2022 In-Person Dissertation Workshop: Political Violence (Comparative Politics)

Political Violence (Comparative Politics)

DEADLINE: June 10, 2022 | Apply here!

This workshop will be held in-person at the 2022 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 14 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. All candidates must be pursuing their Ph.D. in political science. In order to apply you must be an ABD (all-but-dissertation) PhD candidate who has successfully defended a dissertation proposal.


Political violence has become one of the forces reconfiguring the trajectories, geographies, nature, and economies of countries around the world. As brought to the fore by the 9/11 attacks and responses to it, politically-driven violence can assume grim dimension, and can also change the ways of the world in many ramifications. Also, as evidenced in the refugee crises in the recent times, the brunt of political violence could be borne by society that may not even be directly involved in it. Political violence is all-encompassing, including a variegated issues such as terrorism, genocide, occupation, invasion, torture, capital punishment, police brutality, rebellion, insurrection, electoral violence, coup d’état, wrongful imprisonment, illegal detention, forced eviction, rioting, revolution, mass killings, civil war, counter-insurgency, denial of statehood, exclusion and even denial of citizenship. Despite growing interconnectedness of the world and ascendancy of democratic ideals in the world, political violence continues to be a recurring decimal, with debilitating effects on peace, security, and the economy. The rampancy and debilitating effects of political violence makes it a compelling area of research focus by researchers in the humanities and social sciences. But researching political violence, and writing dissertation on it on it, could be challenging. This dissertation completion workshop seeks to improve the skills of graduate students in identifying and unpacking challenges associated with dissertation writing on all areas of political violence. It seeks to shed more light on the nature and forms of contemporary political violence and how to go about researching them for the purpose of writing good dissertation. In essence, the workshop sets out to take students through the mills of report writing to doctoral students in furthering the quality of their dissertation on political violence.

Manuscripts are invited on the following, but not exhaustive, areas in political violence.

  • Ethnic politics and violence
  • Rioting, revolution, and rebellion
  • Electoral violence
  • Civil wars, communal violence, insurrection, and uprising
  • Insurgency and counter-insurgency
  • Terrorism, mass killings and genocide
  • Police brutality
  • Coup d’états and democratic reversals
  • Invasion, forced eviction and unprovoked attacks
  • Political exclusion, citizenship, and statehood denials
  • Illegal detention, capital punishment

The leaders will draw on their rich pedigree to organize a stimulating workshop. The workshop shall be organized into two broad sessions. We shall focus the first session on general tips on doctoral dissertation, especially writing of introduction, doing literature review, setting the theories, research methods, result analysis, discussion of findings and drawing conclusions and making recommendations. The second will dwell on extensive discussions and feedback on the chapters submitted by individual student. Lastly, facilitators will provide useful tips on professional development such as job placement, publications, and grant opportunities.

More information about APSA’s Dissertation Workshops can be found here.