Sarah Federman, PhD
Sarah Federman joined CNCR after spending over three years in France where she researched the role of the French national railroad in the transport of deportees during World War II and the present-day conflict in France and the United States regarding that role. She interviewed 120 individuals, including eighty survivors as well as lawyers, ambassadors, legislators, historians, archivists, railway workers and executives. Through this research she sought to enrich the present-day discussion by including more marginalized voices and examining the train company's shifting narrative about itself.
Her interest in narrative and the role of language in conflict extends beyond the French railroads; her blog (Language of Conflict), scholarly presentations and praxis all engage with questions involving the intersection of narrative and conflict.