Sramana Majumdar

"Violence, Identity and Self-determination: Narratives of conflict from the Kashmir Valley" 4:15 PM, Monday 18 Nov Room 239, BYC Bryn Mawr College

Exposure Index

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9/11 Murals and Tattoos: Making Memories and Reconstructing Icons

The theme for the 2009-2010 Asch seminars is Visual Culture and Conflict. To kick off the new series, Associate Director and Documentary Photographer Jonathan Hyman will be speaking on Monday, September 14th, on public expressions in response to the 9/11 tragedy. Hyman’s 9/11 photographs have been exhibited at Ground Zero, at the National Constitution Center, […]

Moshe Maoz and Ifat Maoz essays on the Arab-Israeli conflict

Israel's "separation wall" in the West Bank. Photo by Marc Ross.

Asch affiliate Moshe Ma’oz, and his daughter, Asch visiting scholar Ifat Ma’oz, both have articles in this week’s edition of Common Ground News Service – Middle East. Click the links below to read the entire articles.

Solving the Palestinian refugee problem: Is […]

The war’s over; now the real trouble starts

by Eranda Jayawickreme

There are good reasons to celebrate the Sri Lankan government’s final victory over the Tamil Tiger rebels last week. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were one of the most brutal and repressive terrorist organizations in the world, with a crypto-fascist ideology focused on the personality cult of their now-slain […]

Conflict and Visual Culture online galleries

Photographer Melanie Blanding is Asch's first featured artist. Learn more by clicking on one of her images at right.

Asch’s newest project is up and running! Under the direction of Associate Director for Conflict and Visual Culture Initiatives Jonathan Hyman, the Asch network is expanding to include photographers, fine artists and filmmakers exploring […]

Culture and Belonging in Divided Societies: Contestation and Symbolic Landscapes

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From cartoons of Muhammad in a Danish newspaper to displays of the Confederate battle flag over the South Carolina statehouse, acts of cultural significance have set off political conflicts and sometimes violence. These and other expressions and enactments of culture–whether in music, graffiti, sculpture, flag displays, parades, […]

Apologies and International Reconciliation – Asch seminar Monday 3/23/09

Jennifer Lind Dartmouth College

Governments increasingly offer or demand apologies for past human rights abuses, and it is widely believed that such expressions of contrition are necessary to promote reconciliation between former adversaries. Lind challenges the conventional wisdom by showing that many countries have been able to reconcile without much in the […]

Kaufmann on partition

Chaim Kaufmann, from Lehigh University’s International Relations department, spoke at Asch on February 24th. Here is a brief summary:

Academia, human rights organizations, and governments agree: partition is no solution to communal conflict. Indeed partition is just another name for ethnic cleansing Chaim Kaufmann has a radically different view, based on years of study of […]

Political Radicalization: Are We Winning the War of Ideas Against Jihadi Terrorism?

President Jane Dammen McAuliffe cordially invites you to a lecture by The Rachel Hale Professor in Science and Mathematics Clark R. McCauley “Political Radicalization: Are We Winning the War of Ideas Against Jihadi Terrorism?”

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 4 p.m. Thomas 110 – Bryn Mawr College

Reception to follow in […]

Chaim Kaufmann on Iraq after U.S. occupation

Expectations for what will happen if U.S. troops leave Iraq on schedule in 2011 range from a functioning federal Iraq to a client state of Iran to an even larger civil war to genocide. These expectations are based on different understandings of Iraq’s path from the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in April 2003 to where […]

Sri Lankan War Nears End, but Peace Remains Distant

Asch Summer Fellow Alan Keenan, who lives in Colombo and works for the International Crisis Group, is quoted in a February 18 New York Times article by Thomas Fuller.

Displaced ethnic Tamils, Feb 7, 2009.

TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka — Just north of here, after a string of recent victories, the Sri Lankan military […]