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Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE)

Director: Peter Bearman

606 Knox Hall

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The Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) at Columbia University cultivates public intelligence concerning socially and culturally vital ideas that can be advanced by research, education and conversation at the interdisciplinary seams that the social sciences share with the humanities, the sciences and one another. INCITE launched in October 2012 and runs the research, education, and training activities of the former Paul F. Lazarsfeld Center for the Social Sciences.

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The Project on Large-scale Conflict

Using comprehensive data on the Northern Ireland "troubles" - a civil conflict that took more than 3,500 lives over a 32 year duration - the project attempts to understand the group-level "logics of violence": how violence in war results from the simple fact that military and paramilitary groups are interacting and using violence as a language of communication; why this makes militarized groups not always ready for peace (because they have killings to which they have yet to respond); and how the spatial distribution of violence follows from these facts.

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