CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND RECONCILIATION IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

Introduction

The Junior Scholars’ Workshops was a multi-year initiative which brought together eminent academics in Southeast European issues to develop the body of scholarship in the field and extend the networks established by the Joint History Project by working with emerging young scholars. These distinguished lecturers and researchers formed an Academic Committee, which organised an annual workshop in the Southeast European region for young scholars to present and defend their doctoral research within an atmosphere of constructive critical thinking and democratic ideas-sharing.   

In October 1999 in Geneva, member states of the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe conducted a meeting at which they emphasised the role education as an essential component in the peace process for the region. The network of scholars brought together through the Joint History Project were identified by the Council of Europe and the member states of the Stability Pact as a solid and appropriate base from which the body of scholarship in the region and about the region could benefit and expand. Stability Pact members called for a comprehensive History Teaching Initiative for the region to include the establishment of an Academic Committeeeto provide guidance, visibility and political support to the initiative. The first meeting of this Committee convened in Thessaloniki in May 2000, with members of the Center’s Joint History Project serving as its core.