24 December 2018- “PainScapes; The Underground Map of Mass Graves and Enforced Disappearances in Iran” can now be found at the ‘Historical Dialogue” world map, from Columbia University’s Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA). PainScapes is the first Iranian project to be added to this world map.

The Mapping Historical Dialogue Project is a map of innovations and activities across the world which engage with historical memories of state atrocities. It is the first interdisciplinary global network to assemble scholars and establish the norms of the field of historical dialogue, and crowdsource information about the impacts which memory of sectarian and national violence have on contemporary politics.

By gathering this information in one place, the Mapping Historical Dialogue Project aims to better understand how historical memory “facilitates work towards conflict transformation, reconciliation, peacebuilding, and democracy promotion, particularly in post-conflict countries.”

PainScapes is a collective effort to restore Iranian historical memory of the brutal repression by Islamic Republic officials in the 1980s, that has been censored and distorted. The PainScapes interactive map contains the exact or approximate locations of 70 mass graves across the country, with detailed information about 30 sites, obtained from witnesses, informed locals, survivors, and victims’ families.

For more information on PainScapes, click here.