformation narratives. The Workshop will build capacity in young professionals integrating conflict transformation practices into their academic paths and empowering them to get engaged in fostering a culture of dialogue and coexistence between their societies building a vision for the future of the Armenian-Turkish relations.
The initiative consists of two phases. During the first phase, the selected group of students from Armenia will travel to Turkey and will engage in dialogue and learning experiences with their counterparts from Turkey, including site visits and guest lectures. The Imagine Center will use its methodology to lead the Dialogue sessions and Karakutu will organize a Memory Walk for the participants as an alternative method to remember past violence, conflicts and wrongdoings, and to establish a peaceful and equal society. As a method, the Memory Walk provides young people with the opportunity of hearing alternative narratives and improving their critical thinking skills about the hegemonic historical narratives. In the second phase, the group of students from Turkey will travel to Armenia and continue their dialogue and learning activities through city visits and demo implementation of a Memory Walk.
During the Workshop, the participants will have a chance to share, understand, and reflect on the history and the present-day relationship between people from Armenia and Turkey.
The language of the program is English.
The program is open to university students older than 18 that are pursuing a degree in social sciences (from history and psychology to architecture and anthropology), arts, cultural studies, and other related areas. If you are interested in participating in the program, please fill out the online application form and submit by March 24, 2017.
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The Workshop is supported by The Grant Scheme developed by a Consortium of eight civil society organisations from Armenia and Turkey within the framework of the Programme Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process: Stage Two, financed by the European Union under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP).
Programme aims to empower and engage civil societies of Turkey and Armenia to contribute to the enhanced regional peace and stability, democratic pluralism and social inclusion across and within their societies. This will be achieved through engaging new actors in economic, cultural, educational, and awareness-raising activities between Armenia and Turkey, and improving information flow, communication exchange and networking between media, expert communities and institutions.
This activity takes place within the framework of the Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process programme, funded by the European Union.
Ms. Arpine Aleksanyan and Ms. Sona Baloyan from Yerevan, from “Matenadaran” Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, were supported with the travel grant to visit Istanbul, Turkey for meetings with the Armenian Patriarchate, Armenian high schools, foundations and publishing houses to discuss possibilities of further collaboration on preserving the Armenian culture.