Common Remembrance, Future Relations

The burden of the past and blind spots in the construction of national historical truths often manifest in obstacles to intergovernmental cooperation. However, the mutual exchange of societies’ experiences and their understanding of past events can facilitate processes of remembrance, reappraisal and reconciliation. By connecting NGOs and guiding a structured exchange of the culture of remembrance as well as memorial practices in Armenia, France, Germany, Israel and Turkey, the Impact Group „Common Remembrance, Future Relations” is designed to reduce images of the other, to initiate reciprocal learning processes in remembrance, commemoration and reconciliation work, and to foster intercultural cooperation by planning and launching collaborative projects.

How do we work?

The Impact Group „Common Remembrance, Future Relations” aims to contribute to intercultural understanding and cooperation. The project is divided into three parts scheduled for 2017.

The first session will take place from 24 -28 May 2017 in Yerevan, Armenia. The aim of this session is twofold: While it sets a theoretical and conceptual frame by addressing processes of remembrance, reappraisal and reconciliation, its focus is to provide a platform for exchange and to connect the NGOs with each other. Each representative teams up with a partner and they begin to work out a collaborative project.

The second part of the project takes place in the partners’ respective countries as it is meant to provide a work shadowing opportunity. Each NGO representative visits their partner NGO to gain deeper insights into their understanding of past events, their approaches of reconciling with the past and their ways of communicating knowledge.

The final session will take place in Berlin in September 2017 and intends to provide a forum to exchange ideas about the work shadowing, discuss challenges for the work of NGOs regarding remembrance, reappraisal and reconciliation as well as to present their upcoming collaborative project.

Impact Group Members

Head of the Impact Group

Varsenik Minasyan, IFAIR Project Manager ‘Common Remembrance, Future Relations’ –

Executive Committee

Joana Westphal, IFAIR Regional Director “Middle East & North Africa” –

Sahra Rausch, Freie Universität Berlin –

Sezer Idil Gogus, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt –

Current Status

Part II (June to September 2017): The participants will do a work shadowing at their partner’s organization.

Our Partners

Michael Roth The program is under content direction by IFAIR and held under the patronage of Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office.
Our project partners are the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and Armenian Progressive Youth.

How can I contribute?

Partner: Become a partner of the collaborative projects by supporting them with your experience and knowledge about developing and funding new ideas. We will keep you posted about the details of the future projects and the upcoming application process.

Expert Cooperation: If you are a renowned expert on a topic concerning the processes of remembrance culture, reappraisal and reconciliation you can join our final session in Berlin by delivering a talk or workshop to our participants.

Ideas: You would like to share your ideas on the Impact Group or provide us with feedback? Feel free to contact us – we are happy to learn about your thoughts!