Christian Davenport and I have just released the first call for papers for the CCVW (Conflict Consortium Virtual Workshop). You can find it at the Conflict Consortium website. We describe the Conflict Consortium this way:
[CC is] a virtual space to facilitate our collective production of knowledge about political conflict (e.g., dissent, repression, human rights violations, and all related phenomena). We are an inclusive, opt-in community of (wannabe) researchers and scholars who seek to use scientific methods to produce publicly distributed knowledge about political conflict.
What is a virtual workshop and why create one? We want to leverage technology to permit a small group of conflict researchers to provide high value feedback to a conflict researcher who wants to improve her working paper. Conferences, working groups, colloquia, and speaker series have been the standard vehicles performing this function for decades, but they are all geographically constrained. Internet tools like Skype, Google Hangout, GoToMeeting, etc. have made geography irrelevant (though time zones can remain a challenge). We believe that the CCVW will create a forum where researchers can get high quality feedback at near zero cost (carbon footprint is comparatively tiny), and that the field will benefit from it.
We have set the Fall 2013 CCVW to meet bi-weekly on Wednesdays, and we selected the 1:00 – 2:30 pm US East Coast time slot in the hope of being able to include people from as far West as Alaska and as far East as Central Europe and East Africa. There are only seven workshop slots available for the fall, and we have no idea how many applicants we will get, but we are excited to find out.
Lastly, to apologies to anyone in Turkey (where our host, sites.google.com has been blocked since 2009), here is a screenshot of the CFP.
Correction: I mistakenly posted the time for the CCVW as 9:00-11:30 am (EST). It meets from 1:00-2:30 pm (EST).