Scholars at the University of Maryland have decided to initiate a workshop for the study of "contentious politics": repression, human rights, protest, civil war, genocide, politicide, everyday resistance as well as interstate conflict.

Directly borrowing from a similar workshop at Columbia University, organized by Charles Tilly, the objectives and format are rather straightforward:

  • to improve our understanding of contention all over the world;
  • to sharpen our theoretical and methodological tools to understand the phenomenon; and,
  • to promote interdisciplinary communication among researchers from various fields who are interested in many parts of the globe.

The format for the workshop is as follows:

  • one paper (with a one-page memo outlining what specifically is desired from the reading audience plus a maximum of 50 pages, including notes and end matter) is distributed one week prior to each session;
  • two critics and a moderator are selected;
  • at the designated session, critics open with ten-minute critiques of the paper, the author then replies briefly, followed by a period of question-and-answer

Workshop Organization Committee: Christian Davenport, Mark Lichbach, Jillian Schwedler, Jack Goldstone,   and Paul Huth


University of Maryland
0139 Tydings Hall

CIDCM Conference Room
College Park, MD

Spring Semester: Every Other Wednesday, 11:00am-12:30pm