“Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention” Authors Meet in NYC

NEW YORK, September 26, 2013 – A group of scholars and national and international policy practitioners gathered this week for a workshop at Manhattan’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where they discussed their contributions to a forthcoming volume on the prevention of mass atrocities, tentatively titled, “Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention.”

“This book is going to be a valuable resource for very diverse audiences: practitioners, students and academics,” said AIPR Executive Director Tibi Galis. “The collection will underscore the tensions in our understanding of the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities and will offer a new direction to the field–one that focuses on mid-term prevention strategies rather than short-term responses that construct prevention mainly as crisis management.”

Based on the February 2013 conference, Deconstructing Prevention, the volume is expected to contain 21 chapters and will be co-edited by Tibi Galis, Cardozo Law professor Sheri Rosenberg, and consultant Alex Zucker. As the editors state in their proposal for the book:

To date there has been no attempt to address the topic of atrocity prevention from the theoretical, policy, and practicing standpoints simultaneously. The existing literature has not caught up with the realities of contemporary atrocities and practical prevention work as it has developed over the past decade and a half. This is symptomatic of the emerging field of atrocity prevention and illustrates the need for a book that seeks to reconstruct and develop a meta-narrative of prevention, viewed through the lenses of theory, policy, and practice.

Authors attending the workshop, in alphabetical order, were Tomas Borovinsky, Bridget Conley-Zilkic, Scott Straus, Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, Jennifer Leaning, Dana Luck, Ed Luck, Deborah Mayersen, Dwight Raymond, Kelly Rooney (on behalf of Owen Pell), Sheri Rosenberg, Johanna Vollhardt, Jennifer Welsh, and Kerry Whigham.