Workshop

Rural Radicalisms and the Politics of Order: Public Authority, Performance, and Precarity in Africa

On 12 February 2021, the Understanding Violent Conflict program held a paper development workshop on “Rural Radicalisms and the Politics of Order: Public Authority, Performance, and Precarity in Africa.” The papers are being prepared for publication in a journal special issue that is being co-edited by Tatiana, former SSRC board chair Michael Watts, UVC researcher Annalisa Bolin, and Koen Vlassenroot (Ghent University).

Transregional Planning Grants Virtual Development Workshops

From November 10–23, 2020, recipients of the 2020 Transregional Planning Grants participated in a series of virtual development workshops. The series was intended to encourage inter-group dialogue around the broad themes of ethical and practical considerations of collaborative research, and research in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the course of three weeks, a total of five 2-hour sessions were held, bringing together participants across 16-hour time differences and thirteen countries. Each workshop was facilitated by a leading social scientist with expertise in both research in the Indian Ocean region and the workshop series’ broad themes. Collectively, these scholars provided a …

Research Workshop on Disinformation, Democratic Processes, and Conflict Prevention

On January 30, 2020, the SSRC convened the second research workshop of its Academic Network on Peace, Security, and the United Nations in New York, an initiative of the Council’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) and its Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC) Program. This workshop, on “Disinformation, Democratic Processes, and Conflict Prevention,” examined the frameworks, findings, and debates in emerging scholarship on information disorder and the linkages between disinformation, elections, hate speech, and identity-based violence. Participants drew on cases in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The workshop also explored the ways in which disinformation affects the UN conflict prevention agenda, and how the UN …

Chad and the Region (New York)

On 27 January, CPPF organized an expert brainstorming on Chad and the Region. The meeting assessed recent developments in the region and explored opportunities for enhancing cross-border coordination of UN conflict prevention activities in Chad’s border areas.

Beyond the New Media: Deep Time of Networks and Infrastructural Memory in Asia

WORKSHOP DIRECTORS: Xiao LiuAssistant Professor, East Asian Studies, McGill Universityauroliu@gmail.com Shuang ShenAssociate Professor, Comparative Literature Department & Asian Studies Department, Pennsylvania State Universitysxs1075@psu.edu CALL FOR WORKSHOP PAPERS: It is said that we are now living in a “network society,” in which digital social media such as Twitter and Wechat, or information and communication technologies from smart mobile phones to portable minicomputers, form nodes and edges that knit everyone into interconnected networks. While digital and information technologies have indeed transformed the ways in which people interact with each other, the fetish of the “new” media and information technologies in this understanding …

African Peacebuilding Network Grantee Research Writing and Dissemination Training Workshop

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Next Gen) program held a week-long joint workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for the 2019 cohort of APN Individual Research Grant (IRG) recipients and the 2019 cohort of Next Gen fellows. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the University Dar es Salaam from December 9th to 14th, 2019. 15 APN Individual Research Grant participants benefited from lectures, working group sessions, and one-on-one dialogues with experienced facilitators, including senior scholars, and current and former APN Advisory Board members. The grantees met from December 11th to 14th, 2019. The …

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa joint Bi-Annual Fellows Workshop

The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Next Gen) and African Peacebuilding Network (APN) program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) held a week-long joint workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for the 2019 cohort of APN Individual Research Grant (IRG) recipients and the 2019 cohort of Next Gen fellows. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the University Dar es Salaam from December 9th to 14th, 2019. 24 Next Gen Proposal Development and Dissertation Research fellows were joined by six experienced and scholars and Next Gen board members in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for a four-day workshop event including …

African Peacebuilding Network and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa National Proposal Writing Workshop

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Next Gen) program held a national proposal writing workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Participants were given the opportunity to share their draft projects and research proposals with their peers and several experienced mentors. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the College of Social Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam from December 6th to 7th, 2019. 20 participants benefitted from lectures, roundtables, breakout sessions, and one-on-one sessions with experienced mentors and current and past members of both APN and Next Gen Advisory Boards. Some alumni of the …

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