Education and Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Education and Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa
Arnhold Symposium 2015 in New York City

When?            October 29 to 30, 2015
Where?          German Center for Research and Innovation and The New School for Social Research, NY, NY

The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, the German Center for Research and Innovation and The New School for Social Research are pleased to invite all interested parties to the Arnhold Symposium on Education for Sustainable Peace 2015, at which critical scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines working on the complex relationship between education and armed conflict in sub-Saharan Africa will gather in New York City to present their research.  The effects of armed conflict on education have been thoroughly documented and include destruction of school infrastructure, forced migration and exodus of skilled people such as teachers, and diverted state funding. The effects of education on armed conflict, however, are less well understood. Rather than seeing schooling as a panacea, we need to understand the meaning of education as it actually exists in various contexts if we are to understand the complex relationships between formal education, the fragility of states and armed conflict. Forging, in the course of the Symposium, a shared, detailed view of the diversity of educational experiences across the cases to be presented will allow us, in the spirit of peace studies, to more clearly understand both how education may help produce and reproduce unjust or structurally violent political systems and how it may act to create more just and peaceful social and economic prospects for sub-Saharan Africa.


§  Jaimie Bleck, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame
§  Helen N. Boyle, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Florida State University
§  Anders Breidlid, Faculty of Education and International Studies, Oslo University College
§  Andrew I. Epstein, independent research consultant
§  Eva M. Harman, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University
§  Hannah Hoechner, Institute of Sociology, Université Libre de Bruxelles/Department of International Development, University of Oxford
§  Elizabeth King, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University
§  Mario Novelli, School of Education and Social Work and Centre for International Education, University of Sussex (keynote address)
§  Laura J. Quaynor, College of Education, Lewis University
§  Jennifer Riggan, Historical and Political Studies Department, Arcadia University
§  Garnett Russell, Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University
§  Susan Shepler, School of International Service, American University
§  Krystal Strong, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

REGISTRATION: There is no registration fee. Please send an email to Martina Schulze at <> to receive an invitation and additional information on the event’s schedule. Please note that numbers are limited and attendance is on a first-come-first-served basis. For information and updates on the event, please consult <> .