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call for abstracts: edited volume “The Ethics of Action: Conflict Transformation, Peace, and Human Rights”

“The Ethics of Action: Conflict Transformation, Peace, and Human Rights”

edited by
Douglas Irvin-Erickson
The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick
Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego School of
Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham

Ernesto Verdeja
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

Book Scope and Rationale:

Peace studies and peacebuilding have cultivated a strong sense of
professional ethics to guide practice. However, the field of ethical
practice in peace studies and peacebuilding has mainly focused on the
ethical dilemmas of specific interventions as actions, particularly as
it relates to the intended or unintended outcomes of interventions.
Less well understood are the ethics of leadership, the ethics of
decision-making, and the enduring dilemmas that practitioners face in
the course of their everyday work.

This volume convenes distinguished and emerging scholars and
scholar-practitioners to critically examine the state of the field in
ethical practice and the ethics of practice. This effort will consider
questions of theory and experience as well as enduring puzzles that
have no clear solutions. The volume is intended to deepen scholarship
on ethics in international and global studies, peace and conflict
studies, peace and justice studies, peace studies, human rights, and
other related fields; enhance the impact of scholarship on practice;
enhance feedback from practice to scholarship; and to develop the
field of ethics in a way that can inform the work of practitioners,
advocates, and peacemakers.

Possible issues to explore in a given field of practice include (but
are not limited to):

-Avoiding co-optation;
-Balancing donor demands with local integrity;
-Deciding how to formulate, prioritize, and change goals, especially
in shifting contexts;
-Navigating between competing goals and balancing tactics with strategy;
-Developing influence: including material, institutional, discursive;
and coercive;
-Interpreting and applying abstract values in rapidly changing circumstances;
-Navigating tradeoffs between peace and justice, and vice-versa;
-Operationalizing positive peace without compromising democracy;
-Enabling conflict systems to stabilize without meaningful transformation;
-Conducting urgently-needed research with integrity;
-Any other wicked hard problems faced by practitioners of conflict resolution,
peacebuilding, human rights, and collective action.

The chapters should be rooted in scholarship on ethics—whether
academic or applied—in light of critical and relevant cases. Chapters
should also go beyond extant research to examine the practical
opportunities and challenges raised by decision-making dilemmas.
Concrete examples are welcome; however, the chapter arguments should
have broader applicability than a single case study, and should
clearly identify the main contributions to ethical leadership.

Instructions for Submission:
Interested contributors should e-mail Douglas Irvin-Erickson with 300
word abstracts before February 1, 2019 (

Abstracts will be reviewed by the co-editors in the first week of
February, and responses will be emailed to contributors in the middle
of February.

Completed chapters are expected in June, 2019. The co-editors have
begun reaching out to presses, with a formal prospectus that will be
pitched at the International Studies Association meeting in March 2019
in Toronto. The co-editors have received positive responses on the
book concept from top-tier university press publishers.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should be around 300 words, and clearly outline the
problems, theories, experiences, or puzzles the chapter will consider.

Chapter Guidelines

We are planning an engaging and readable volume. Accepted
contributions will expect to be short (no longer than 5,000 words
long) and snappy (sharp and provocative interventions, rather than
reviews of conventional ideas).

Please prepare manuscripts in Chicago intext citations with a bibliography.

Call for Papers: ‘Frontiers of Prevention II’ Conference April 2019

The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention at Binghamton University is pleased to announce its 2019 annual conference. Frontiers of Prevention II will take place at Binghamton University’s Downtown Campus with events beginning on the morning of Friday April 5, and concluding on the evening of Saturday April 6.

More information here:

Call for Papers: International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference, Cambodia 2019

The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) will hold its next conference July 14-18, 2019, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The conference title is “Missing Picture: Rethinking Genocide Studies and Prevention.” The IAGS conference organizers are now soliciting paper proposals. More information is available here.

New issue of online journal Peace Policy, on mass atrocities prevention.

The new online issue of Peace Policy is devoted to mass atrocities prevention. This special section is guest edited by ISG Executive Director, Ernesto Verdeja, and includes contributions from George Lopez (Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame) and Adam Lupel (International Peace Institute).
Available here:

ISG joins the Alliance Against Genocide

The Institute for the Study of Genocide has formally joined the Alliance Against Genocide, an international network of over fifty nongovernmental human rights organizations and scholarly research centers. The Alliance is committed to creating the necessary political will to prevent and end genocide and mass atrocities through coalition building, consciousness raising and advocacy work.

Job Opening – Assistant Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Applications welcome for Assistant Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. Information here:

ISG’s 2017 Lemkin Book Award Ceremony on October 17, 2017

The 2017 Lemkin Book Award Ceremony honoring ‘An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe’ by Benjamin Madley will be held on October 17, 2017 at the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights in New York City. Professor Madley will give a lecture followed by a discussion. This is a free public event. More information available on our events page.

Ernesto Verdeja is appointed as the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Genocide

The Board of the Institute for the Study of Genocide (ISG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ernesto Verdeja as its Executive Director. Ernesto is Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. He serves on the Board of the ISG and is Chair of the Lemkin Book Award Committee.

Ernesto earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science (political theory) from the New School for Social Research in New York City. His research focuses on large-scale political violence (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity), transitional justice, forgiveness and reconciliation, and trials, truth commissions, apologies, and reparations.

Ernesto is the author of Unchopping a Tree: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Political Violence and a number of articles and chapters in genocide studies, transitional justice and political theory. He is also coeditor of volumes on peacebuilding and social movements, the field of genocide studies, and the international politics of genocide prevention. He has also served on the board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

Invitation to Participate in the Mapping Historical Dialogue Project

Invitation to Participate in the Mapping Historical Dialogue Project

Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Columbia University

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University invites you, as an expert in your field, to participate in the development of the Mapping Historical Dialogue Project (MHDP).
The goal of the MHDP is to establish an online interactive geographical map that addresses mechanisms of contested memory in post conflict countries. The mapping process will document projects addressing the memory of historical violence. Building on a crowdsourcing model, the project will rely on incremental contributions to connect a diverse network of individuals who often do not have access or knowledge of one another’s work. The project is open access, and its scholarship and resources and will be available to a wide community of users. More information about the map can be found here.
Your contribution will be essential to the MHDP. Please provide your input by filling in the fields on the online link below. Not all fields are required, although robust information is more useful to users. Once you hit “submit”, your form will be checked by a member of the team for accuracy and relevance to historical dialogue mechanisms. While historical dialogue is a broad and interdisciplinary approach, its aim is to engage the memory of past violence in order to develop mechanisms of acknowledgement and reciprocal recognition. Projects should contribute to this goal. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at We very much appreciate your online contributions.
The Mapping Historical Dialogue Project Working Group
CFA: Documenting the Holocaust in Nazi-Occupied Poland: Considering New Sources (Research Workshop, Sept. 11-14)

(must be submitted by no later than June 1, 2017)


Research Workshop: Documenting the Holocaust in Nazi-Occupied Poland: Considering New Sources
Monday-Thursday, September 11 – 14, 2017
Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

The International Institute for Holocaust Research and the Center for Research on the Holocaust in Poland at Yad Vashem, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Polish Center for Holocaust Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw are pleased to invite applications for a research workshop entitled Documenting the Holocaust in Nazi-Occupied Poland: Considering New Sources. The workshop will take place at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

The workshop will bring together scholars to present new, original, and unpublished research exploring the theme of new or under-utilized source materials. Participants are encouraged to consider types of primary sources that can provide a new picture of the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland—including archival documents, artifacts, original film footage and photographs, and oral histories. Participants will present their current research projects with special focus on methodological problems or challenges. Daily sessions will be comprised of research, presentations and discussion of the participants’ work. The workshop will be conducted in English.

Applications are welcome from scholars affiliated with universities, research institutions, or memorial sites and in any relevant academic discipline, including anthropology, archeology, art history, geography, film studies, history, Jewish studies, law, literature, material culture, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, comparative genocide studies, and others. Applications will be accepted from scholars at all levels of their careers, from Ph.D. candidates to senior faculty.

Applicants should specify in their applications the primary sources they utilize. All application materials must be submitted in either Hebrew or English and received no later than 1 June 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered after this date. Late applications will not be accepted. An application consists of:


1) A completed application form

2) A one-page abstract (300 words) in English

3) A preliminary list of relevant sources to be presented

4) A short academic biography (15–20 lines)


The organizers will cover round trip economy-class air tickets to/from Israel up to a maximum reimbursable amount calculated by home institution location. After the workshop, the organizers will reimburse the participants for their air tickets and the communal (Nesher) shuttle fares between Ben-Gurion International Airport and Jerusalem. Reimbursement will take up to two months. Ground transportation outside of Israel will not be reimbursed and we suggest participants apply to their home institutions for this expense. The organizers will cover hotel accommodation for 5 nights, with arrival scheduled for Sunday, 10 September and departure on Friday, 15 September. All breakfasts and dinners are included in the room reservation. Lunch will be provided at Yad Vashem from Monday through Thursday.


Send all application materials to:

Eliot Nidam Orvieto
The International Institute for Holocaust Research
Yad Vashem

Tel:  972-2-6443-480/ Fax: 972-2-6443-479


This program is made possible by a generous gift from the Tramiel Charitable Trust Fund for the Study of the Holocaust in Poland to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and is supported by Yad Vashem’s Center for Research on the Holocaust in Poland, the Aaron Gutwirth Fund, and the Danek Gertner Yad Vashem Scholarship.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network 2017 conference

The Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network announces its 2017 conference:

Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice
December 7-9, 2017
Columbia University, New York City

Deadline for submitting abstracts extended to June 20, 2017

Please note that we have a specific call for a panel on Genocide Prevention for which travel grants may be available.  Please email your submission as a single document to:


In considering the politics and policies of commemorating the past, this conference probes how public discourses about memory change over time. Papers that explore how the past is known, interpreted, conceptualized, or articulated, and how such representations evolve with the passage of time, are welcome. How has the passage of time changed the way memories of historical violence, atrocity and genocide are represented in the public sphere? In what ways do political, social and cultural forces influence, appropriate, or stifle these memories in different ways as the original event recedes into the more distant past? Related topics include the globalization of memory, and with it the increasing popularity of commemorative memorial practices. The proliferation of museums and memorials, the increase in confessional or memorial literature, and the surge of memory laws against Holocaust and genocide denial are some examples of the historical, cultural and legal phenomena that speak to questions of how individuals and communities remember. These modes of ‘making the past present’ speak not only to the passage of time and the forces of multidirectional memory, but also to the ways in which communities understand issues of justice and accountability, memory and amnesia, prevention and the culture of ‘never again’. This conference thus seeks papers that explore the ways in which communities negotiate narrativization of the past over time, and what the implications of such changes in public discourses of memory suggest in terms of present and future political realities, conflict transformation and atrocity prevention, and the role that history itself has in shaping or re-shaping the ways in which individuals and groups relate to the past and future.

The Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network ( is coordinated by an international Steering Committee and the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA), at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR), Columbia University.

Instructions for submitting abstracts for panels, roundtables and individual presenters are below. The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to June 20! Please note that we have a specific call for a panel on Genocide Prevention for which travel grants may be available.

Panel Submissions
Panels consist of a chair and three 20-minute papers or four 15-minute papers. The chair is expected to start the panel in a timely manner, to introduce each panelist (no more than 1 minute), to ensure that speakers keep to their allotted time, and to moderate the Q and A. More information about submitting an abstract can be found below.

Roundtable sessions consist of 4-5 discussants and a moderator, who participates more fully in the session than a panel chair would in a traditional panel. Participants in roundtables do not present or read formal papers, but rather engage in a discussion or exchange about a specific question, text, or issue. The focus of discussion must be clearly articulated in the abstract, and participants are expected to prepare their remarks in advance, even if the nature of a roundtable is less formal than a traditional panel.

Conference participants may deliver one paper and participate in one roundtable; they may not participate in more than one formal panel presentation. More information about submitting abstracts can be found below.

Using History in Genocide Prevention Panel
History and the examination of root causes of conflict are a critical long term line of defense against genocide and other identity based crimes or atrocities. While the work of genocide prevention experts focuses on important issues such as economic, political or security incentives, historical aspects of the conflict at hand—the identity of the stakeholders, their animosity towards each other, and other root causes of conflict—are viewed as something that should be set aside, even forgotten, but not engaged. This panel welcomes submissions from both practitioners and scholars that explore ways in which history has been or can be engaged as a form of genocide prevention. Topics can include, but are not limited to, education curricula, museums or media, journalistic and scholarly writings, commemorations and memorials, and other contexts that provide space for discussion and engagement regarding how issues of identity and history can be used in a prevention framework. More information about submitting an abstract can be found below.

Submission guidelines:
To submit a proposal for a panel, please prepare a 350-word abstract that includes the title of the panel and the panel’s scholarly rationale. The abstract should list the names and e-mail addresses for all participants (chair and panelists), a brief bio (2-4 sentences) of each individual, and a title and 100-word abstract of each paper included in the session.

To submit a proposal for a roundtable, please prepare a 350-word abstract that includes the title of the roundtable and the theme, question or challenge that the roundtable seeks to discuss. The abstract should also list all participants (discussants and moderator), their e-mail addresses and a brief bio (2-4 sentences) of each individual.

To submit a paper proposal, please submit a 350-word abstract that includes the title of your paper, a description of the topic you intend to discuss, your e-mail address and a brief bio (2-4 sentences). If you are interested in participating in the Genocide Prevention panel, please indicate this in your submission. Please note that travel grants may be available for participants in the Genocide Prevention session (and only for this session).

The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to June 20! Please e-mail your submission as a single document to

Acceptances will be announced (and e-mails sent) in August 2017. Please note that all rooms are equipped with basic A/V equipment (projector, screen and speakers) for presentation needs. Please have any digital presentation you have prepared saved to a flash drive and to your laptop for easy access. Please also note that no presentations can be made in absentia or by Skype; all presenters must be present and must be able to present in English. Please e-mail further questions to

CFP Historical Dialogues 2017


New ISG Board Members

The Institute for the Study of Genocide is delighted to announce the addition of two new board members, Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum and Douglas Irvin-Erickson. Professor Getgen Kestenbaum is an attorney and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she also directs the Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic and is Faculty Director of the Cardozo Law Institute on Holocaust and Human Rights. Her research focuses on genocide and mass atrocities prevention, the protection of vulnerable populations, and accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Professor Douglas Irvin-Erickson is Assistant Professor and Director of the Genocide Prevention Program at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, with research interests in the prevention of genocide and other forms of mass violence, international justice, and peace studies. More information on them can be found here.

Call for Papers for the upcoming IAGS conference, July 2017, Brisbane, Australia

Call for Papers for the upcoming IAGS conference, July 2017, Brisbane, Australia

The IAGS conference is open to any whose work connects with the study of genocide. We welcome scholars, activists, artists and survivors to examine genocidal violence from a wide range of disciplines and approaches.

The 2017 theme is ‘Justice and the Prevention of Genocide’ (please see the attached PDF flyer for more details on the Call for Papers). The conference website is: The call for papers link is: Please note that the deadline for submissions is 15 December 2016.

On the website, you will find information about coming to Brisbane, the venue (the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland), and information on how to submit your abstract. We welcome panels and suggestions for workshops also (please see the CFP link).

Some of our confirmed keynote speakers include:

· Prof. Alex Bellamy (head of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect)

· Prof. Robert Cribb (expert on cases of genocide in Southeast Asia, from the Australian National University)

· Prof. Lyndall Ryan (expert on the genocide of indigenous peoples in Australia, from Newcastle University)

· Mr. William Smith, AM (Deputy Co-Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia), and

· Dr. Pheobe Wynn-Pope (Directory, IHL and Movement Relations, the Australian Red Cross).

Information will also be made available soon about registrations and scholarships. If you have any questions, please get in touch! Email:


Dr Melanie O’Brien and Dr Annie Pohlman (co-convenors)


Call for papers “Remembrance and Forgiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Genocide and Mass Violence”

Call for chapter abstract submissions for a book titled, “Remembrance and Forgiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Genocide and Mass Violence,” to be published by Central European University Press in 2018. The book seeks to examine memory and forgiveness in the post-Holocaust era. Editors are Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic and Laura Kromják. Contact Laura Kromják at for more information. 

Lemkin Book Award Recipient Peter Balakian is named 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Peter Balakian, recipient of the 2005 Lemkin Book Award for The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, has been named winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his collection Ozone Journal. Congratulations to Peter! For more information, go here.

In Honor of Sheri P. Rosenberg (1967-2015)

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Sheri Rosenberg in Philadelphia on May 22, 2015. Sheri served as Executive Director of ISG; and before that as a Member of the Board.  The last two Lemkin Award Ceremonies were held at Cardozo Law School under her auspices.

Sheri was remarkable in her ability to pull together different groups of people and networks working toward issues of justice and human rights. She developed the clinic at Cardozo Law School on the Holocaust and Human Rights and held a series of  path breaking international conferences there.

Our sympathy is extended to her husband Gregg Kantner and three small children and to her entire family. She will be greatly missed by all of us.

Joyce Apsel, President of ISG
Helen Fein, Chair of the Board