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Welcome to the Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR)

It was on April 21, 2003, that a number of educators and researchers, with an active interest in the teaching and learning of history, decided to establish a non-governmental, non-profitable, multi- communal organisation in Cyprus and named it The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR). Since then, the AHDR has organised and developed a range of projects and activities, such as teacher training workshops and the creation of supplementary materials, in order to work towards its greater aims.


The birth of the Association almost coincided with a historic change that took place on the island when on 23 April 2003 travel restrictions between the two sides of the Green Line in Cyprus were eased and several thousand Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots had their first chance since 1974 to cross the divide. It was evident that, more than ever before, the AHDR had to actively begin to realise its shared mission and vision, and in doing so, recognise the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, the covenants of Human Rights issued by the United Nations, and the UNESCO recommendations relevant to history teaching.

"Film - Birds of a feather"
'Birds of a Feather - Stories from a conflict zone' is a documentary on Cyprus history now made available by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and EEA/Norway Grants on YouTube! You can now access it on our website too! *Turkish and Greek below*
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"One year of great success"
“Education for a Culture of Peace” project completes its first term of workshops with great success. 180 educators across the island were engaged in a transformational process towards cultivating a Culture of Peace through education!
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"Shared Histories - E-Book"
In May 2014 the Council of Europe published an E-book following the completion of the intergovernmental project 'Shared Histories'. An introductory brochure is now available in various languages, including Turkish, Greek and English.
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"Research Vacancy"
The AHDR is seeking to employ a Research Associate, who will be responsible for ensuring the successful implementation of the AHDR’s research project: ‘Nicosia: The Story of a Shared and Contested city’ project.
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AHDR’s History Education Reform Proposal
AHDR’s Videoblogs, PSAs & Podcasts
AHDR Research Policy
Past Projects
Cyprus Critical History Archive
Current Projects
The City as a Living Museum
AHDR Policy Paper on Education
Download the AHDRs Supplementary Educational Materials
Europe Direct Information Centre, Nicosia
Upcoming Events
Playing CLIL - Educators' workshop
19 September | 10:30
// The Interacting Theatre in Educa...
Recent events
Open Air Summer Film Festival
24 June | 20:00
// The Europe Direct Information Ce...
Launch of the "Peace Education Centre and Library"
29 May | 18:30
// The Association for Historical D...
The use of visual sources: arts, films, videos, cartoons. Training interpretation skills when teaching and learning history
13 March | 16:00
//  Friday 13th & Sat...
Historical Culture in Divided Societies. From Theory to Practice
18 December | 17:00
// International Conference &qu...