The third International NGO Conference on History and Peace will kick off its five-day run from 19th August in downtown Seoul, exploring ways to promote historical reconciliation and peace.
About 300 people, including nongovernmental organization officials, historians and history teachers from some 20 countries are expected to join the conference, organized by the North East Asian History Foundation.
The forum set the 2009 theme as "History Education for Historical Reconciliation in East Asia," providing a venue in which NGO officials, history specialists and school teachers seek to identify a role of history education in promoting reconciliation.
The East Asian region went through particularly tumultuous periods in the early 20th century, resulting in distrust and hostility between related countries.
The conference has set up seven symposiums and 10 workshops. In addition, organizers said participants will be able to broaden their perspective by participating in various extra events such as "Korea Culture Night," "Lounge Talk," and "Walking Tour."
One symposium, scheduled to be held at the Deoksung Women's University Lifelong Education Center on Friday, is dedicated to analyzing the history textbook revision in Japan, a thorny issue that regularly sparks disputes and protests in Korea and Japan. Experts from Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan will explore ways to deal with the source of the intensifying conflict in connection with history textbooks in Japan.
The NGO Conference, a major get-together of history-relevant civic groups, has charted a new course in seeking an ideal model for public-private collaboration and to share historical perceptions based on cooperation and co-prosperity.