Narratives of Mass Atrocity (+ Cambridge: in press) Getting Free [Negotiation] (+UCAL: under contract)
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My research considers how corporations can atone for participation in mass atrocity. I also publish on negotiation and conflict pedagogy. www.sarahfederman.com
January 2020 - May 2022
- Peace and Conflict Specialist
Genocide studies considers the accountability various of perpetrators, as well as the needs mass atrocity creates. The inclusion of market actors, however, remains marginalized. This article considers factors perpetuating this marginalization and its costs, arguing for greater inclusion of market actors in genocide-related discussions. Relegating t...
While stories have circulated for millennia, narrative as a way of understanding and engaging with conflict is relatively new. Only since the 1990s, has the field seen a vast proliferation of narrative as applied to conflict resolution. (Cobb, 2013; Lara, 2007; Nelson, 2001) These scholars and others recognize that communities function so long as t...
Mass atrocity requires the participation of numerous individuals and groups, yet only a few find themselves held accountable. How are these few selected? This article offers a framework that is useful for understanding how the condemned often embody attributes that keep them in the spotlight. Because norms used to identify perpetrators can set the...
This new conflict resolution textbook offers a genealogy of the field demonstrating how various political challenges faced by the west gave rise to the field's diverse theories, approaches and research methodologies. Using articles that best demonstrate these ideas we present the field as three overlapping eras, or "Epochs." Epoch 1 (1945-1989)...
This article considers responses to U.S. slavery through the lens of transitional justice mechanisms. Government as well as universities are examined as sites of amends-making. Using this as a background, the article argues for a form of reparations not yet considered; free higher education for three generation of descendants of enslaved persons.
A conversation with the Sarah Federman about meaningful ways to deal with a difficult history.
Throughout the 1990s, advocates sought to ensure the future inclusion of women and girls both in the analysis of the effects of armed conflict and in peacebuilding processes. Their efforts came fruition; by the close of 2000, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 which added the gender lens advocates demanded; other related resolutions co...
This article discusses how corporate executives can respond when they inherit companies with dark histories. Published in the Harvard Business Review. For the published article visit: https://hbr.org/2022/01/how-companies-can-address-their-historical-transgressions
With the last Holocaust survivors quietly passing away, one might also expect to see accountability debates slowing to a trickle. Surprisingly, however, recent years show an upswing in corporate World War II-related atonement debates. Interest in corporate participation in mass atrocity has expanded worldwide; yet what constitutes ethical corporate...
The introduction to the book "Last Train to Auschwitz: The French National Railways and the Journey to Accountability." University of Wisconsin Press @ 2021.
This professional article about negotiation discusses how the training I received in the Harvard Business School needed to be adapted for students at the University of Baltimore. They helped me see the gaps in the methods and redesign the course to serve their deeper needs. The changes they inspired can serve many others interested in negotiation.
Prosecuting corporations for mass atrocity is difficult in domestic and international courts. This review essay explains why and proposes approaches for those interested in corporate accountability.
Mass atrocity requires the participation of numerous individuals and groups, yet only a few find themselves held accountable. How are these few selected? This article offers a framework that is useful for understanding how the condemned often embody attributes that makes them "ideal" perpetrators. Because unexamined discursive norms used to identif...
A more publicly accessible version of the article: Ideal Perpetrators- The Social Construction of Accountability - the case of the French National Railways published June 1 2018 in Security Dialogue. The blog summarizes the following: Mass atrocity requires the participation of numerous individuals and groups, yet only a few find themselves hel...
“Ideal Perpetrator” – Social-construction and Politics of Accountability: A Study of the French National Railroad (SNCF) Scholars increasingly consider the social construction victimhood and the impact of embodying the “ideal victim.” While victims and perpetrators remain discursively linked, the “ideal perpetrator” remains a less theorized positi...
In 1940, France, threatened with total annexation by Nazi Germany, signed an armistice agreement with Germany that placed the French government in Vichy France and divided the country into an occupied and unoccupied zone. The Armistice also requisitioned the rolling stock of the SNCF—French National Railways—which became a significant arm in the Ge...
Most of the studies on corporate accountability focus on the legal aspect. I'm looking for studies that focus on the lived experience on the ground and the aftermath. Thank you.
Hello all, surprisingly (to me) most of the research on social networks and poverty seems come out of the Europe, Asia and Latin America. In addition to Robert Putnam, is there anyone else you know doing case studies in the USA?
My colleague and I are working on a piece about making space for conservative or otherwise marginalized perspectives in the classroom. Any resources and/or opinions about how to do this?
I'm adding a week to my 2020 negotiation syllabus on President Trump's negotiation style. I'm adding a chapter of "The Real Trump Deal", but am interested in what you assign and how you address the disconnect between existing literature and his approach?
I'm also interested in other folks addressing this from conflict and other related disciplines.
I teach negotiation to mostly non-write adult students in Baltimore. I'm learning through books, seminars, and with their help how my whiteness makes so many aspects of my life easier. I want to share materials that are relevant to some of their specific challenges. We're learning together, but if you knew of anything in this area, I'd love to know more about it.
I just started as a professor at the University of Baltimore teaching conflict (ethnic, cultural, etc). Our masters students understand very well structural violence, racism, oppression, etc. Many live it daily.
Sometimes I feel like I'm just providing them with better vocabulary for their challenges. I keep asking myself - How can I teach conflict factors without leaving folks feeling there's no way out?
So, I ask you: who works well at the intersection of structural violence and personal agency?
If it's all structural then there's no hope for the individual, but to only point to personal power denies the existence of structural factors.
Who provides a "line of flight" (à la Deleuze) ?
This project considers meaningful responses to slavery U.S. that address the irreparable harm of the past as well as address the contemporary struggles of many descendant communities.
Realizing the need for a Conflict Resolution textbook that offers a genealogy of the field, we co-authors demonstrate that the myriad of approaches have histories and discourses which both constrain and enliven what they offer. The goal was a really exciting interdisciplinary anthology that can be used for undergrad through grad for a range of conflict-related courses. Three epochs (eras) of conflict resolution are examined through the associated theories,, practices, and research methodologies.