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'Nicosia: The Story of a Shared and Contested City'


Under the 'Home for Cooperation' project funded by Norway Grants 2009-2014*, the AHDR implemented a research project during which a series of graphically powerful, user-friendly on-line interactive maps have been created, to visually narrate Nicosia’s transformation during the period 1878-1974. 


The final outcome resulted in an interactive website. The launch of the website took place at a public event at the Home for Cooperation (H4C) in Nicosia where representatives of the main communities of Cyprus were invited to share thoughts and hopes on how this project could contribute to aknowledging and preserving our respective, yet common heritage. 




The objectives of the research project are to:


a) challenge one-dimensional representations of the past, offering an elaborate multi-perspective visual narrative of Nicosia’s urban and social life before and after the city’s division;


b) familiarize users with the city’s multicultural past and present;


c) conceptually restore Nicosia’s unity and cultivate a sense of a shared city.


*The aim of the Home for Cooperation project was to support the operation and sustainability of the Home for Cooperation, which shall contribute to the bridge-building between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities in Cyprus. This project was completed in December 2015.



Cyprus Critical History Archive


In this context, the AHDR in collaboration with PRIO, developed The Cyprus Critical History Archive.  The CCHA is a unique digital resource containing digitized and catalogued Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot newspaper articles on inter-communal relations and conflict-related violence during the 1955-1964 period.



Formerly Mixed Villages in Cyprus: Representations of the Past, Present and Future


An overview of the history of Cyprus and its mixed villages and research findings on how members of the two communities remember their lives together. This is based on rich information (quantitative and qualitative) collected by AHDR researchers on the life of people in formerly mixed villages in Cyprus. This booklet has been publicised and published as part of the Multiperspectivity and Intercultural Dialogue in Education (MIDE) project, which is supported by the United Nations Development Programme - Action for Cooperation and Trust (UNDP-ACT).



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The Future of the Past: Why History Education Matters


The papers contained in this volume were delivered at or inspired by the "What does it mean to think historically: 6 years on” symposium organised by the AHDR in May 2010. The volume contains the work of some of the leading figures in the area of history education internationally and also the work of local researchers on history education in Cyprus.





History Educators in the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Community in Cyprus: Perceptions, Beliefs and Practices


The research report describes the aims, methodology, and research findings of a quantitative questionnaire survey investigating the perceptions and practices of a representative sample of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, all primary and secondary school history teachers in Cyprus. The research explores history teachers’ views of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot history curricula and textbooks presently used across the existing divide in Cyprus, as well as history teachers’ views on, and their use of methods that promote, historical thinking in their teaching.



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