Transforming War-related Identities

Handbook Dialogue No. 11

What is the role of different approaches for dealing with painful memories and violent pasts? How do different dimensions – interpersonal and intergroup relations, memories and identities at the individual and collective level – relate to one another? Can one constructively address victim identities and  cultures of victimhood that may stem from painful and traumatic experiences? This Dialogue looks into the inter-connectedness of psychological dynamics and social processes in post-war societies. Scholars and practitioners draw on experiences from Northern Ireland, South Africa, the Caucasus, the Balkans and Latin America.

  • Beatrix Austin & Martina Fischer (Eds.): Transforming War-Related Identities. Individual and Social Approaches to Healing and Dealing with the Past. 2016. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 11 - complete. Hardcopy >

Single Contributions:

  • Brandon Hamber: Dealing with Painful Memories and Violent Pasts. Towards a Framework for Contextual Understanding. 2015. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 11 - lead article. PDF >
  • Olivera Simić: Dealing with Painful Memories: Walking the (Thin) Line between War and its Aftermath. 2015. Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series No. 11 - comment. PDF >
  • David Becker: Working on the Psychosocial Gap: Challenges, Hopes, Perspectives. 2015. Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series No. 11 - comment. PDF >
  • Undine Whande: Recalling South Africa – Memory Work across Time and Space.. 2015. Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series No. 11 - comment. PDF >
  • Andrea Zemskov-Züge: Dealing with the Past in the Georgian-Abkhaz Conflict. The Power of Narratives, Spaces and Rituals. 2015. Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series No. 11 - comment. PDF >
  • Brandon Hamber: Grappling with the Stranglehold of the Past over Time. A Response. 2016. Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series No. 11 - final reflection. PDF >

Also of interest:

  • Martina Fischer: Transitional Justice. Lessons from the Western Balkans. 2016. Policy Brief No. 5. PDF >
  • Martina Fischer & Ljubinka Petrović-Ziemer (Eds.): Dealing with the Past in the Western Balkans. Initiatives for Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. 2013. Report No. 18. Hardcopy >
  • Martina Fischer: Transitional Justice and Reconciliation - Theory and Practice. 2011. Handbook Article. PDF >
  • Véronique Dudouet, Martina Fischer & Beatrix Schmelzle: Dealing with the Past in Israel-Palestine and in the Western Balkans. Story-Telling in Conflict: Developing Practice and Research. Dan Bar-On meets peace Activists from the Western Balkans. Workshop, 14-15 February 2008, Berghof Research Center, Berlin. 2008. Working Paper No. 5. PDF >
  • David Becker: Dealing with the Consequences of Organised Violence in Trauma Work. 2004. Handbook Article. PDF >

Other publications:

  • Accord Insight No. 3: Transforming Broken Relationships. Making Peace with the Past. London: Conciliation Resources. link>