Scholars and practitioners come to the study of conflict and recovery from a wide variety of disciplines. The definition, purpose, and utility of “theory” varies widely across and within these disciplines, creating challenges for interdisciplinary work and knowledge accumulation. In this learning platform, we will discuss the role of theory in understanding violence and recovery across disciplinary bounds. We will also discuss the relationship between theory and evidence, as well as the role of critical perspectives.
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Bear F. Braumoeller is professor of political science and director of the Computational Social Science community of practice under the Translational Data Analytics Institute at Ohio State. He previously held faculty positions at Harvard University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is or has been on the editorial boards of five major journals or series, and he is a past councilor of the Peace Science Society. In the summer of 2016 he was a visiting fellow at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway.
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Inés Valdez is a political theorist and an assistant professor of political science at The Ohio State University.
She is interested in the problem of racial, gender, and religious difference within political theory. Questions that animate her research include: How is difference constructed politically? What are its effects on subjects? How do subjects act politically in response to these constructions?
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The Recovering from Violence research cluster is an initiative of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. The cluster seeks to contribute to research and practice geared toward addressing genocide, crimes against humanity, widespread human rights violations, and other forms of collective violence. The cluster engages with conflict stabilization, transitional justice, human rights, development, collective memory, displacement, psychosocial wellbeing, peacebuilding, and reconciliation—guided by the firm belief that the impacts of violence are multigenerational and interconnected. Research is conducted in collaboration with local stakeholders in communities affected by violence and, as such, continually assess research ethics and best practices for decolonizing scholarship.