In Paris, the City for the Cultures of Peace implements some of its research and training programs on cultures of peace, including long-term interdisciplinary research projects and international educational programs in cooperation with European and American universities as well as other academic institutions and foundations. Some of these activities such as the study and training program “Global Justice?” were held in the FMSH / Maison Suger, the international research center, “Centre international de recherche, d’accueil et de coopération,” of the FMSH with whom the City for the Cultures of Peace has also collaborated in the past. For more information, see: “Forms and Dynamics of Exclusion” in the section on International Conferences and Forums.
Images of the FMSH/Maison Suger:
In the mid-1990s, the City for the Cultures of Peace grew out of international conferences organized in collaboration with FMSH, UNESCO, the University of Paris 7, and many other institutions. In the late 1990s, Amy-Diana Colin, founding president of the network, took an active part in the international movement to rescue the Couvent des Récollets in Paris, at that time, an abandoned convent in the heart of the city. The building dated back to the times of Henry IV (13 December 1553 – 14 May 1610), whose “Edict de Nantes” (13 April 1598) was the first “Patent of Tolerance” to insure religious freedom in Europe. It was thanks to her efforts that Henry, Prince Consort of Denmark and President of Europa Nostra, the influential pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage which promotes the preservation of historical monuments in Europe, visited the Convent and recommended to President Chirac its restoration. On this particular project CCP also cooperated with Galia Nostra, a branch of Europa Nostra in France. Today, the restored convent is a place where artists visiting Paris can lodge and work. In the subsequent years, the City for the Cultures of Peace collaborated primarily with the FMSH and UNESCO.
Rights: Pictures of the Maison Suger © FMSH, Paris