The end of (political science) theory? Between explanation and prediction, Workshop organised by the SISP Standing Group ‘METRISP’, LUISS, 14-15 May 2020.

The “Metodi della Ricerca per la Scienza Politica” (MetRiSP) standing group of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP) will hold a two-day applied methods workshop at LUISS University in Rome on May 14-15, 2020 with the title “The end of (political science) theory? Between explanation and prediction”.

The workshop will gather applied researchers from Milan, Luiss Rome, Turin, Essex, Oxford, Lucerne, and Michigan. The speakers will address the problems and challenges arising from the increasing availability of computational, machine-learning tools, and the possibilities of integrating such tools in a theory-rich political science perspective.

The workshop is specially catered for PhD students, who will be given opportunities to discuss their research projects and network with the speakers and other MetRiSP members. Moreover, two slots of the workshop will be reserved for the public presentation and discussion of the Ph.D. research projects selected by the admission panel.

For the event, the MetRiSP Standing Group in collaboration with Luiss is pleased to offer Ph.D. students up to 4 scholarships to cover travel and accommodation expenses up to 400 euros. Candidates can be at any stage of the PhD; the admission panel will select on the premise of project creativity, methodological diversity and other criteria (e.g. gender representation).

In order to apply for the workshop, as well as, if interested, for the scholarships, the candidates should send an email to both the MetRiSP Chair (Luigi Curini, and Co-Chair (Vincenzo Memoli, In the email please attach a cover letter with a brief description of the PhD project (no more than 500 words) and a short CV. Applications will be open until March 16, 2020.

The workshop has been generously founded by the Italian Political Science Association, by the Department of Political Science at LUISS and by the CISE – Centro Italiano di Studi Elettorali.