Junior Workshop 5:
This junior workshop aims to assist you in writing your junior paper (JP). The topic of the workshop is ethnic conflict. The goal of the first several meetings during the semester will be to establish an understanding of the main concepts related to ethnic politics and to discuss the main questions that dominate the literature. To that end, we will start with an exploration of the meaning of ethnic identity and the factors that motivate individuals to develop attachments to ethnic groups.
We will then turn to discussing when, why and how ethnicity matters in politics. We will read and discuss sample work which examine different types of ethnic conflict, ranging from ethnic violence in civil war to ethnic riots. During our meetings we also will discuss fundamental issues that relate to the process of developing a research paper, such as choosing a research question, developing an argument and presenting evidence.