Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Political Turbulence PhD Workshop

24 February 2020–25 February 2020, 10:00 am–8:00 pm

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The workshop takes a broad perspective on the causes, dynamics and consequences of violent political turbulences.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Andreas Juon, Jennifer Hodge, Christopher Rickard and Sigrid Weber
andreas.juon.16@ucl.ac.uk; jennifer.hodge.18@ucl.ac.uk; s.weber.17@ucl.ac.uk


IAS Common Ground
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
United Kingdom

The civil wars in Syria and Yemen, the crackdown on peaceful protesters in Sudan and Hong Kong, and rising tensions between the US and Iran represent extreme cases of political turbulence afflicting civilians across the globe. The causes, consequences and solutions to these events often transcend international borders. This workshop, supported and hosted by UCL’s Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS), the School of Public Policy/Department of Political Science, and the Global Governance Institute (GGI), will bring together doctoral students working on armed conflict and political violence. The workshop addresses PhD students in order to encourage cooperation and critical engagement early in their academic careers and to ensure that such activities are fostered into the future. 

Please find the call for papers here. 

The workshop aims to address the following topics:

  • How can we understand and analyse conflict dynamics, such as escalation, diffusion, and termination, as well as post-war reconstruction? 
  • Which actors engage in violent and non-violent actions that disrupt institutionalized politics? How do international and domestic actors shape political turbulences and armed conflict?
  • What are the social and political consequences of armed conflicts and how do communities cope with experiences of violence?
  • Under what conditions—and how—are armed actors held to account after wars come to an end? What are legal, social, and economic long and short term consequences of armed conflict?

Please contact the organisers if you would like to attend this event and note that there may be photography and/or audio recording at some events. Please follow this FAQ link for more information. All our events are free but you can support the IAS here.

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