WEDNESDAY 18.5.2016






University of Helsinki Main Building, Aleksanterinkatu 5


Welcoming Reception hosted by the City of Helsinki

Place: City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13

THURSDAY 19.5.2016
















































Registration and Coffee

Place: University of Helsinki Main Building, Aleksanterinkatu 5


Opening Words

Mr. Erkki Tuomioja, President of Historians without Borders in Finland

President Martti Ahtisaari, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate


Keynote lecture: Dr. Bernard Kouchner: History and Memory

Followed by a panel discussion

Panellists:        Minister Elisabeth Rehn

  Prof. Vadim Roginsky, Russian Academy of Sciences

Moderator:     Teija Tiilikainen, Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs


Keynote lecture: Prof. Margaret MacMillan: Using History to Understand the Present

Followed by a panel discussion

Panellists:        Prof. Jan C. Behrends, Potsdam’s Center of Contemporary History

  Prof. Jussi Hanhimäki, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Moderator:     Dr. Oula Silvennoinen, University of Helsinki


Lunch break


Workshop discussions in three simultaneous sessions


Session 1:         1917 in Finnish and Russian Historiography

Speakers:          Prof. Kimmo Rentola, University of Helsinki

  Dr. Sergei Zhuravlev, Russian Academy of Sciences

Moderator:     Prof. Henrik Meinander, University of Helsinki


Session 2:        Writing a Common History for Israel and Palestine

Speakers:         Prof. Mahmoud Yazbak, University of Haifa

  Dr. Jonathan Furas, Tel Aviv University

Moderator:     Prof. Hannu Juusola, University of Helsinki


Session 3:        Power, Diplomacy, Revolution or Society in Modern Mediterranean History?

Speakers:        Dr. Rinna Kullaa, Sciences Po University

 Dr. Leyla Dakhli, CNRS, Marc Bloch Center

Moderator:    Prof. Pertti Ahonen, University of Jyväskylä


Session 4:        The Presence of History in East Asia: Why Can’t Bygones Be Bygones?

 Session is hosted by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Speakers:        Dr NAKANO Koichi, Professor, Sophia University

 Dr Julie Yu-Wen CHEN, Professor, University of Helsinki

Moderator:    Jyrki Kallio, Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs


Coffee and publication event


Cocktail Reception hosted by the University of Helsinki

FRIDAY 20.5.2016















































Keynote lecture: Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari: United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: Trends and Lessons Learned

Session is hosted by the UN Association of Finland

Panellists:      Prof. Helena Ranta, University of Helsinki

Brig Gen Mauri Koskela

Moderator:   Katri Kulmuni, Chair of UN Association of Finland, MP


Workshop discussions in three simultaneous sessions


Session 5:       Turks and Armenians, 1915 and after

Speakers:        Prof. emer. Baskın Oran, University of Ankara

 Dr. Alexandar Iskandaryan, Caucasus Institute

Moderator:    Dr. Suvi Kansikas, University of Helsinki


Session 6:        Colonial History or History of Colonialism

Speakers:         Prof. emer. Anthony Asiwaju, University of Lagos

  Prof. Meyda Yeğenoğlu, Istanbul Bilgi University

Moderator:     Prof. Holger Weiss, Åbo Akademi University


Session 7:        US – Latin American Relations in Historiography

Speakers:        Dr. Benita Heiskanen, University of Turku

 Prof. Jussi Pakkasvirta, University of Helsinki

Moderator:    Prof. Teivo Teivainen, University of Helsinki


Lunch hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Speaker: Peter Stenlund, Secretary of State


Keynote lecture: Romila Thapar: Historians as Public Intellectuals

Followed by a panel discussion

Panellists:         Dr. Marja Jalava, University of Helsinki

   Prof. Liisa Laakso, Rector of the University of Tampere

Moderator:      Dr. Emilia Palonen, University of Helsinki


Keynote lecture: Peter Turkson: The Role of History in Reconciliation and Peace Mediation

Followed by a panel discussion

Panellists:        Eamon Gilmore, European Union Special Envoy for the Colombian Peace Process

  Vasu Gounden, Executive Director of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes

Moderator:     Pekka Haavisto, Special Representative of Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland on Mediation with special focus on Africa





Closing Plenary

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