Alumni Highlight

Nora Ahmetaj
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Congratulations to 2015 AHDA fellow Nora Ahmetaj who was invited to serve as a keynote speaker at the Bournemouth University workshop Re-Imagining Conflict-Transformation: Making Memory Meaningful.
The workshop, which takes place May 4th in Bournemouth, UK, will be drawing on worldwide transitional justice contexts, yet relating to the Kosovo case. It is designed to explore innovative approaches to dealing with memorialization after war and how to make memories meaningful for new generations as a key aspect of transitional justice efforts. 
Nora will discuss her work on critical approaches to 'reconciliation' and possible ideas developed by researchers at Bournemouth University on how to use new digital technologies ('gaming' technology) to enhance experience and widen cognition (in terms of including marginalized voices and plural perspectives) of war memory. 
Nora is a co-founder and director of the Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication (CRDP) in Kosovo. CRDP’s foundation was inspired by a need to seek transitional justice, reconciliation and right to truth for victims and former adversaries of the Kosovo conflict.  The mission of CRDP is to develop mechanisms related to dealing with the past through research, documentation, publication and advocacy.
Independently from the May invitation, Nora was invited by Bournemouth University faculty to give a lecture at Prishtina University on Tuesday, March 15th explaining her and CRDP’s work, particularly in respect to the issue of silenced or marginalized or disillusioned war victims' voices, to the group. Nora will address undergraduate and graduate students from different disciplines from University of Prishtina and Bournemouth University who will work together with on a 'storyline development'. Nora will provide the students a chance to better understand the sensitivities and challenges involved of working with survivors of war crime and to gain some insights what these people's concerns and experience after the war have been, from an expert's perspective.
In her lecture, Nora will be sharing practical insights with the students about her work in the field of victims' support and conflict transformation and the specific sensitivities and problems involved in the case of Kosovo. A main line that the Bournemouth University teachers are doing is trying to make students aware of is that history and 'truth' might be contested and that there might be either competing voices dominating once silencing others. Nora’s experience could substantiate this and enlighten them about the context, reasons and issues involved in finding and listening to those more silent voices.