Arnhold Symposium
on Education for Sustainable Peace

Georg Arnhold Symposium 2016

Education and Conflicts in the Post-Soviet Space 

Berlin: July 5 and 6, 2016

On the 5th and 6th of July, the Georg Eckert Institute and the Heinrich Böll Foundation organized the third Georg Arnhold Symposium for Education on Sustainable Peace in Berlin that took place at the Heinrich Böll Foundation. It focused on the theme of “Education and Conflicts in the Post-Soviet Space – Institutions, Narratives, Dominant Discourses, and Historical Myths” with English and Russian as conference languages.

Seventeen experts representing various academic disciplines from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States presented their research and discussed the conflict potential of educational narratives and reviewed the perspectives for change. Victor A. Shnirelman from the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow gave the keynote address on “Routes of the Post-Soviet Historical Imagination: Between ‘Civilization’ and the ‘National State.’” The four panels of the symposium dealt with the following themes: “Historiography and Conflicts,” “History and the Teaching of Patriotism,” “Fiction and Religion,” and “Old and New Genocides in Post-Soviet Countries.”

More than 50 guests attended the event, including scholars from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, and the Hamburg Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy as well as staff of the German Bundestag, representatives of the German Foreign Office, the Körber Foundation in Hamburg, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Future of Berlin Foundation, the Embassies of Rumania and Ukraine, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the Federal Agency for Civic Education.

The experts of the symposium were  

  • Vagif Abasov, historian and teacher (Azerbaijan),
  • Evgeniy Chernyshev, historian, political scientist and journalist (Berlin),
  • Tsypylma Darieva, Friedrich Schiller University Jena,
  • Philip Gamaghelyan, American University (Washington, DC),
  • Gasan Gusejnov, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow),
  • Sevil Huseynova, Humboldt-Universität (Berlin),
  • Ivan Kurilla, European University at St. Petersburg,
  • Maria Karapetyan, Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation (Armenia/Azerbaijan),
  • Oksana Karpenko, Centre for Independent Social Research (St. Petersburg),
  • Ilya Kukulin, National Research University - Higher School of Economics (Moscow),
  • Oksana Mikheiva, Ukrainian Catholic University (Lwiw),
  • Andrii Portnov, Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin and Berlin-Brandenburg Ukrainian Initiative,
  • Oliver Reisner, Ilia State University (Tbilisi,)
  • Sergey Rumyansev, South Caucasus Open School (Tbilisi) and Centre for Independent Social Research (Berlin),
  • Victor A. Shnirelman, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow),
  • Serhy Yekelchyk, University of Victoria (Canada), and
  • Viktor Voronkov, Centre for Independent Social Research (St. Petersburg).


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