Virtual Coffee Hour
The virtual coffee hour is a Peace, War, and Social Conflict section event for a member to present their work, share their experience, ask questions, and receive feedback. Recording of the virtual coffee hour is available on @ASA_PWSC, in this webpage, and on YouTube.
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June 13, 2023. Fighting Better: A Constructive Conflict Approach to Improving American Democracy (Prof. Kriesberg)
Dr. Louis Kriesberg. Syracuse University
Prof. Louis Kriesberg from Syracuse University discusses his new book "Fighting Better." In this book, Prof. Kriesberg looks at how conflict shapes inequality in the US and how to fight for equality constructively.
May 11, 2023. Outsourcing Repression: Everyday State Power in Contemporary China (with Prof. Lynette Ong)
Dr. Lynette Ong. University of Tornoto
How do states coerce citizens into compliance while simultaneously minimizing backlash? In this coffee hour, Prof. Ong will discuss her recent book Outsourcing Repression (2022, Oxford University Press) which has won the International Studies Association Human Rights Section Best Book Award. In this book, she examines how the Chinese state engages nonstate actors to coerce and mobilize the masses for state pursuits, while reducing costs and minimizing resistance. She draws on ethnographic research, a unique and original event dataset, and a collection of government regulations in a study of everyday land grabs and housing demolition in China. Theorizing a counterintuitive form of repression that reduces resistance and backlash, Prof. Ong invites us to reimagine the new ground state power credibly occupies.
March 29, 2023. Decolonising the Sociology of Peace and War: Exigency and Future Directions
Dr. Lea David, University College Dublin
Dr. James Fenelon, California State University, San Bernardino
Dr. Fatma Müge Göçek, University of Michigan
and Dr. Yaejoon Kwon, Reed College
moderated by Syeda Masood, Ph.D. Candidate at Brown University
In answering sociological questions about peace, war, and social conflict we have often overlooked the imperial milieu many sociologists are part of and the ways in which coloniality imprints on our theories. As we aspire towards a more just and peaceful world, distinguished scholars are calling to decolonize our discipline and they caution us against several aspects of "doing sociology." First, research based on Euro-American history and experiences is generalized to provide universal answers. Second, transnational connections between the imperial metropole and the formerly/currently colonized spaces and the impact of these connections on social patterns are understudied. Third, how experiences of colonization and racism relate to peace, war, and social conflict is generally overlooked. Lastly, our theories pay little attention to the role of the imperial and post-imperial societies that we are also part of – e.g., North America and Western Europe - in waging, creating, and supporting wars.
December 10, 2021. Aid Imperium: US Foreign Policy and Human Rights in Post-Cold War Southeast Asia
Dr. Salvador Santino Regilme, Leiden University
Does foreign aid promote human rights? As the world’s largest aid donor, the United States has provided foreign assistance to more than 200 countries. This presentation discusses the key arguments and findings from the recently published book Aid Imperium: United States Foreign Policy and Human Rights in Post-Cold War Southeast Asia (2021, University of Michigan Press, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Book Series). The core argument maintains that the convergence of donor and recipient governments’ interests as well as the domestic legitimacy of the donor government shape physical integrity rights outcomes.
November 15, 2021. After Genocide: Memory and Reconciliation in Rwanda
Dr. Nicole Fox, California State University Sacramento
October 29, 2021. Lessons from "The Arab Spring Abroad": Diaspora Activism Against Authoritarian Regimes
Dr. Dana Moss, University of Notre Dame
March 8, 2021. Teaching Peace in Troubled Times
A panel by Laura Heideman, Selina Gallo-Cruz, Lisa Leitz, and Michelle Gawerc.
February 26, 2021. Misconduct and Accountability Gap in Outsourcing Military Functions: A Unique Feature or a General Trend?
Dr. Ori Swed, Texas Tech University
December 9, 2020. Shaping Memory: The Effects of Memorialization on Communities and Intergroup Relations
Presented by Ashley Reichelmann
Her research explores how individuals learn about the meaning, and interpret representations, of past racial violence, and how the content and placement of such representations affect individuals, communities, and intra/intergroup relations. Over the past three years she has collected data on the social impact of representations of racial violence in Virginia and Alabama. Her work has three intertwined objectives to: (1) identify and typologize the meaning-making strategies (i.e., related to interaction, family, education, etc.) that individuals utilize to interpret representations; (2) illuminate the ways that social position (i.e. race, class, gender, etc.) matters in the interaction and interpretation processes; and (3) determine how representations impact individuals and surrounding communities on social, emotional, and political levels.
November 9, 2020. Global Social Theory: Laying the Foundations for a Peaceful Global Culture
Presented by Dr. Lester Kurtz
Global Social Thought is an investigation into alternatives to classical Western social theory, an exploration of "The Great Books of the Nonwestern World" and contemporary Nonwestern scholarship. Given the current effort to address structural racism in our global community, the time is ripe to move forward with this project. Human knowledge is so profoundly influenced by the social context in which it is constructed that our theories should not be based exclusively on reflections of the Euro-American experience that provides the foundation for modern social sciences. This project is a collaborative effort that grew out of a workshop on Building Bridges designed to facilitate building alliances between whites and nonwhites to fight racism
October 20, 2020. Incongruent Boundaries: How Intergroup Antagonism Persists in Times of Structural Change, Colombia 1958-2017
Presented by Laura Acosta, Northwestern University
Using a combination of newspaper articles, in-depth interviews and archival records, the author studies the evolution of social and symbolic boundaries between landlords and small farmers throughout the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries in Colombia. The analysis reveals that major urbanization and economic growth in the mid- twentieth century radically transformed social relations between landlords and small farmers. Yet, these identities endured and reproduced in the cities. Over the years, interpretations of episodes of violence reaffirmed old biases that became hard to challenge because social groups, as imagined in cultural narratives, no longer interact with each other.
June 12, 2020. Literary Reception as a Medium to Study Double Consciousness under Colonization
My research focuses on literary reception under war and occupation. It is based on 14 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Kabul, Afghanistan among book clubs and oneon-one interviews with book readers. Using Elizabeth Long’s theory that subjectivity is fashioned through reception of cultural objects (2003) and W.E.B.DuBois’ theory of double consciousness (DuBOis 1903, DuBois 1940, Itzigsohn and Brown 2015) which posits that the subjectivity of a colonized subject is split, and through my fieldwork I will show that the reading of books largely meant for European or American readers, while living under occupation, young Afghans who I worked with explicitly manifested double consciousness.
June 12, 2020. The Killer Next Door: Ethnic Violence and Group Relations in India
Dr. Raheel Dhattiwala
Perpetrators of mass violence are often neighbors and, in politically supported violence, rarely convicted. By implication, victims are compelled to continue living alongside them for years after the violence. I examine intergroup relations in context of such heterogenous neighborhoods in India. The topic of my work faces consistent political and academic censorship in India; career advice would also be welcomed.
April 17, 2020. The Language of Peace: Cultural Diffusion in Peace Process Agreements
Presented by Dr. Andrew Davis
Manuscript coauthors: Alexander Kinney and Kyle Puetz
Text-modeling techniques demonstrate that the semantic structure of peace treaties has undergone significant shifts from 1975 to 2018 with world society-based language related to human rights discourse becoming institutionalized into the world’s peace processes over time. Our findings suggest that this language begins to emerge in topic models and the network structure of the text most strongly at a key historic juncture, the end of the Cold War (1990/1991).