Seminar Guidelines

These guidelines are modeled after those used by the Virtual Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes 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. Regular eminar sessions will be open to the public and last for 60 minutes.
  3. They will be scheduled once a month and upon request.
  4. I will recruit 2-3 discussants (from Asia and the United States) to read each paper and offer feedback.
  5. Authors distribute their paper to me at least seven days in advance, and I forward it to the discussants. Papers can be either working papers or pre-analysis plans.
  6. Authors provide a ten-minute presentation of their work at the beginning of the sessions.
  7. 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 discussants and attendees to contribute.
  8. Discussants must have read the paper and provide feedback to the author. I expect reciprocity in that authors should be willing to discuss someone else’s research in the future.
  9. 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.

Many thanks to Kentaro Fukumoto, Yusaku Horiuchi, Shoko Kohama, and Atsushi Tago for all their excellent suggestions about how to structure the seminar series!