Corridors is an initiative that aims to foster dialogue and cooperation between societies from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and the European Union. Together with local partners, we develop joint learning and capacity-building opportunities in the field of formal and informal peace education. A specific focus and key competence of Corridors is the facilitation of cross-regional dialogue and cooperation around protracted conflicts in the post-Soviet space and beyond. We develop and implement projects that enhance knowledge transfer and create new opportunities for direct people-to-people contact across the conflict divide. Therefore, joint education and academic cooperation are used as tools to revitalise exchange and cooperation between conflicting sides. In a cross-regional framework, we strive to facilitate cooperation between academic and civil society stakeholders to revitalise dialogue between communities. Corridors aims to enhance awareness and understanding of the context and dynamics around protracted conflicts in specific regions and on an international level. Corridors is designed using a cross-thematic approach, linking capacity building and cooperation in the field of formal and non-formal education with dialogue activities in an innovative way.
Corridors Summer School 2021
The international Summer School aims to introduce the participants to the fundamentals of conflict analysis and peacebuilding. Moreover, we strive to train the participants on core competencies in the field of dialogue, mediation, and self-awareness. Finally, the one-week gathering offers 21 students and recent graduates the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from each other. To achieve these objectives, the Summer School combines lectures and interactive training in the field of formal and informal peace education by German as well as international practitioners and scholars. It is organized in cooperation with the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
This year’s Corridors Summer School is open to students and recent graduates from Armenia, Russia, Germany, and Georgia/Abkhazia with knowledge in political and social science, international relations, cultural studies, and neighbouring disciplines. The motivation and openness of the participants are more important than their academic background as we strive to bring together a diverse group. We ask all interested students and young graduates from Armenia, Russia, and Germany to send us a short application by 1 July 2021 latest. Participants from Georgia/Abkhazia will be selected through a different process. The application should include a brief letter of motivation (max one page) and a curriculum vitae. Please send your application to Christopher Brucker (Christopher.Brucker@uni-jena.de).
Corridors Fellowships 2021
The Corridors Fellowship offers young and upcoming scholars and civil society experts from the Caucasus the opportunity for a research stay at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (Germany). A particular focus of the fellowship is the promotion of intercultural academic cooperation. Therefore, we are keen to support a research tandem from different regions of the Caucasus. The fellowships have a duration of one month and cover travel costs and € 1.200 per person for living expenses in Germany. The selected fellows can make use of the Universities information infrastructure and participate in several Corridors activities, like research workshops and summer school. Application deadline is June 23. Further information here.
The year 2020 was incredibly turbulent for the Caucasus and peacebuilding initiatives working there. Despite the challenging circumstances, Corridors successfully implemented the project ‘Advancing Young Peacebuilder Careers’ in cooperation with our regional partners Respublika Idei (Sukhum/i), Youth and Community Action Club (Samakhbyur), Humanitarian Research Public Union (Baku), Civic IDEA (Tbilisi), and Kabardino-Balkaria State University (Nalchik).
Sixteen young experts from Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Russia participated in the project, which combined academic input, practical training, and regional exchange. They learned vital concepts of peacebuilding and conflict studies and strengthened essential skills in academic writing and mediation. In particular, the participants developed and discussed their own research articles or policy and opinion papers applying the learned skills and knowledge.
This publication consists of ten selected papers that have been developed, presented, discussed, and reviewed during the project. It provides the reader with first-hand insights, analysis, and opinions from young scholars and peacebuilders from the Caucasus region. In this way, the edited volume facilitates the exchange of knowledge both within the region and internationally. Sincere gratitude to our engaged colleagues, inspiring and courageous participants, and the German Federal Foreign Office for its generous funding.