Konferensen ”Historians without Borders: the Use and Abuse of History in Conflicts”, som hölls i Helsingfors den 19-20 maj 2016, avslutades med grundandet av det internationella nätverket Historians without Borders. Konferensen ledde till undertecknandet av en deklaration som vägleder nätverkets verksamhet och som redan har hundratals undertecknare.
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Vi inbjuder dig att ansluta dig till det internationella nätverket Historiker utan gränser genom att underteckna deklarationen via formuläret nedan. Listan över undertecknare finns här.
Wanting to promote and deepen the general understanding of history;
Calling on historians to defuse conflicts by sharing knowledge about history in conflict-resolution
Recognizing the role of historians in reconciling divergent views about historical events by promoting
interactive dialogue between differing interpretations of history;
Concerned about how insufficient historical knowledge and understanding leaves people vulnerable to
the misuse of historical narratives and impedes their ability to see into the future;
Emphasizing the need for concentrated efforts to counteract the misuse of history;
Appealing to governments and legislatures to refrain from unilaterally passing resolutions and legislation
on controversial interpretations of historical events;
Underlining that an understanding approach to historical monuments should leave an environment
where traces of all our history can be seen and in due time serve as focal points for understanding our
Stressing the importance of open and free access to historical material and archives;
Welcoming the initiative of Historians without Borders in Finland to convene the international
conference Historians without Borders: the Use and Abuse of History in Conflicts;
Meeting in Helsinki at this conference we have agreed to continue working together in order to
and have today decided to establish an international network of Historians without Borders.
Historians without Borders invites all professional historians and others working with historical
issues and international relations, who are willing to build better mutual understanding of
history and want to prevent the misuse of history to create and foster conflicts, to join our
The network will establish a roster of historians who are available as independent scholars and
experts to work in commissions, working groups and other fora in aid of promoting a culture
of peace, confidence-building, mediation and conflict resolution.
The network will promote and engage in independent and cross-border study of historical
We have appointed an international coordinating committee with Jan C. Behrends, Carl Bildt,
Vasu Gounden, Margaret MacMillan, Erkki Tuomioja, Christina Twomey and Sergei Zhuravlev
as members to guide the work of the network.
The committee can also co-opt new members to enhance the geographical and gender
representation. A full meeting of the network will be convened next year to take stock and
decide on the future structures of the network.
The network welcomes the contribution that Historians without Borders in Finland is prepared
to extend to the network at its initial stage in the form of secretarial services.
Agreed in Helsinki 20th of May 2016
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