2018 marks the 7th year of the AHDA fellowship program. To date we have had over 59 fellows in the program representing over 30 countries. Below find information regarding the professional interests and accomplishments of select fellows and alumni.
While at Columbia, fellows design individual projects that address some aspect of a history of gross human rights violations in their society, country, and/or region. Click here to read more about the fellows' projects.
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Sarah C. Bishop is an Assistant Professor at Baruch College, City University of New York. Her recent book, U.S. Media and Migration: Refugee Oral Histories won a 2017 Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association as well as the 2017 Sue DeWine Distinguished Scholarly Book Award.
Bishop specializes in research concerning the interactions of nationalism, citizenship, migration, and media. Her second book, Undocumented Storytellers: Narrating the Immigrant Rights Movement, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. At Baruch, Bishop teaches a range of graduate and undergraduate classes in Gender/Race/Ethnicity in Communication, Media and Migration, Global Communication, Privilege and Difference, and Digital Media Culture.
Nicolas B. Habarugira is a Rwandan social scientist and researcher who has worked with non-governmental organizations for many years in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region. He is a community worker and human rights activist who worked as a participatory action researcher with the Community Based Sociotherapy Rwanda starting from 2014. The organization promotes psychosocial well-being in Rwanda through interventions focusing on healing, reconciliation and social cohesion. Community Based Sociotherapy addresses post-genocide issues, including trauma healing, reconciliation and restoring the social fabric as a contribution to Rwanda’s transitional justice initiatives.
Korab Krasniqi has expertise in dealing with the past, conflict transformation, and memory work, with proven ability in project management, monitoring and evaluation. He is also engaged in researching collective memory and oral histories of ordinary people, wartime survivors and family members of missing persons. With a background in psychology and political science, Krasniqi is engaged in numerous national, regional and trans-European projects and processes that foster inter-ethnic dialogue, conflict transformation, and reconciliation. He is also a trainer on critical thinking and writing, and activism. Krasniqi’s experience also expands to journalism in written media, translation, emotional support and counselling.
Linda J. Mann holds a Ph.D in Education Policy from George Mason University. Her scholarship focuses broadly on the history of American education policy, with specializations in education practices during the historical periods of enslavement, Jim Crow, massive resistance and the re-segregation of US public schools. Currently, Mann is the VP of Research for the Georgetown Memory Project (GMP), an independent research institution dedicated to uncovering empirical data on slavery and its modern-day impacts. Since 2015, the GMP has been deeply engaged in the work of systematically identifying and locating nearly 300 enslaved people sold by Georgetown University and the Maryland Jesuits to three sugar plantations in southern Louisiana in 1838 (known as “the GU272”), and tracing their direct descendants. The success of this research has resulted in the unification of families torn apart 150 years ago.
As an AHDA Fellow, Linda will be developing an oral history project to document the voices of the GU272 descendants. This project will explore what restoring justice means to the descendants of enslaved peoples as well as advance our understanding on how institutions can restore justice for their slave pasts and further the narrative on how meaningful repair might be achieved.
Kartika Pratiwi was born in Indonesia and graduated with a Masters’ in Cultural Studies. She has been an independent researcher with an interest in narrative discourse about the 1965 genocide in Indonesia and Chinese-Indonesian issues.
Since 2008, she was part of Kotakhitam Forum – an independent organization, dedicated to research, workshops and documentary movie production for social and political changes. During that time, she was involved in producing video archives on Indonesian political history and collective memory as well as the documentary film, Api Kartini (2012). With Kotakhitam Forum, Kartika regularly runs projects to facilitate history teachers and youth to use popular media as a learning tool in schools.
Since 2015, she has worked for EngageMedia, a non-profit organization that provides strategies for the effective use of video distribution, connecting video makers, journalists, and activists. In 2017, Kartika also served as a John Darling fellow at the Herb Feith Foundation.
Dr. Bayar Mustafa Sevdeen is an assistant professor at the College of International Studies at the American University of Kurdistan. He has fifteen years of expertise in supervising and teaching undergraduate and graduate students at a number of universities. Bayar has taught the courses “Turkey and Iran Politics”, “Modern History of Europe”, “Political History of Kurdistan/Iraq and international Issues”. He is currently active in two projects: Politics of Kurds and Kurdistan and the survival and societal transformation among the Yazidis after the last genocide.
In addition, Bayar has been working as advisor at the International Middle-East Peace Research Center (IMPR) since 2012. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Peace and Human Security (CPHS) at the American University of Kurdistan (AUK). He has also worked in the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the ‘Turkey division’ as a diplomat during period from 2010 to 2013.
Joanna Talewicz-Kwiatkowska holds a PhD in anthropology from the Institute of Cultural Anthropology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She currently works as an assistant professor at the Jagiellonian University in the Institute of Intercultural Studies and as an academic advisor at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. She is a lecturer in the postgraduate studies program: Totalitarianism- Nazism- Holocaust created by the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Talewicz-Kwiatkowska was a recipient of the Fulbright scholarship, grantee of the Leadership Academy for Poland and the European Commission’s program Marie Curie Conferences and training courses entitled “Multi- Disciplinary and Cross-National Approaches to Romany Studies - a Model for Europe”. She has also been part of the U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Program.
Latife Uluçınar graduated from Boğaziçi University Department of Philosophy. She attended İstanbul Bilgi University’s Cultural Studies Program, and participated in trainings on non-violence, conflict resolution, peace building, oral history, cinema and photography. Latife coordinated projects on cultural diversity, human rights, intercultural dialogue, women and youth in various non-profit organizations.
Since September 2013, Uluçınar has been working at Anadolu Kültür as a coordinator of the project BAK: Revealing the City through Memory, which brings young people together from different cities in the east and west of Turkey, with the aim of building intercultural dialogue through collaborative artistic productions that focuses on social and collective memory.
Laura Alvarez is a political scientist with an emphasis in democratic governability and international relations. From Cali, Colombia, Laura works at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana's Institute of Intercultural Studies (Instituto de Estudios Interculturales), which is known for its involvement in both scholarly and advocacy work. Laura's position as researcher has enabled her to work on a number of peacebuilding and applied research projects with communities that have been victims of the Colombian conflict, and that are working towards reconciliation. Recent projects include establishing a dialogue between indigenous communities and sugar cane industrialists, and the creation of a regionally-focused post-conflict development plan in Montes de Maria that involved government, women’s and victim’s organizations, and peasant, indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities.
As an AHDA fellow, Laura plans to develop a project proposal that will focus on collecting stories and testimonies about Colombian victims that have been displaced by violence, suffered human rights violations and later became heroes in their own communities, fostering reconciliation and peace building. These stories will not only be presented as reports on the Colombian post-conflict Truth Commission, but also will be made public through various media resources, so that they can be known and the victims can be acknowledged.
Laura is a Ford Foundation Fellow.
Eylem Delikanli is a founding member and an oral historian at the Research Institute on Turkey (RIT), a grassroots research cooperative based in New York City. RIT’s work focuses on commonization practices for social change in Turkey, with an emphasis on social and economic justice, gender equality, sexual rights, cultural and political recognition, and ecologic sustainability from a critical historical perspective. Eylem is currently working on a digital oral history archive for the 1980 coup d’état in Turkey, which is part of RIT’s collective memory working group.
She is the co-author of the oral history book Keşke Bir Öpüp Koklasaydım (with Ozlem Delikanli) about the 1980 Coup D’État in Turkey, published in 2013. As an AHDA fellow, Eylem will work on a project titled “Institute of Silence”, which will display crucial historical moments of Turkey on a web platform. In particular, the project seeks to address the silence around the 1980 coup d’état by making publicly available the oral history interviews of those targeted by the Junta. The hope is that these interviews, paired with official documents, will expose and teach users about the human rights violations and mass atrocities that occurred in Turkey during this time.
Eylem is an ISHR Fellow.
Debby Farber is the curator of Zochrot NGO ("Remembering" in Hebrew), an Israeli organization working to promote acknowledgement and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948. Between 2012 to 2014 she served as the Civil Transitional Justice program director in Zochrot where she established the first Unofficial Truth Commission in Israel for the events of 1948 in the Negev. Debby is also currently a PhD Candidate in the Politics and Government Department in Ben Gurion University.
As an AHDA fellow, she will work on an Interdisciplinary Historical Archive for Unrecognized Bedouin Villages in the Negev, a project that aims to raise awareness of the Bedouins’ struggle and human rights violations against them, suggest options for redress, and serve as a resource for research and advocacy on behalf of Bedouin land rights.
Debby is an ISHR Fellow.
Srdjan Hercigonja is a junior researcher at the Belgrade-based Center for Comparative Conflict Studies. In addition, he serves as Director of Four Faces of Omarska. It is in this capacity that he serves as a founding member of the ‘Four Faces of Omarska’ Working Group project. Prior to joining Four Faces of Omarska, Srdjan worked for a number of local NGOs dealing with human rights issues and transitional justice; he has also worked for UNDP Serbia and the Center for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University, London. Both as an activist and scholar, Srdjan’s work is focused on conflict transformation, arts and politics in the context of post-conflict and post-genocide societies.
He has a particular interest in memorialization processes as they relate to war crimes and memory studies. As an AHDA fellow, Srdjan plans to develop a project that will focus on the ways in which victims of war crimes in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where no public recognition of atrocities has emerged, employ memory activism as a form of memorialization.
Srdjan is a Bosch Foundation Fellow.
Kyaw San Hlaing is the Founder and Executive Director of the Peace and Development Initiative (Kintha) in Rakhine State, Burma. As a teenager, Kyaw San participated in protests against Burma’s military-led government, activities which led to his arrest and imprisonment for 5 years, a period which was followed by exile to Thailand for 9 years. Kyaw San finally returning to Burma in 2012 and founded the Peace and Development Initiative (Kintha) in 2013 in response to the deepening religious and ethnic divisions taking root throughout Rakhine State.
As an AHDA fellow, Kyaw San will develop a project that documents stories of the victims of the communal violence in the region—violence that, in 2012, claimed the lives of over 200 Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims and displaced another 140,000 people. The project will lead to the creation of a memorial gallery designed to help youth in particular develop an understanding of the importance of ethnic and religious pluralism, responsible citizenship, and empathy.
Kyaw San is a Bosch Foundation Fellow.
Tonderai Kambarami is a senior researcher at the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, an umbrella organization that provides leadership and support to a coalition of 21 Human Rights Organizations in Zimbabwe. In 2015, he coordinated community outreach activities that delivered citizens’ recommendations on the operationalization of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) to Parliament. This work ultimately led to an improved draft of the bill that directly reflected the conclusions of the community outreach campaign. Since 2014, Tonderai has initiated and coordinated the National Dialogues on Zimbabwean Conflicts, a series of truth-telling and memorialization initiatives that create space for citizens within Zimbabwe and in the diaspora to address the legacy of violence resulting from major conflicts in Zimbabwe’s history.
As an AHDA Fellow, Tonderai will develop a documentation and memorialization project that seeks to ensure accountability for serious human rights violations in the Matabeleland region during the Gukurahundi era (1980-1990). The project will work towards accountability through the documentation and preservation of evidence of crimes, the facilitation of truth-telling and memorialization initiatives for victims and their families, and the exploration of mechanisms to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable.
Tonderai is a Bosch Foundation Fellow.
Lura Limani is an editor, writer, and researcher based in Prishtina, Kosovo. She is the editor-in-chief of Prishtina Insight, an English online magazine published by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) in Kosovo. For the past ten years Lura has worked as a journalist, writer, translator, researcher, and editor in Kosovo and Germany. As the editor of Prishtina Insight, she has managed the transition of the biweekly newspaper to an online platform that offers in-depth interactive stories about Kosovo and the region. She also contributes as an editor to the independent zine Lirindja and as a research affiliate to the Kosovo Oral History Initiative.
As an AHDA fellow, Lura will develop a multi-media oral history project about Kosovo and the fall of Yugoslavia. Titled “1989”, the project focuses on memories of the 1989 crisis of Yugoslavia as it unfolded in Kosovo through a television documentary and a book of first-hand recollections.
Lura is a Bosch Foundation Fellow.