Violence, Instability, and Peace (VIP) Workshop


A virtual workshop series for conflict and peace scholars to share their research.

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What is VIP?

The Violence, Instability, and Peace (VIP) Workshop is a virtual forum for scholars studying conflict, protest, crime, peace, and related topics to receive feedback on research-in-progress, including working papers and well-developed pre-analysis plans. The workshop is open to scholars from political science and related disciplines (e.g., sociology, economics, psychology, communication), and from across subfields.

Fall 2022

For our innaugural workshop series, we will be meeting on:

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Do you want to present your work? Come back in late fall, when we’ll open submissions for Spring 2023!

We will consider submissions of full papers (e.g., to be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, a chapter in an edited volume, or a job market paper) and well-developed research designs or pre-analysis plans. If accepted, you will provide a short presentation (about 5 minutes) and receive about 25 minutes of feedback from a discussant and attendants.

We are open to work from scholars at all career stages, although we particularly aim to provide opportunities for junior scholars and early career researchers, including pre-tenure and non-tenure track faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. We are also committed to promoting opportunities for scholars from historically excluded communities.

Do you want to discuss your peers’ work? Volunteer as a discussant here.

Scholars at varying stages of their careers (from advanced PhD candidates to tenured scholars) can serve as discussants, as long as they are willing to read research-in-progress and provide about 10 minutes of feedback. We will do our best to match you with a paper that fits your area of expertise.

Do you just want to stay informed and join us in listening to the great work of your colleagues? Sign up for our list serve here.


Our group holds a one-hour-long workshop-style forum on the second Thursday of each month. To accommodate scholars from across the globe, we alternate between two pre-determined times:

Sessions will be dedicated to providing feedback on two featured papers; accordingly, authors will only provide a short 5-minute presentation to provide an overview of the paper. Each paper will then receive 25 minutes of dedicated feedback from both a chosen discussant and other participants. Manuscripts will be circulated at least one week in advance, and all participants are expected to read them.

Program and attendance

[Fall 2022 program coming soon!]