Speaker Series

Schedule Spring 2019

24 January
“United Nations Peacekeeping Locally: Strengthening conflict resolution mechanisms, reducing communal violence?”
Hannah Smidt, Research Fellow, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

7 February
“Does indiscriminate violence fuel religious conflict? Evidence from Kenya”​
Costantin Ruhe, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Goethe University Frankfurt

4 April
"To which victor go the spoils: Explaining which factions take power after regime change"
Peter Krause, Associate Professor of Political Science, Boston College

2 May
“The political consequences of wartime sexual violence: Evidence from a list experiment”​
Belén González, Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Mannheim

16 May
“Monitoring via the courts: Judicial oversight and police violence in India”
Courtenay Conrad, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California-Merced

5 June (note the date)
“The power of denouncement in invisible crises”
Atsushi Tago, Professor of Political Science, Waseda University

For the 2011-2018 lectures, see Previous Speaker Series.

Upcoming events

7 February

“Does indiscriminate violence fuel religious conflict? Evidence from Kenya”​
Costantin Ruhe, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Goethe University Frankfurt

Constantin Ruhe is Assistant Professor of Political Science with a Focus on Quantitative Empirical Research Methods at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is also an associated researcher at the German Development Institute and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. In his research, he studies armed political violence and its effect on individual attitudes and group dynamics, (forced) migration, conflict management and conflict resolution as well as quantitative research methodology. Constantin Ruhe relies on a variety of innovative methods such as Bayesian estimation techniques, electronic surveys, and agent-based modeling. As part of his methodological work, he has developed software tools for duration models. His work has been published in Political Analysis, International Interaction, the Journal of Peace Research, and the Stata Journal.

The talk will be held at 12.00-13.30 in Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3 and is open to the public. Welcome!

Past events

24 January

‘United Nations Peacekeeping Locally: Strengthening conflict resolution mechanisms, reducing communal violence?’ Hannah Smidt, Postdoctoral Fellow, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Hannah Smidt is a postdoctoral fellow and research team leader at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, Germany. She completed her doctorate at University College London in May 2017 and previously held a post-doctoral position at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on democratization and election processes in war-torn countries and UN peacekeeping operations. She has conducted fieldwork in Côte d’Ivoire in order to examine local perceptions and activities of peacekeeping. Her research has been published in the Journal of Peace Research and won several academic prizes, including the Cedric Smith Prize (British Conflict Research Society), the Dina Zinnes Award (International Studies Association) and the PhD Paper Award (University College London).