Corridors is an initiative that aims to foster dialogue and cooperation between societies affected by 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. 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 higher education with dialogue activities in an innovative way.
Corridors Summer School
Building Capacities for the Development of Peaceful Communities
02 – 07 September in Neudietendorf (Germany)
Conflicts are commonplace in the coexisting of individuals, groups, societies, and countries. The challenge we often face is to resolve these disputes peacefully and constructively, which requires several specific skills and competencies. 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 provides 22 students and recent graduates the opportunity to exchange with their peers and learn from each other’s experience. In order to achieve these objectives, the Summer School combines lectures and interactive training in the field of formal and informal peace education by German and international practitioners and scholars.
The Summer School is organised by the Friedrich-Schiller-University (FSU) in Jena and the non-profit organisation Corridors, together with further international partner organisations. The organisers cover workshop-related costs including travel, accommodation, excursions, and full board for the selected participants thanks to the funding of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The Corridors Summer School is open to students and recent graduates from Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, Russia, and Germany with knowledge in political and social science, international relations, cultural studies and neighbouring disciplines. We ask all interested students and young graduates to send us a short application by 22 July 2019 latest. The application should include a short letter of motivation (max one page) and a curriculum vitae to Nicole Rubio (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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April 2018, workshop on developing new approaches to support bottom-up peace initiatives in Stuttgart: More than 20 representatives from academia and civil society from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus attended the three-day meeting. Together, we evaluated past and ongoing dialogue processes and identified best practices and lessons learned. Based on their experience, participants developed new ideas for inclusive cross-regional dialogue processes, which will be included in an OSCE Network Report.
November 2018, Corridors knowledge exchange at OSCE Network workshop in Vienna: Sebastian Relitz presented our concept, experience and practical outcomes during the two-day OSCE Network workshop "Cross-Regional Corridors of Dialogue: Developing a Complementing Track for Transforming Long-Standing Conflicts". During the workshop, various OSCE officials, international civil society stakeholders and academics discussed the recent experience and future opportunities of dialogue facilitation.
Oktober 2018, Corridors workshop on peace and conflict studies at the University in Suchum/i: During the intensive three-day workshop, the 13 very active students got lectures on the fundamentals of peace and conflict studies and training in the theoretical and practical tools of conflict analysis. The students exercised the knowledge and skills they gained, within case studies from different world regions and applied it to their own conflict setting.