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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.

"Call for Papers"
Scholars, researchers and independent practitioners with a personal involvement in conceptualizing, designing or implementing projects that exemplify new directions in dealing with the past and addressing wide audiences are invited to submit a proposal for the AHDR's forthcoming International Conference: Historical Culture in Divided Societies 18-20 December 2014 at the Home for Cooperation
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"10 Years On"
The AHDR is pleased to announce the release of a new video examining the Associations 10 year history. This insightful video documents the growth AHDR since its establishment in 2003, and highlights how productive cooperation, creative ideas and passion can bring about groundbreaking steps for a better future. Read on to watch it!
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"The European Literature House"
AHDR Executive Director, Shirin Jetha, represented the AHDR –H4C at the European Literature House Meeting in London from 4th – 6th June 2014. The meeting which took place at the Free Word Centre, brought together over thirty five Literature and Debating Houses from across Europe, together with several UK literature development and free expression organisations from the UK.
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"Oral History Work in Cyprus"
Friday, 4 July, at 17:00 @ Home for Cooperation The University of Nicosia (UNic) & the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) cordially invite you to the presentation of the book "Challenging History: Oral History Work in Cyprus" (University of Nicosia Press)
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AHDR’s History Education Reform Proposal
AHDR Newsletter
AHDR’s Videoblogs & Public Service Announcements
AHDR in the News
Resources on History Education
AHDR Research Policy
Past Projects
Past Events / Activities
Cyprus Critical History Archive
Current Projects
Home4C Podcasts
The City as a Living Museum
AHDR Policy Paper on Education
Recent events
Challenging History: Oral History Work in Cyprus
04 July | 17:00
// The University of Nicosia (UNic)...
“The Magical Violin of Vahan Bedelian…”
03 April | 01:00
// Greek and Turkish text follows ...
“Education in Conflict – Conflict in Education”
29 March | 09:00
// The Association for Historical D...
Turkey under AKP: From Tutelage to Authoritarianism?
17 March | 19:00
// The AHDR in collaboration with P...