Mapping of Initiatives addressing Conflicts in Lebanon (2015-2018)
Recent years have seen an upsurge in activities in the field of Dealing with the Past in Lebanon but implementing organisations and activists frequently do not know the others’ projects and rarely work together. With the support of AUB’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies and in partnership with Lebanon Support, forumZFD has mapped all initativese addressing conflicts in Lebanon which have been implemented since 1990. The mapping is accessible to the public in the form of an online database on Lebanon's Support Civil Society Knowledge Centre website.
The online catalogue can serve practitioners, scientists and media researches to get an overview on the various attempts to Deal with the Past in Lebanon by providing an overview and describtion of (currently) 119 initatives. The initatives are classified under three objectives (Compensation, Disarmament and Amnesty, Truth and Reconciliation). In order to look for a specific initative, the catalogue provides various search filters, f.e. "Type of Organisation", "Target Group" or "Geographical Target" which help to filter them according to specific categories.
Please click here to access the online catalogue and look through the initatives.
If you would like an initiative to be added to the mapping, the website provides a contact form which can be sent to Lebanon[at]forumzfd[dot]de.
In this project, forumZFD and the Lebanese Association for History (LAH) support teachers in exploring commemoration sites with their stude read more
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