Arnhold Symposium
on Education for Sustainable Peace

Arnhold Symposium 2015


"Education and Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa"

New York City: October 29 and 30, 2015

The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) and The New School for Social Research were pleased to invite all interested parties to the Arnhold Symposium on Education for Sustainable Peace 2015, which took place on October 29 (GCRI) and October 30 (The New School).

Critical scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines working on the complex relationship between education and armed conflict in sub-Saharan Africa gathered 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 allowed, 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
  • Elisabeth King, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University
  • Mario Novelli, 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
  • Susan 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






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