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.
Sule Yaylaci (UPenn), co-author: Chris Price (Bates College) “Collective Targeting of Violence and Identity Shift: Evidence From Bosnia”
Discussant: Baylee Harrell (University of Kentucky)
Nihad Aboud (University of Essex) “Affiliation and Jihadist Rhetoric Dynamics: The Case of Boko Haram”
Discussant: Emma Boyle (Penn State Harrisburg)
Frank Wyer (Naval Postgraduate School) “Who’s to Blame? How Postconflict Violence Affects Public Support for Peace”
Discussant: Juan Albarracín (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Lucía Tiscornia (University College Dublin), co-authors: Ines Fynn (Universidad Catolica de Montevideo), Veronica Perez Bentancur (Universidad de la Republica), Gustavo Diaz (McMaster University), “In the Crevices of the State: Criminal Governance in Contexts of High State Presence and Low Violence”
Discussant: Nicholas Barnes (University of St Andrews)
Sean Paul Ashley (Dartmouth) “Wartime Institutions and the Durability of Rebel Regimes”
Sigrid Weber (Stanford) “Where to flee? Exploring household-level destination choices and political integration during displacement in the Kasai, DRC”
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We 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.
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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.
Our workshops are one-hour-long sessions 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.
May 4, 8am PST/11am EST/4pm GMT - Register here to join via Zoom
“The Inter-State Dilemma of Transnational Repression: Origin State Strategies and Host State Variation” by Connor Kopchick (The University of Maryland - College Park)
Discussant: Myunghee Lee (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies)
“Returning Home: Child Soldiers, Cleansing Rituals and Reintegration in Uganda” by Allen Kiconco (Wits University)
Discussant: Rebecca Tapscott (Geneva Graduate Institute)
April 6, 8am PST/11am EST/4pm GMT
“Effects of Conflicts on Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from Mexico” by Anousheh Alamir (European Centre for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics)
Discussant: Marco Alcocer (Predoctoral Fellow, ITAM and Innovations for Poverty Action; PhD candidate, University of California, San Diego; Academy Scholar, Harvard University - fall ‘23)
“Addressing Contentious Variance: Networks, Urban Space, and Collective Action in a Syrian Uprising, 1979–1982” by Motasem Abuzaid (University of Oxford)
Discussant: Daniel Solomon (PhD Candidate, Georgetown University)
March 9, 8am PST/11am EST/4pm GMT
“The Public Response to Threats of Violence Against Elected Officials” by Alexandra Filindra (The University of Illinois Chicago) & Laurel Harbridge-Yong (Northwestern University)
Discussant: Elsa Voytas (I.E. University)
“Political Assassination, Elite Cues and Trust in Institutions: Quasi-Experiment from Tunisia” by Mohamed-Dhia Hammami (Syracuse University)
Discussant: Mariana Carvalho (Brown University)
February 9, 8am PST/11am EST/4pm GMT
“The Political Economy of the Heavy Hand: How Poverty Reduces Politicians’ Incentives to Reform Security Policies” by Andrea Junqueira (Washington University in St. Louis)
Discussant: Jessie Trudeau (Brown University)
“Coercion and Capture in Democratic Politics” by Andres Uribe (The University of Chicago)
Discussant: Alex Braithwaite (The University of Arizona)
December 8, 8am PST/11am EST/4pm GMT
“How Does the Geography of Surveillance Affect Collective Action in the Occupied Palestinian Territories?” by Sandra Penic (University of Geneva)
Discussant: Emily Ritter (Vanderbilt University)
“How Corporatist Institutions Shape Criminal Violence: Evidence from Mexico’s Nucleos Agrarios” by Elena Barham (Columbia University)
Discussant: Alma Bezares Calderón (Whittier College)
November 10, 12pm PST/3pm EST/8pm GMT
“The Economic Roots of Violence: The Unintended Consequences of Colombia’s Close Peace Referendum” by Andrés Felipe Rivera-Triviño (Universidad Javeriana-Cali) & Paula Zamora-Raiño (Texas A&M University)
Discussant: Michael Weintraub (Universidade de los Andes)
“Support from Afar? The Logic of Diaspora Sponsorship to Rebel Organizations” by Sara Daub (University of Maryland & The Hertie School)
Discussant: Jessica Soedirgo (The University of Amsterdam)
October 13, 8am PST/11am EST/3pm GMT
“Violence Against Women and Political Participation in Mexico” by Angie Torres-Beltran (Cornell)
Discussant: Jamie Shenk (Harvard University)
“Taking to Kill: The Lethality of Hostage-Taking in Civil War” by Blair Welsh (Essex)
Discussant: Jori Breslawski (Tel Aviv University)