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2012 - Northeastern Political Science Association Words: 234 words || 
1. Trosky, Abram. "Of the People, by the People, and for other Peoples? Moral violence and the state in the political philosophy of Howard Zinn" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Omni Parker House, Boston, MA, Nov 15, 2012 <Not Available>. 2018-07-21 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Melding libertarian, communitarian, and cosmopolitan sentiments, Howard Zinn’s political philosophy tempers profound skepticism of governmental power with the sustaining hope that popular movements and the action of individual conscience will increase human freedom globally. The rare historian who disavowed objectivity in historical research and writing, he embraced the “bias” of humanism in both the selection and depiction of his subjects.
Zinn’s philosophy of historical change amalgamating Marxist, democratic socialist, and anarchist thought leaves questions regarding these principles’ appropriate application. As an activist, Zinn was adamant that we, the people, should do something. But because his prescriptivism comes primarily in the form of critique and resistance, it is difficult to give a Zinnian answer the basic political philosophic question, “What is to be done?”—How to positively build peace with the state in constant opposition?
This ambivalence is especially evident in the realm of international relations. Zinn was ardently anti-war but disavowed the pacifism and passivity of the political left, without saying much publically about the territory between. As observed in the Occupy and Arab social movements, Zinn remains an icon of both reformists who espouse nonviolent direct action, and revolutionaries who advocate meeting unjust force with force. My contention in this paper is that Zinn’s patchwork allegiances suggest a more nuanced understanding of the morality of violence and the mechanisms of historical change than regularly appreciated.

2016 - AAS-in-Asia, Kyoto Words: 241 words || 
2. Kamo, Tomoki. "The People’s Liberation Army in the Local People’s Congresses: What do the Delegates of the Local People’s Congresses Represent?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AAS-in-Asia, Kyoto, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, <Not Available>. 2018-07-21 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: The main purpose of this research is to expose political functions of the delegates to the local people’s congresses in China. It focuses on the local people’s congress delegates selected from the circles of the People’s Liberations Army (PLA).
Earlier research on the delegates of the Chinese local people’s congresses focuses on this function of information gathering and reveals the delegates’ functions as agents, remonstrators, or representatives.
Using the data from the Jiangsu Province Yangzhou City People’s Congress from 1998 to 2015, this research examines how the information gathering function of the local people’s congresses has changed over the last decade or so. In particular, analyzing the contents of the bills submitted to the people’s congress by the delegates selected from the PLA circles, this research depicts how the PLA has gradually started expressing its demands through the people’s congresses over the last decade.
At the end of the 1990s, the PLA never submitted bills to the local peoples congresses. In regards to this reason, an individual familiar with the local people’s congresses responded that “even if the PLA had any demands it did not submit bills since it was able to solve these issues within its own system.” However, in the recent years, the PLA has been submitting its requests to the people’s congresses in the form of bills. This research explores the political meaning of the change in the relationship between the local people’s congresses and the PLA.

2011 - 35th Annual National Council for Black Studies Words: 197 words || 
3. Umoja, Akinyele. "Building People to People contact with Haiti" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 35th Annual National Council for Black Studies, The Westin, Cincinnati, OH, Mar 16, 2011 <Not Available>. 2018-07-21 <>
Publication Type: Individual Presentation
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Georgia State University Department of African-American Studies (GSUAAS) co-sponsored an initiative to increase people-to-people contact and ongoing relationships between African-American organizations and institutions in metropolitan Atlanta and grassroots organizations in Haiti. We brought representatives from Haitian grassroots organizations to Atlanta to participate in training sessions for organizations and institutions in the metropolitan Atlanta community. The educational tour was designed to provide information to organizations, institutions, educators and students for ongoing projects and communication with their peers in Haiti. We are also brought a representative from the Haiti Action Committee and the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund to Atlanta to meet with community, institutions and organizations, churches, and student groups to facilitate this effort. The GSUAAS partnered with the Haiti Initiative of First African Presbyterian Church, the Jegna Collective, the Center for African Biblical Studies, Community Aid and Development, Inc., the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, the Latin American and Caribbean Community Center, the U.S. Human Rights Network, the African Community Centers for Unity and Self-determination and the Kilombo Cultural and Educational Institute in this initiative. Out of the collaboration and the sessions a community coalition was organized for solidarity with Haiti called the “Haiti Will Rise Again Coalition”

2012 - Eighth Annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Words: 65 words || 
4. Sibii, Razvan. "When a People Marry Another People: A Critique of Contemporary Romanian History Textbooks" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eighth Annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, <Not Available>. 2018-07-21 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Blending Critical Discourse Analysis with an ethnomethodological close reading of contemporary Romanian history textbooks, this presentation argues that the “Romanian identity” that is created by – and performed through – those texts is a violent, exclusionary and ultimately oppressive construct. For each instance of strategic deployment of language that I identify as having negative effects on the textbooks’ young readers, I argue for feasible alternatives.

2013 - ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting Words: 136 words || 
5. Solomon, Johanna. "Contact in Hearts and Minds Diplomacy: Psycho-Social Change in People to People Peace Dialogue Programs" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC–Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel, Jul 04, 2013 <Not Available>. 2018-07-21 <>
Publication Type: Paper (prepared oral presentation)
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: People-to-people peace programs are a mainstay of track two and citizen diplomacy efforts worldwide. They are especially relevant in addressing the inter-personal dynamics of long-standing or intractable conflicts by creating environments of positive contact. In addressing Israeli-Palestinian tensions, over eighty such organizations exist both within diaspora and on-the-ground communities with support and funding through USAID, USIP, ALMEP and the UN. Using psycho-social variables measured qualitatively and quantitatively at multiple time points, this study tracks changes in prejudice, empathy, perspective-taking, knowledge of the other, and efficacy in individuals participating in two people-to-people Jewish - Muslim peace dialogue programs. Specifically, this paper investigates how differences in these programs lead to differences in the magnitude, and presence or absence, of targeted statistically significant effects. Finally, implications for how these differences nuance contact theory and inform dialogue efforts are discussed.

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