Current Initiatives

Ethics & Legacy: The IHJR Ethics & Legacy project explores institutional responses to complex legacies related to historic injustices, benefaction from colonialism or slavery, and other sources considered controversial by today’s ethical standards. The work focuses on case studies pertaining to universities, foundations, public monuments and other artefacts, but also touches on broader implications for the public and private sectors as presented by the IHJR director in The New Yorker (…)

Dealing with the Past: On July 14, 2017, IHJR, EUROCLIO, and the Anna Lindh Foundation convened a one-day symposium at Erasmus University in Rotterdam on A Multi-perspective Understanding of the Past: The Elephant in the Room of Diverse Societies? The event relates to IHJR’s work on Social Cohesion and Ethics & Legacy. IHJR Director Dr. Timothy Ryback shared his views on the ethics of facing difficult historical legacies in contemporary society.

Collective Memory: The Department of International Relations at the University of Leiden offers a masters-level course on disputed historical legacies, Collective Memory: A Shared Historical Narrative in Reconciliation? The course was initially developed in cooperation with the IHJR for Leiden’s spring semester in 2015 and  addresses numerous issues central to the IHJR mission.