Prof. Stathis Kalyvas (Yale), Prof Donatella della Porta (EUI) and Prof Elisabeth Wood (Yale) were among the key international scholars of political violence who spoke at the Workshop on Typologies of Political Violence that I co-organised recently with Lorenzo Bosi at the European University Institute in Florence. The workshop on 13-14 May drew together scholars based in Europe and the United States to discuss the ways in which we typologise political violence and to suggest new approaches. The keynote address, ‘What is the Big Picture? Trends in Political Violence’, was delivered by Prof. Stathis Kalyvas on the first day of the workshop. The second day was devoted to papers by senior and early career scholars as well as PhD students based at the EUI. Prof Donatella della Porta (EUI) spoke on ‘Militant networks in clandestine political violence’ while Prof Elisabeth Wood (Yale) discussed ‘Dimensions of Political Violence: Repertoire, Targeting, Frequency and Technique’ (co-authored with Francisco Gutierrez Sanin of IEPRI).
Other speakers included Valeria Pizzini Gambetta (Oxford), Stefan Malthaner (EUI), Luis de la Calle Robles (Juan March Institute), Yvan Guichaoua (University of East Anglia) Francis O’Connor, Leonidas Oikonomakis, Juan Masullo and Nicole Jenne (all EUI). Discussants included Diego Gambetta (EUI), Olivier Roy (EUI) and Kevin Bean (Liverpool). I was particularly glad to meet two NUI Galway graduates currently doing PhDs at the EUI from a social movements’ perspective, Francis O’Connor (who gave a paper at the workshop) and Donagh Davis.
The event was financially supported by the Irish Research Council and the ECPR (through the Standing Group on Political Violence) and hosted by the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the EUI. The next Standing Group event will take place at the ECPR General conference in Bordeaux in September where we will hold the first general meeting of the group and where the Group is running a section on ‘Political Violence in Time and Space’ that includes nine panels with scholars from across Europe and North America.