Historians without Borders: The Use and Abuse of History in Conflicts


19 – 20 MAY 2016



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History continues to play a role in conflicts. But what can historians do to prevent the abuse of history for political purposes? Historians without Borders in Finland aims to further public discussion about history and to promote the use of historical knowledge for peace-building and conflict resolution.


May 19-20 Historians without Borders organised an international networking conference ‘Historians without Borders: The Use and Abuse of History in Conflicts’ which constituted the starting point of an international network of Historians without Borders.



Martti Ahtisaari Nobel Peace Prize Laureate


Bernard Kouchner Co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières


Margaret MacMillan Professor at the University of Oxford


Peter Turkson President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace


Romila Thapar Professor Emerita at Jawaharlal Nehru University


Ibrahim Gambari Chairman and Founder, Savannah Center for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development



1917 in Finnish and Russian Historiography | Writing a Common History for Israel and Palestine | Turks and Armenians, 1915 and after | Colonial History or History of Colonialism | The Presence of History in East Asia: Why Can’t Bygones be Bygones? | Power, Diplomacy, Revolution or Society in Modern Mediterranean History? | US – Latin American Relations in Historiography



Discussion and decision on the establishment of an International Network of Historians without Borders and on the follow-up for the initiative.