Autumn School
Gori (Georgia)

11 - 16 October 2024
Dialogue Facilitation School
about the project

Started in 2023, the project NoBorderSpace provides a platform to discuss complex and relevant issues such as the history of the relationships, intercultural contacts, imperial and colonial legacies, memory and the politics of history, nationalism, and contemporary conflicts. It also explores methods, approaches, and prospects for their peaceful transformation. Participants from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Belarus joined a series of dialogues held in Baku, Yerevan, Batumi, Tbilisi, as well as the autumn school “International Dialogue for Understanding and Cultural Exchange” in Telavi.

The Goals of
the Autumn School

● We are inviting scholars, journalists, artists and activists with experience working on peace and conflict. Participants will learn how to facilitate dialogues about traumatic pasts, popular ethno-historical myths, and taboo topics; how to create a space for an open exchange of opinions on complex conflict issues; and how to discuss challenging issues of relations within and between societies.

● The School will contribute to forming a sustainable transnational and cross-border network of professionals willing to collaborate on a variety of challenging contemporary topics.

● The main objective is to give participants an understanding of peace and conflict transformation dialogues and how they can be organized. Our team and invited experts will present different approaches and methods for facilitating these dialogues.
Approach

The autumn school will consist of a series of interactive workshops and lectures designed to develop skills in facilitating dialogues that address the complex issues of the impact of armed conflicts on affected communities.


The School will combine different formats of collaborative learning, such as dialogues, group discussions, lectures, and workshops. This implies the peer-to-peer exchange of experience, methods, and practices.



INVITATION to APPLY
● Applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus and Russia, including those living/residing in the South Caucasus or EU countries

● Social researchers and historians, activists and social workers, journalists and bloggers, publicists and artists etc.

● Experience in dialogue or facilitation is considered as an advantage but not required. We welcome all those who are motivated to use dialogic and facilitation skills in their professional or volunteer work.

● No age limit
Terms of participation
  • Deadline for the Autumn School –12 August 2024
  • The main working language is English
  • All costs during the event will be covered by the organizers
  • As part of selection process, the applicants might be invited to an online conversation
Registration form
Application forms are accepted until 12 August
(information will be sent to the address you provide)
English language level*
max. 200 words
max. 200 words
The results will be announced no later than 10th of September 2024
Organizers
The Autumn School takes place in the framework of the project "NoBorderSpace: Dialogues for Peace and Understanding", by Center for Independent Social Research in Berlin (CISR Berlin) in collaboration with Communities and Culture Connection Foundation.

The project is funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Partners

    Contact
    If you have any questions, please contact us
    cisr.dialogue@gmail.com