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Coming to terms with Kosovo's past

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Coming to terms with Kosovo’s past: civil society, transitional justice and historical accounting

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This Foreign Policy Centre seminar, in partnership with the University of Lancaster, will look at the role played by non-state actors and particularly journalists in re-establishing a shared historical record in post-conflict societies, with a particular focus on Kosovo.

Speakers:

  • Baroness Helic, Board Member, Trust Fund for Victims, International Criminal Court
  • Professor James Sweeney, Centre for International Law and Human Rights, University of Lancaster
  • Dr Birte Julia Gippert, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Florian Qehaja, Chair of the Board, Kosovar Centre for Security Studies

Chair: Stephen Gethins MP, Foreign Affairs Select Committee and Scottish National Party Foreign Affairs and Europe Spokesperson (TBC)

This seminar will examine the vital role journalists and other non-state actors can play in challenging official narratives, providing a more accurate account of recent history and disseminating that information to a wider audience. It will also examine the role the media can play in exacerbating historical grievance and reinforcing narratives that divide communities or obscure the past.

The seminar will look at these dynamics on the ground in Kosovo. Taking into account the historic role the UK has played in the country and how it might assist in the future, given both the withdrawal from EU support mechanisms after Brexit and the UK government’s renewed focus on the wider region following its 2018 Western Balkans Summit Commitments. It will build on the findings of the recent University of Lancaster and British Academy project Transitional Justice and ‘Transitional Journalism’: Understanding the Role of Journalists as Non-State Actors in the Delivery of Historical Justice – Case Study on Kosovo.

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