This project represents a first step in bringing people from Azerbaijan and Karabakh into our regional network of memory and history. The aim of this project is the creation of two parallel, intergenerational and history-based discussion processes (Azerbaijan - Karabakh) that deviate from the traditional stereotypical narratives.
As in Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, we use individual biographical narratives to stimulate reflection and discussion in the respective societies. The networking of the regional partners among each other, who work with this method throughout the South Caucasus, is important to us for building sustainable structures.
2017 - 2018
The Azerbaijani-Armenian war over Nagorno-Karabakh as well as the continued use of force since the ceasefire of 1994 have poisoned the relations between the parties involved.
The historical account of the escalation of conflict and war in the early 1990s often follows stereotypical categories in the region. On both sides dominate narrative, which are characterized by "one-sided blame" and competition dominate. The current violence affects how people reflect about their past. A strong loss of trust and the dominance of stereotypical narratives have become an obstacle to overcoming tensions. Our approach is based on the assumption that a constructive and respectful engagement with the processes of escalation and the experience of violence in the 1990s is possible.
The project is carried out in cooperation with the Georgian organization "Peace Development Center" and selected facilitators in Azerbaijan and Karabakh.
The project is funded by the Federal Foreign Office.
On site, we conduct biographical interviews with contemporary witnesses of the conflicts. These interviews focus on personal experiences of those affected. The interviews serve as the basis for our local discussion workshops, in which the participants, inspired by the interview, discuss and reflect on their own experiences.