ICNC has organized a number of ICNC-led academic seminars at different universities around the world in response to faculty and students’ interest in civil resistance studies and to support teaching and research in this subject area at particular institutions.
ICNC usually invites proposals from academic institutions to host ICNC academic seminars during the year, although we welcome unsolicited requests from academic institutions. The goal of these seminars is to introduce civil resistance discipline to interested local faculty and students and, by doing so, encourage and help host universities to integrate civil resistance into their existing coursework, develop new academic modules and self-standing courses on civil resistance and promote research in this area of studies.
These free-of-charge seminarse intensive, often 2- to 4-day long programs (occasionally we hold one-day academic seminars) led by ICNC instructors that cover generic topics on civil resistance, often including, but not limited to:
- What is civil resistance, basic concepts & definitions in civil resistance studies
- The historical record of civil resistance & what makes civil resistance effective
- How civil resistance works: strategies and tactics, tactical innovation & conflict analysis tools
- How civil resistance movements respond to repression and why repression against movements sometimes backfires
- How and why civil resistance movements may induce defections from their opponent’s supporters
- External actors and civil resistance
- Civil resistance and democratization
- Historical and contemporary cases of civil resistance
Information for Potential Host Institutions
What ICNC offers host institutions
ICNC offers host institutions an academic seminar with developed curriculum on civil resistance. Seminar duration typically ranges from two to four full days of teaching. Instructors include ICNC staff, ICNC academic advisors and other collaborators. ICNC selects presenters based on the specific nature and goals of the academic seminar. The 90-minute sessions of the seminar usually run from 9am till 5pm with breaks in between.
All instructors’ fees and travel costs are covered by ICNC.
ICNC also develops tailored e-classes to enrich the live seminar experience. These online classes offer access to additional in-depth reading and video resources relevant to the course material covered during the seminar. Many of these resources are drawn from ICNC’s comprehensive Academic Online Curriculum, a free online library of resources related to civil resistance. The resources remain available for seminar participants indefinitely. E-class materials are instrumental in helping faculty members develop their own curriculum following the seminar.
ICNC further offers post-seminar assistance and support to faculty members wishing to incorporate civil resistance into departmental curriculum and research. We aim to help faculty members develop innovative curriculum on civil resistance, much of which has been road-tested by ICNC at a range of academic venues.
What is expected of host institutions
Recruitment of participants: After ICNC confirms the selection of an academic institution to host an ICNC seminar, the host institution will be expected to recruit faculty and students to participate voluntarily in the seminar through an open call. (A sample call for participants can be downloaded here. The host institution may modify this call for participants to meet its particular needs.)
Minimum of participants: ICNC requests that host institutions ensure a minimum of 30-35 participants will attend the seminar for its full duration.
Facilities and catering: Host institutions are expected to provide appropriate facilities with teaching aids (e.g., a computer with PowerPoint, projector, audio speakers, flip charts, etc.) and some catering during the event.
Meeting with key faculty and senior university administrators: The host institution will be expected to arrange a meeting during the seminar for ICNC senior staff with key faculty and university administrators to facilitate discussion about curriculum and research development in the field of civil resistance studies at the host institution.
Optional: Host institutions may decide to award academic credits or provide certificates of attendance to the participants who attend ICNC seminars, but neither is a requirement.
2016 Academic Seminars
2016 ICNC Academic Seminars hosted by:
- University of Toronto, February 27-28, 2016
- Leeds Beckett University, April 18-20, 2016
- Flacso, Quito, Ecuador, June 9-11, 2016
- University of Brasilia, Brazil, August 22-24, 2016
- Hekima College, Kenya, September 20-22, 2016
- Forman Christian College, Pakistan, September 26-27, 2016
2015 Academic Seminars
2015 ICNC Academic Seminars hosted by:
- European Humanities University, May 14-16, 2015
- University of Sarajevo, May 11-12, 2015
- IPSI/SAIS Bologna, July 9-10, 2015
2014 Academic Seminars
2014 ICNC Academic Seminars hosted by:
- New York University, February 28-March 2, 2014
- IPSI/SAIS Bologna, July 24-25, 2014
- Yale University, September 25-26, 2014
- Collegium Civitas, October 22, 2014
2013 Academic Seminars
2013 ICNC Academic Seminars hosted by:
- Foreign Service Program, Georgetown University, November 15, 2013
- United States Institute of Peace, November 14, 2013
- St. Andrews University, October 23-25, 2013
- IPSI/SAIS Bologna, July 4-5, 2013
- Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), May 12-May 14, 2013
- Uppsala University, May 10-May 12, 2013
- Dartmouth College, April 13, 2013
- ICNC/Rutgers-Newark Online Course, February 18-April 5, 2013
American University, February 8-10, 2013
2012 Academic Seminars
2012 ICNC Academic Seminars hosted by:
- ICNC/USIP Online Course, October 20 – December 8, 2012
- George Mason University, August 20-December 3, 2012
- IPSI/SAIS Bologna, July-5-6, 2012
- CEU Summer University, July-9-13, 2012
- European Peace University, June 11-13, 2012
- The University of Cambridge, May 1-4, 2012
- ICNC/Rutgers Online Course, April 23-June 5, 2012
- Rosario University, April 17-20, 2012
- The University of the Basque Country, March 16, 2012
- The University of Deusto, March 13-15, 2012
- The University of Sydney, February 20-22, 2012
- American University, February 10-12, 2012
- University of Amsterdam, January 5-8, 2012
2011 Academic Seminars
2011 ICNC Academic Seminars hosted by:
- School of Law, Hong Kong University, October 10-13, 2011
- Central European University, September 8-12, 2011
- George Mason University, August 29-December 5, 2011
- Virginia Tech University, January 12-14, 2011
2010 Academic Seminars
2010 ICNC Academic Seminars hosted by:
- Euro-Mediterranean University, November 8-12, 2010
- United States Institute of Peace, October 19-December 9, 2010
- ICNC Seminar in Ramallah, West Bank, October 14-16. 2010
- Academic Teacher Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey, July 25-27, 2010
- Council of Europe Summer University, June 28-30, 2010
- Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, GA, May 21-22, 2010
If your institution is interested in hosting ICNC academic seminar please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.