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cyprusdossier.com - April 22nd, 2014; The Cyprus Dossier reports on the upcoming conference on 'Cultural Diplomacy and Narratives of Conflict in the Middle East,' to be held on May 9th at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. The conference has been organized by the University of Nicosia's Cyprus Center for Intercultural Studies and co-organized by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The conference will feature several important speakers from a variety of cultural and academic backgrounds, including Mark Donfried of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.

  April 23rd, 2014

Cultural Diplomacy and Narratives of Conflict in the Middle East

Cyprus Dossier on April 22, 2014

9 May at 17:00–19:15

University of Nicosia, 46 Makedonitissas Avenue, 2414 Egkomi, Nicosia, Cyprus

“Cultural Diplomacy and Narratives of Conflict in the Middle East” is the second conference on the subject of cultural diplomacy organized by the University of Nicosia’s Cyprus Center for Intercultural Studies.

The conference will look at cultural diplomacy as a key supplemental or alternative tool for peace processes in the Middle East.

It will focus specifically on the function and use of narratives—in the form of metanarratives (shared communal narratives), oral histories, and personal stories—to bring closer together divided peoples and break down stereotypes of the Other.

Speakers include:
Mark Donfried, Director General and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy;
Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus;
Tsvia Walden, Head of Youth Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev;
Hana Kirreh, Board member at Wi’am Conflict Resolution Center;
Nur Köprülü, Assistant Professor of International Relations at Near East University; and
Ellada Evangelou, Dramaturge and researcher.

Conference moderator is:
Emilios Solomou, Executive Vice President for Administration and Director of UNESCO Chair of the University of Nicosia.

The conference is co-organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. It is co-sponsored by the UNESCO Chair on Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue for a Culture of Peace and is supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation under the Common Action entitled “Intercultural Dialogue in Crisis: Listening to NGOs.”