Nils Weidmann is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz. Previously, he has held research fellowships at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, Yale University and Princeton University. His research deals with violent and non-violent conflict, with a particular focus on the impact of communication and information technology.
Professor Weidmann’s presentation will focus on how Automated Text Analysis may be used for coding (violent) events. His talk will be followed by an additional short input by Eva Wegner who will briefly present further areas of application of machine coding before the floor will be opened up for a broader discussion of the potentials and limits of Automated Text Analysis.
The workshop series is organized by RT3 "War and Peace Processes" in RP2. The general idea of the series is to facilitate discussions on methodological approaches that currently (seem to) experience increasing popularity in comparative politics as well as peace and conflict research more specifically. Lectures are not meant as an actual methodological training. Rather, the objective is to introduce approaches/tools and discuss their applicability and value added for research at GIGA’s focusing on peace and conflict studies. Lectures are open to participation for all interested GIGA colleagues.
The following workshops are planned for 2015 (further workshops may be planned, depending on budget availability):
- May: "Experiments´", Prof. Dr. Cyrus Samii, New York University
- June: "Natural Experiments", Dr. Miquel Pellicer, GIGA
- July: "Data Visualization", Prof. Dr. Richard Traunmüller, University of Frankfurt