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

Tired of paper and pencil questionnaires about integration and intergroup contact? Try the new and improved EXPOSURE INDEX (click tab above on this page).

Insider information on the Gaza War

The author of this Jerusalem Post column is Gershon Baskin, Co-CEO of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information. Excerpt:

Several weeks ago I wrote that the war in Gaza “may have really been a ‘war of no choice.’” Following the recent leaks from the talks about the “imminent” release of Gilad Schalit, I […]

How words could end a war

Jeremy Ginges, Asch Summer Fellow, with Scott Atran has contributed an op-ed piece in the New York Times (Sunday, January 25) on the importance of symbolic gestures in international relations. “There is a moral logic to seemingly intractable religious and cultural disputes. These conflicts cannot be reduced to secular calculations of interest but must be […]

“Whatever it takes”

Asch Summer Fellow Diane Perlman’s open letter to President Obama regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict has been published in the Huffington Post. She is organizing a group, CONFLICT ANALYSIS PROFESSIONALS FOR ENDURING SECURITY, to develop interdisciplinary strategies and communicate with the media and policymakers. Her website is

Dr. Perlmans can […]

South Asia after Mumbai

Major General Muniruzzaman, former Chief of Staff in Bangladesh, speaks to David Frost on political and security issues in South Asia. The interview begins at 5:30 on the video:

Peace & Conflict Studies at Swarthmore

We’re adding a new link to our list: the new website of Swarthmore’s Peace and Conflict Studies program. The PCS coordinator is Asch affiliate Lee Smithey, who will be speaking at the Asch Seminar on April 6th, 2009. Here’s the description from their homepage.

At levels from the interpersonal to the global, the Peace and […]

Nonviolent Action and the Struggle for Land: Experiences in India and Brazil

Kurt Schock (Associate Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University) Monday, November 24, 2008, 4:30 p.m.

Scheuer Room Kohlberg Hall Swarthmore College

Prof. Kurt Schock <> is author of /Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies/ (University of Minnesota Press). “He is currently researching land reform and land rights movements in the global south. He is examining […]

Faculty position at Haverford College

Haverford College is seeking a faculty member at the rank of advanced assistant professor or above for a tenure-track position in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights/Peace and Conflict Studies (PJHR/PCS) to start in the fall of 2009. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a social science discipline with an area studies focus and a proven […]

The Strategic Use of Emotion in Conflict; Asch seminar on November 17th, 2008

Roger Petersen, MIT

Many ongoing conflicts, especially those involving Western intervention, can be characterized in terms of a type of “game” with a fairly stable set of actors, preferences, and rules. At certain junctures, actors use emotions to change the set of actors, reshape preferences, and alter the rules. Actors […]