Conflicts 2018 @ Bremen

Call for Participation – Learning by Doing (PDF), closed

We cordially invite junior researchers (advanced MA students or higher*) to apply for participation in the CSS summer school on data-driven modeling of conflict to take place at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) from 23 July to 3 August 2018. Women are especially encouraged to apply! Researchers with decent topical background in social science are encouraged to apply!

The CSS summer school serves as a research incubator aimed at fostering the use of data-driven methods in the social sciences and developing a contribution to the research fields of conflict. During the summer school, you will work in one of eight teams of five people on a specific research project. Each team consists of three junior researchers and two senior experts/supervisors, one with strong methodological expertise in CSS and the other with strong expertise in conflict research. Each team will work through the whole research process with the aim to prepare a manuscript for scientific publication.

Each project combines CSS methods with a research focus on conflict. This may involve the data-driven modelling of the onset, development, or duration of violent or non-violent social conflicts. It may make use of simulations and predictions, or it might focus on the consequences of conflict, for instance its relation to migration and social cohesion. A special focus shall be given to methodological approaches fostering predictive models.

Applicants are not required to have advanced knowledge of the programming language R. For all those not familiar with R or who want to refresh their R-skills, we offer an optional two-days introductory workshop starting on 21 July 2018.

Learn more about the general summer school concept, the focus on conflicts and CSS methods of the 2018 school, as well as check our expert team and the pre-defined projects they offer by following the links. Participants are welcome to propose an own project idea.

Venue and accommodation

The summer school will take place from 23 July to 3 August 2018 at Jacobs University in Bremen (Germany) in a vibrant and international setting. Accommodation will be provided in shared two-room apartments on campus. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included for all participants.

Due to generous funding we are happy to offer a substantive number of travel grants within certain limits. However, we welcome applications with funding of travel and accommodation through another institution.

Registration fee

We raise a registration fee of 100 Euro per participant. If you are a full-time student, the fee is reduced to 50 Euro and if you are a resident of a low-income country, the fee can be waived.

 

 

Call for Experts – Research Incubator (PDF), closed

We cordially invite applications for participating as an expert and supervisor in our computational social science (CSS) summer school on data-driven modeling of conflict to take place at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) from 23 July to 3 August 2018.

The summer school will serve as a research incubator aimed at fostering the use of computational methods in the social sciences and developing a topical contribution to the field. Eight teams of five people will be working on a specific research project. Each team will consist of three junior researchers (MA/PhD/early Postdoc) and two senior experts/supervisors, one with strong methodological expertise in CSS and the other with strong topical expertise in conflict research. The goal is to train the 24 participating junior researchers in CSS methods and to give them hands-on expertise in a cutting-edge research project on conflict using CSS methods. Each team will work through the whole research process with the aim to prepare a manuscript for scientific publication. Depending on its quality, the resulting output may be published in an edited volume or the special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

Each project should combine CSS methods with a topical focus on conflict. This may involve the data-driven modelling of the onset, development, or duration of violent or non-violent social conflicts. It may make use of simulations and predictions, or it might look into the consequences of conflict, for instance its relation to migration and social cohesion. A special focus shall be given to methodological approaches fostering predictive models. We intend to tackle a blend of research questions pre-defined by the experts and research questions proposed by the junior participants of the summer school. The chosen experts for the summer school will closely work together with the organizers in preparing the call for participation at the summer school and in the selection process of the junior participants. Travel expenses (economy class) and accommodation during the summer school will be covered for experts/supervisors. A symbolic honorarium can be granted.

To apply, please submit the following material in one pdf file by 17 September 2017.
Deadline extension: Please submit your material by 15 October 2017 at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bigssscss2018 (Review of application will start then, and notification is expected for end of October/ beginning of November):

  • Proposal for a project to be carried out in one team at the summer school (incl. a description of potential data and methods) and/or a summary of your expertise in CSS in case you intend to participate as a methods expert (2 pages max.). Applications as a team of two with a common project idea are welcome.
  • CV (incl. list of publications)

The summer school on conflict in Bremen is part of a series of summer schools financed by the Volkswagen Foundation as part of its program International Research in Computational Social Sciences. It will be followed by a summer school on migration in Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy) in 2019, and a summer school on social cohesion in Groningen (Netherlands) in 2020.