Rethinking Peace Studies II: Memory

March 27-28, 2015
Riverside Church
New York, NY

We are looking forward to an engaging and productive two days together in New York City. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Paul Hastings at

Seminar Reading Materials

The seminar will pivot around reading materials compiled by the organizing committee. We expect participants to read all of the seminar materials before arriving in New York. For those who have requested, we will send a printed and bound copy of the readings in the mail. If you have not yet requested a hard copy and would like one, please click here.

Click here to download the readings.


Stephen Bronner, Rutgers University
Carolyn Forché, Georgetown University
Danielle Goldberg, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders
Salah Hassan, Cornell University
Paul Hastings, Japan ICU Foundation
Alex Hinton, Rutgers University
Nela Navarro, Rutgers University
Makiko Oku, Rutgers University
Leigh Payne, Oxford University
Nitin Sawney, The New School
Giorgio Shani, Internationl Christian University
Marita Sturken, New York University
Wilhelm Vosse, Internationl Christian University
Natasha Zaretsky, Rutgers University
Yael Zerubavel, Rutgers University

Seminar Proceedings

The seminar will take place over a two day period (see schedule below), during which time participants will engage with seminar material and with each other. Unlike typical academic conferences, participants will not be asked to present papers. Instead, discussions will be built around the seminar materials, and will be led by Alex Hinton and Giorgio Shani.

The seminar structure is purposefully loose in order to allow for a natural dialogue. As a "think tank" we hesitate to define how our dialogue might unfold. Rethinking is after all an exercise intended to eliminate, to the extent possible, preconceptions. In addition, we have purposefully invited a diverse group of academics and practitioners who will approach the material and subject from unique perspectives. We will, however, be concerned with how the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of Memory Studies might be useful within Peace Studies, and vice versa.

Along with reading the material provided, we ask participants to prepare answers to four prompts that stem from the readings. In order to jumpstart dialogue, the moderators will be asking participants to respond to these questions. They are,

1) What does it mean to rethink?
2) What are we rethinking?
3) What is one question that emerged from the readings?
4) What is one passage that struck a chord with you, and why?

In addition, we will ask everyone to give a brief introduction at the beginning of the seminar that touches on the question, "what was your path to peace/memory studies?"

Also, we will be employing Chatham House Rules, in order to allow for participants to share ideas freely. Then, we will be inviting participants to submit articles for inclusion in the culminating conference that will be held at ICU in the fall of 2016. A selection of these articles will make up an edited volume.

Seminar Schedule

Please use the Claremont Avenue entrance to Riverside Church. Our meeting room is in the tower, on the 20th floor.

Day 1 - March 27

9:00am - 12:00pm - Morning session
12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunch @ Columbia University Faculty House
1:30pm – 4:00pm – Afternoon session
4:00pm – 6:00pm – Group activity (optional)
6:00pm – 8:30pm – Dinner @ Pisticci

Day 2 - March 28

9:00am - 12:00pm - Morning session
12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunch @ Bernheim and Schwartz
1:30pm – 4:00pm – Afternoon session
4:00pm – 6:00pm – Group activity (optional)
6:00pm – 8:30pm – Dinner


Non-local participants will be staying at the ALoft Hotel in Harlem. The ALoft is a convenient 15 minute walk to Riverside Church.