The ECPR Standing Group on Political Violence is organizing a section entitled Political Violence: Identity and Ideology for the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference to be held at the Université de Montréal, 26-29 August 2015. Papers are now invited for submission via myECPR, the deadline is 16 February 2015.
Call for papers
Our principal aim is to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of scholars concerned with questions of political violence and its relationship to identity and ideology from both contemporary and historical perspectives. The section, comprised of four panels, will provide a forum for scholars to engage with a range of questions, including: How do ideological claims and identity commitments inform how violence is practised? Why do ideas that support violence become salient at particular moments in time and space, and how does this inform our understanding of cycles of contention? When do radical ideas facilitate mobilization, and how do they diffuse across contexts? How is the interaction between ideology and identity influenced by ideological leaders and to what effects? What impact do movement allies and adversaries play in shaping the ideological commitments and identity constructs implicated in political violence? In what ways do the identities and ideologies of violent opponents impact state responses? And how do ideological commitments constrain the scope of political violence?
We welcome papers that promise new insights from across the disciplines concerned with questions of political violence. Submissions can address conceptual and theoretical issues pertaining to ideology, identity, and violent politics; methodological approaches to understanding the complex interactions between these phenomena, including qualitative and quantitative perspectives; historical studies, and empirical and comparative analyses exploring the impact of ideological and identity commitments on how and why political violence emerges and declines. Papers may look at different forms of political violence, and the range of actors and contexts in which they are used, including social and protest movements, insurgencies, civil wars, terrorist campaigns, repressive regimes, and the behaviour of armies, police forces and militias.
By providing a multi-disciplinary forum to explore these issues, we seek to further debates over the role of ideology and identity in violent politics and to facilitate the dissemination of research presented at the conference through publication of selected papers from the section.
Please contact the section conveners with any queries:
Section Chair: Dr. Sarah Marsden: firstname.lastname@example.org
Section Co-Chair: Dr. William Thomson: wwt @st-andrews.ac.uk