I can’t speak for anyone else, but I am in need of a jolt of good news. And I am delighted to report that 18 junior scholars provided Christian Davenport and I with just such a jolt when they recently submitted their work as candidates for the Spring 2016 edition of the Conflict Consortium Virtual Workshop.
We both had fun reading through the papers this weekend. There are a large number of bright, talented young researchers out there who are doing interesting, innovative work, asking new questions, proposing new theories, collecting new data, and so on. I want to publicly thank the 18 people out there who submitted their work: you brightened a couple of grumpy senior scholars’s weekends!
Regrettably we could only accept six papers. But Christian and I are not fans of rejection, and since we created the CC generally, and CCVW specifically, to foster better conflict research, we make sure that nobody goes home empty handed. For some we are going to be putting together mini virtual workshops for which we will recruit two or three scholars to provide feedback on the paper. For others, either Christian or myself will provide the author with written feedback.
Inevitably, our energy and time are finite. We would love to host more workshops, but hope that our endeavor to create some side VW’s will contribute to the growth of a vibrant and stronger conflict research community. So be forewarned, folks, you may soon here from me with a request to do a small VW on an interesting paper for a junior researcher who could use your feedback.