Workshop Guidelines

Find below our workshop guidelines. They are modeled after those used by the Conflict Consortium Virtual Workshop — which are, in turn, modeled after Charles Tilly's rules for his Workshop in Contentious Politics.

  1. The overriding purpose of the virtual workshop is to improve the research being discussed. A good comment doesn't just point out a weakness in the project, it also suggests what could be done to make it better. Erudition displays are discouraged.
  2. Authors do not present their work. Instead, they distribute their paper at least seven days in advance. Working papers to be presented in the workshop should be complete and reasonably polished drafts.
  3. One of the discussants provides a brief critique of the work to get us started. The author is given an opportunity to respond.  Then the floor is opened for the other participants to contribute.
  4. We will post a screenshot of the session on the VWAR site unless one of the participants objects.
  5. Participants must have read the paper and provide feedback to the author.
  6. We expect reciprocity in that authors should be willing to discuss someone else’s research in the future.
  7. In addition to oral comments, discussants are encouraged to email written comments to the author after the workshop to communicate specialized knowledge (citations, technical points that could not be covered verbally) or to point out issues that did not receive sufficient attention during the workshop session.