Research Report (English): "The Power of Remembrance: Political Parties, Memory and Learning about the Past"
The research report "The Power of Remembrance: Political Parties, Memory and Learning about the Past in Lebanon" by Dr. Mara Albrecht (University of Erfurt, Germany) and Dr. Basel Akar (Notre Dame University-Louaiye, Center for Applied Research and Education) investigates the use of memory by political parties in Lebanon in the political and educational domains.
The study was carried out in collaboration with forumZFD Lebanon and conducted in the framework of the programm area "Dealing with the Past". In the course of the research process Dr. Mara Albrecht and Dr. Basel Akar interviewed politicans of seven political parties, namely the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), Hezbollah, Future Movement (FM), Lebanese Kataeb Party, Lebanese Forces (LF), Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) and Syrian Social Nationalist Part (SSNP).
The main research findings were recently presented and discussed in the context of two events launched in collobaration with the Lebanese Association for History (LAH) and the Department of History and UIR Memoire (CEMAM) of University Saint Joseph. The first event was a public research seminar on September 22,2016 at the Orient Institut Beirut (OIB). Furthermore, on September 23, 2016 a seminar with youth delegation representatives from five political parties took place at University Saint Joseph, dealing in particular with the role of youth organizations of political parties in memorialization and learning about the past.
The report is also available in Arabic.