The Centre for the Comparative Study of Civil War is proud to launch a new Civil War Paths seminar series. The series features contributions from leading scholars in the study of social movements, state formation, insurgent organisation, and civil conflict. Further details of each seminar are given below, along with information for those wanting to attend.
November 10th 2021
The Civil War Paths Project
Anastasia Shesterinina is Director of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Civil War at the University of Sheffield. Her past projects explore the internal dynamics of armed conflict: focussing on social mobilisation, ex-combatant demobilisation, and civilian protection norms. As principal investigator on the Civil War Paths project, her present research seeks to understand the relational pathways that connect civil conflicts, from pre- to post-war stages.
December 8th 2021
Narrative Identity and the Experience of Violence
Discussant: Dr Toni Rouhana (Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Civil War Paths)
Wendy Pearlman is Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University. Professor Pearlman has written widely on processes of mobilisation in Palestine and Syria, the logic of Israeli coercion strategies, and the lived experience of forced migration. Her current work extends the latter theme and focusses on the meanings of home and belonging among Syrians displaced by war.
February 9th 2022
Social Movements and Civil Wars
Discussant: Dr Hanna Ketola (Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Civil War Paths)
Donatella della Porta is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center on Social Movement Studies at the Scuola Normale Superiore. She has led research on social movements, political violence, corruption, and policing. Her present research reflects on popular organisation in response to the crises of the last twenty years in Europe: questioning how these contribute to democratising European politics.
March 9th 2022
Rebel Group Formation in Africa
Discussant: Eduardo Álvarez-Vanegas (PhD Researcher, Civil War Paths)
Janet Lewis is Assistant Professor in Political Science at George Washington University. Her research centres on clandestine violence and state formation, focussing on sub-Saharan Africa. Her recent book examined how rebel groups form, and why many fail. She continues to work on armed conflict – as well as the spread of information through social networks, and state capacity in peripheral regions.
April 27th 2022
Into and Out of the Coup-Civil War Trap
Discussant: Dr Anastasia Shesterinina (Director, Centre for the Comparative Study of Civil War)
Philip Roessler is Margaret Hamilton Associate Professor of Government and Director of the African Research Center at William & Mary. His research investigates conflict and state-building in sub-Saharan Africa, including work exploring the link between coups and civil war. Ongoing projects address questions relating to spatial inequality, the impact of digital technologies, and competing foreign aid regimes.
May 25th 2022
Mapping Civil War Cases
Discussant: Michael Livesey (Research Assistant, Civil War Paths)
An update on the Civil War Paths case-mapping process, and introduction to case studies selected for in-depth qualitative research, one year into the project.
Centre for the Comparative Study of Civil War fellowships
Seminars will be accessible for Civil War Paths project team members, colleagues at the University of Sheffield, and fellows of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Civil War. They are held online via Google Meet, from 15:00-17:00 (UK time). Meeting links will be circulated in advance.
Centre fellowships are designed to enable those outside the University of Sheffield to interact with, and contribute to, the work of the Civil War Paths project. Fellows can attend seminars and workshops hosted by the Centre, as well as disseminate their own research through our project blog. Follow the links below to find out more about the fellowship scheme, or to apply to become a fellow. We will be accepting fellowship applications until 1st November 2021.
N.B., applications for our fellowship scheme have now closed (1st November 2021). We may reopen the fellowship scheme in future.