Beyond Schelling and Axelrod:

Computational Models of Ethnocentrism and Diversity

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
June 7th – 8th, 2017.


Ethnocentrism, a positive orientation towards those with the same ethnicity and a negative one towards others, is widely observed in human societies. Several (computational agent-based) social simulation models show how interactions between individuals emerge aspects of ethnocentrism such as in-group bias based on ethnic markers (Hammond & Axelrod 2006); local cultural homogeneity combined with global polarisation (Axelrod 1997); and racial segregation (Schelling 1971). These models have influenced on-going research that inherits similar frameworks and assumptions.

The workshop will spotlight on-going work influenced by, or in response to, these modelling directions. In addition we welcome critical position statements and critiques of the assumptions that such models embody, as well as relevant empirical studies.


Abstract submission

Those wishing to present work should submit a short abstract (max. 1000 worlds) to by 7th April. Abstracts will be reviewed for relevance. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Format of the workshop

Speakers will be allocated 20 min. followed by 10 min. for questions. In addition, panels will be organised around specific issues, raised by the presentations. Panellists will be given 5 min. to present their position followed by questions and discussion from the audience. The detailed programme will be finalised by 19th May 2017.

Important dates

Journal special issue

After the workshop we plan to organise a special issue of a relevant journal on the subject of the workshop including articles based on the best presentations at the workshop. Also, depending on the outcome of the panels and discussion, we may coordinate a collective position / review article to accompany the special issue.


Location, transport and accommodation

The workshop will take place in Rooms 5.02 and 5.05 at The Business School & Student Hub Building, All Saints Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH, UK. Maps of the location can be found here along with transport and accommodation information.