Since 2017, the Davis Institute for International Relations from the Hebrew University and the Center for Regional Initiatives (IPCRI) have been engaged in a project aimed at building shared visions for Jerusalem. In this project, local residents from diverse communities from across Jerusalem engaged in mapping local needs and designing their visions for the future of the city.

As complementary to this work, IPCRI organized in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Irish Aid delegations of experts and civil society leaders from Jerusalem to other contested cities such as Belfast, Nicosia and Sarajevo. These delegations focused on the reality of cities in conflict and highlighted the lessons that can be learned from other conflicts.

This conference will present the outcomes of both projects. In the first part of this conference, scholars will present policy recommendations designed by local residents and will receive input from experts from other contested cities. Following this part, we will host panels and workshops focusing on the practice of bringing change to contested spaces. From urban planning through shared education and equal representation, we aim to present a comprehensive vision towards the future of those cities in conflict. 


Links to the lectures are avalilable

Day 1: Wendesday 20/11

Sharing Visions for the Future:

Jerusalem in Light of Other Cities

The Mandel School for Advanced Studies, Mount Scopus

09:00 - 10:00

Greetings & Opening

Prof. Dan Miodownik Head of the Leonard Davis Institute

Keynote Lecture by Prof. Avner De - Shalit

10:00 - 11:00

Between the Lines:

Infrastructure & Planning in a Divided Space

Mr. Tareq Nassar a Local Urban Planner, Jerusalem

Dr. Nufar Avni The Dept. of Geography, The Hebrew University

Prof. Gillad Rosen The Dept. of Geography, The Hebrew University

Dr. Gizem Caner The Dept. of Geography, Cyprus Int. University

11:00 - 12:00

Thinking Ahead, Educating the Next Generations

Ms. Sarah Perle Benazera a Dialogue Facilitator

Mr. Ahmad Asmar The Dept. of ME Studies, The Hebrew University

Dr. Samira Alayan The Dept. of Education, The Hebrew University

Prof. Tony Gallagher The School of Education, Queen’s University

13:00 - 14:00

Exhibition Opening: Our city עירנו مدينتنا

With the participation of official representatives, civil society organizations and local residents

14:00 - 15:00

Building a Safe Space:

Safety & Protection in Contested Spaces

Ms. Karolina v. Ede Tzenvirt Building Visions for the Future of Jerusalem

Ms. Nimati Tahhan The Glocal Program, The Hebrew University

Prof. Badi Hasisi The Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University

Mr. Sammy Douglas Former Member of the Legislative Assembly, N.Ireland

15:00 - 16:00

A Place for Everyone:

Representation & Authority in a Contested City

Ms. Nivine Sandouka “Our Rights”  حقوقنا Initiative

Dr. Lior Lehrs The Leonard Davis Institute, The Hebrew University

Prof. Oren Barak The Dept. of Political Science, The Hebrew University

Dr. Adis Maksic The Dept. of Int. Relations, International Burch University

16:30 - 17:30

Looking at Divisions from a Gender Perspective

Ms. Hiba Nusseibeh Building Visions for the Future of Jerusalem

Dr. Timea Spitka Building Visions for the Future of Jerusalem

Dr. Malka Greenberg - Raanan The Harry S. Truman Research Institute

Ms. Nivine Sandouka “Our Rights” حقوقنا Initiative, Jerusalem

17:30 - 18:45

Divided Societies, Shared Spaces

Dr. Emily Silverman The Urban Clinic, The Hebrew University

Dr. Ceren Bogac The Dept. of Architecture, The Eastern Med. University

Mr. Tareq Nassar A Local Urban Planner, Jerusalem

Rev. Dr. Gary Mason Rethinking Conflict, Belfast


Day 2: Thursday 21/11

From Vision to Practice: Working on the Ground

Konrad Adenauer Conference Center, Mishkenot Sha'ananim

09:00 - 12:00

Workshops & Tours Across the City


  • Culture-Led Projects in Contested Spaces: East Jerusalem and Beyond

        (Sponsored by the Urban Clinic, by Invitation Only)

  • Between the Lines: Walking from West to East

        (Sponsored by Ir Amim, Open for Registration)


  • Shared and Integrated Education with Prof. Tony Gallagher

        (Sponsored by the JICC, by Invitation Only)  

  • The Role of Civil Society in Divided Cities with Rev. Dr. Gary Mason

        (Sponsored by the JLM Model, Open for Registration)  

14:00 - 14:30

Greetings and Opening

Ambassador Kyle O'Sullivan Ambassador of Ireland to Israel

Ms. Aylin Matle Deputy Head of Israel Office Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

14:30 - 16:00

What Can We Learn from the Status Quo?

Chair Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin Public Opinion Expert and Political Analyst

Rev. Dr. Gary Mason Rethinking Conflict, Belfast

Ms. Aida Cerkez The Warm Foundation, Sarajevo

Mr. Savvas Vladimirou Representative Office of Cyprus in Ramallah

16:30 - 17:45

Breakout Sessions

From Extremism to Peacebuilding: The Case of Northern Ireland

Chair Rev. Dr. Gary Mason Rethinking Conflict, Belfast

Mr. Sammy Douglas Former Member of the Legislative Assembly, N.Ireland

Mr. Gerry McConville Director at Falls Community Council

Between Interfaith & Intersectionality: Working Across Communities

Chair Mr. Jack Munayer Coordinator at World Council of Churches, JLM

Mr. Igor Kožemjakin Senior Advisor at The Interreligious Council, Sarajevo

Ms. Ariel Markose Community Director at The Jerusalem Model, JLM

Mr. Ashraf Ghandour Director of Alumni Programs at Seeds of Peace, Haifa

Mr. Loizos Loukaidis Educator at AHDR, Nicosia

18:00 - 19:30

Where All Voices are Heard:

City Politics Between Separation and Inclusion

“The Tipping Point”:

A Conversation with Fmr. Mayor of Belfast Mr. Alban Maginness

Interviewed by Mr. Aziz Abu Sarah Founder of “Our Rights” حقوقنا Initiative

Commentary By:

Dr. Laura Wharton Member of the Jerusalem City Council

Ms. Pnina Pffeuffer An activist from the Haredi Community, Jerusalem

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