2019 - 2020

Nov 9 to Nov 10, 2019

Democracy and War

This workshop will look at the relationship between civil war violence and democracy. The subject bridges current research in international relations and comparative politics. 

December 1, 2019

Markets, Connections and Economic design: Theory and Experiments

*Date TBC

This conference aims to bring together both micro-theorists and experimentalists working on the aforementioned issues, and to foster a conversation between two groups of researchers whose contributions are certainly not mutually exclusive. The conference will be inclusive rather than exclusive, and for this reason the topics listed in the title are broad enough to encompass a wide range of contributions.

Jan 18 to Jan 19, 2020

Politics of Nuclear Proliferation: Theory and Evidence

The conference aims to bring together prominent scholars from around the world who study various aspects of nuclear proliferation and prevention, including non‐proliferation and arms control, information and verification, effective use of economic sanctions, and recent developments regarding North Korean nuclear program. 

Mar 22 to Mar 24, 2020

Common and Uncommon: What is Comparative Political Theory?

The conference will focus on the methodological that comparative political theorists have been grappling with, namely, how to understand the idea of comparison. What does it mean exactly to compare concepts? How do we know or decide that certain concepts are ‘equivalent’? Does it matter whether the contexts in which concepts are developed and used are very different? Can concepts be compared not only across space but also across time? 


April 1, 2020

Pilot Workshop on Academia and Advocacy/Activism

*Date TBC

Can an academic, especially a social scientist, be neutral? Is objectivity an academic myth? Should academics separate moral judgments and political views from the classroom? Isn’t social change a part of what academia is about, especially in the social sciences? Shouldn’t our research aim to influence policy? Is the curriculum important if it is not relevant to bringing about change on the ground?

April 1, 2020

Migration Industries and Infrastructures Actors, Networks, and Systems of Cross‐Border Movement in North America and Asia 

*Date TBC

What can we learn by comparing migration flows in North America and Asia? While the business of migration is booming, it takes on different configurations across the globe. This workshop will bring together experts on North American and intra-Asian migration to explore how insights from the migration canon speak to new sending and receiving country contexts in Asia and the Gulf, and in how these new insights, in turn, enrich the broader migration scholarship.