Conversations featuring Prof. Yael Zeira
Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:15 PM
Virtual event via Zoom
Prof. Zeira will discuss her project 'The Ethnicization of Civil Conflict' based on research she has conducted with Alexandra Siegel, University of Colorado-Boulder. Ethnic conflicts are often seen as especially violent and
intractable. But how and why do some conflicts become ``ethnic"? While
scholars of ethnic politics often point to the ``ethnicization" of
conflict, systematic empirical evidence demonstrating this process of
ethnicization, and explaining when and why it occurs, remains rare. This
project fills this gap through a large-scale, systematic study of the sources
and dynamics of ethnicization and de-ethnicization in the case of the ongoing
conflict in Syria, as well as in broader comparative perspective including
Yemen, Iraq, and Ukraine. Employing a new conceptual and methodological
framework for studying identity change, we systematically trace the prevalence
of ethnic, non-ethnic and counter-ethnic rhetoric within a given conflict over
both time and space by applying machine learning methods to social media data.
Because ethnic rhetoric both reflects and shapes the strength of ethnic
identities, our approach also provides the first, truly dynamic, time-sensitive
measure of the shifting salience of ethnic identities during conflict.
Sponsored by PARCC
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