Schelling and Axelrod:
Models of Ethnocentrism and Diversity
Metropolitan University, UK.
7th – 8th, 2017.
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
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.
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convergence and global polarization. Journal of Conflict
Hammond, R.A. & Axelrod, R. (2006). The evolution of
ethnocentrism. Journal of Conflict Resolution,
Schelling, T.C. (1971). Dynamic models of segregation. Journal
of Mathematical Sociology, 1:143-186
Those wishing to present
work should submit a short abstract (max. 1000 words) to
email@example.com by 7th April. Abstracts
will be reviewed for relevance. Topics may include, but
are not limited to:
- Presentation of
novel modelling results or on-going work
- Reviews, critiques
or interpretations of existing models or approaches
- Empirical results
and studies that may inform, or be informed by, models
- Challenges, future
research directions, interdisciplinary collaboration proposals
Format of the
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.
- Abstract submission
before end of April 7th (e-mail to
notification: April 21st.
- Finalisation of
speakers, panels and detailed
programme: May 19th.
- Workshop event
comprising two half-days: June 7th 1pm-5pm and June
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.
- Bruce Edmonds,
Centre for Policy Modelling, Manchester Metropolitan
Lessard-Phillips, Institute for Research into Superdiversity,
University of Birmingham (L.Lessard-Phillips@bham.ac.uk).
- David Hales, Centre
for Policy Modelling, Manchester Metropolitan University
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.