COMPLEX SYSTEMS SEMINAR
Evolution of Cooperation and The Framing of Peace: A Conference in Honor of Robert Axelrod
Office of the Provost of the University of Michigan, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Department of Political Science and the Center for the Study of Complex Systems invite you to participate in a conference on
Evolution of Cooperation and The Framing of Peace: A Conference in Honor of Robert Axelrod.
This conference highlights two core themes in Professor Axelrod’s influential research agenda: cooperation and framing and is timed to coincide with Bob's 70th Birthday.
On the first day of the conference, we will focus on the evolution of cooperation, paying particular attention to Axelrod’s two books: The Evolution of Cooperation and The Complexity of Cooperation. On the second day, we will turn our attention to his more recent research on framing and its implications for achieving peace. The conference will bring together leading scholars and policymakers on these two research topics that have animated Axelrod’s studies of complexity and the framing of peace. The idea is to take this opportunity to revisit the question of how cooperation evolves and is sustained through the lens of Axelrod’s seminal work and then to look forward for how we might advance interdisciplinary studies that link framing effects to cultural values and peace negotiations.
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