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Historical Dialogue: Conceptualizing and Mapping a Field

Ariella Lang


This Introduction provides an overview of the term historical dialogue, and its relationship to the fields of transitional justice, memory studies, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. In considering the challenges facing post-conflict societies, the author suggests ways in which these different fields respond to a wide range of challenges that the legacy of violence incurs. With a particular focus on historical dialogue, and the ways in which historical dialogue is framed within the issue, Lang proposes considering history itself as a form of advocacy and an integral component of peacebuilding.


conflict transformation; dealing with the past; historical dialogue; peacebuilding

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13185/KK2020.03335