Prior Research Workshops

The Center for Global Studies began funding it’s Research Workshops program in the academic year 2014-2015.

We were proud to have funded the following Research Workshops:

  1. The Arab Spring and Globalization: Diffusion of Ideas and ModelsPrincipal investigators: Thomas E. Flores, Terrence Lyons, and Agnieszka PaczynskaWorkshop SummaryThe Arab Uprisings in Comparative Perspective is a full day research workshop which will take place from 9:30am to 5:00pm on Friday 7th November, 2014 in Founders Hall 111.

    The workshop will bring a group of preeminent scholars together to present short papers on the dynamics of social mobilizations in the societies of the Arab Spring and beyond. The morning and afternoon sessions will be divided by a Lebanese style lunch, during which Dr. Marina Ottaway will deliver a keynote speech on the state of research on globalization and contentious politics.

    This event builds upon ongoing work undertaken by a group of faculty and graduate students organized in the Project on Contentious Politics (PCP), based in the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (SCAR). Drs. Thomas Flores, Terrence Lyons, and Agnieszka Paczynska lead the group, which includes a year-long graduate seminar and a speakers’ series. The workshop will contribute to important debates regarding social movements, political diffusion, and comparative democratization. It will fulfill the Center for Global Studies’ mission by convening top scholars from the East Coast at Mason for a multi-disciplinary discussion of this complex set of events. The resulting set of scholarly papers will follow up as a special workshop at the International Studies Association (ISA) conference in February 2015 with an eye towards publication as a special edition of a journal or an edited volume.

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  2. Advancing Sustainable Peace and Development Through Education in the African Great Lakes RegionPrincipal investigator: Elavie NduraMarked by a long shared history of colonialism and cyclical intergroup conflicts and annihilating poverty, the nations of the African Great Lakes region (AGL) stand at a crossroads where every policy decision could impact many future generations. The proposed research workshop will elevate our understanding of the peace-development interconnection, and articulate conceptual and practical educational frameworks to advance sustainable peace and development in Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The research workshop participants will outline conceptual and practical frameworks from which to shape educational policies as the foundation for grass-roots movements for sustainable peace and development in the African Great Lakes region. By developing a comprehensive vision focusing on primary through higher educational systems, the workshop participants will contribute to the strategic planning and implementation of educational policies and practices that foster societal reconstruction and peaceful coexistence in post-conflict Burundi, Rwanda, and DRC.

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