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[Commlist] CfA: Digital Methods in Action: Use, Challenges and Prospects
Thu Feb 25 10:49:38 GMT 2021
* CfA: Digital Methods in Action: Use, Challenges and Prospects
* 1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods”
(SMUS Conference) and “1st RC33 Regional Conference – Africa: Botswana”
in cooperation with ESA RN21 “Quantitative Methods” 23 – 26.09.2021
We hereby invite you to submit an abstract for the session “Digital
Methods in Action: Use, Challenges and Prospects”, organized by Gabriel
Faimau and Jannis Hergesell (Botswana and Germany) at the
Online-Conference “1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference on
Spatial Methods” (SMUS Conference) and “1st RC33 Regional Conference –
Africa: Botswana” in cooperation with ESA RN21 “Quantitative Methods” 23
– 26.09.2021, organised and hosted online by the University of Botswana,
Gaborone, Botswana. This is an interdisciplinary conference;
Communication and Media Studies scholars are welcome. There will be no
registration fees to participate in the conference and no payment from
the authors will be required. The deadline for submission of abstracts
is 31.05.2021. Please find below details on the session, the conference
and the submission process.
Session “Digital Methods in Action: Use, Challenges and Prospects
Session Organizers: Gabriel Faimau and Jannis Hergesell (Botswana and
The emergence of digital methods has presented various ways of studying
and understanding digital phenomena in general as well as online and
internet-related research in particular. This includes studies of online
archived objects, online spatial analysis, social media and social
networking, online network mapping, and various online social,
political, economic and cultural references. Internet and online
environment researchers have lately focused on addressing the following
issues: How digital methods provide tools to respond to the challenge of
Big Data on the one hand and how digital methods provide a base for what
scholars call “online groundedness” in order to examine various
socio-political change and cultural conditions shaped by online dynamics
and constellations on the other? These digital methods widen the scope
of researchers and change research practices and subjects fundamentally.
However, this also raises "classical" questions of empirical social
research: How are sampling strategies, data collection and
methodological procedures changing? Do conventional quality criteria
need to be adapted or supplemented? This session provides a unique
platform to reflect on practical use of digital methods in various
research fields including Communication and Media Studies and map out
frameworks for exploring new possibilities for online social science
research as well as encourage critical discussions on recent trends in
the field of digital methods. We invite papers that address ways of
doing and using digital methods, including but not limited to: Internet
research and methodological innovation: Digital methods of social media
research. Digital methods in studies of online political discourses and
participation. Ethics and questions of digital research. Practical use
and challenges of doing digital research and methods. Mixing methods in
researching digital landscape. Insights from dealing with Big Data.
Techniques and challenges of online data collection. Interdisciplinary
cooperation between technical and social sciences on digital methods.
Enhancement of "established" research designs by digital methods. Online
participatory action research.
Submission of Abstracts
All sessions have to comply with the conference organization rules (see
below). If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit your
abstract via the official conference website: https://gcsmus.org until
31.05.2021. You will be informed by 31.07.2021, if your proposed paper
has been accepted for presentation at the conference. For further
information, please see the conference website or contact the session
organizers, Gabriel Faimau and Jannis Hergesell ((faimaug /at/ ub.bw);
About the Conference
The “Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability” (GCSMUS)
together with the Research Committee on “Logic and Methodology in
Sociology” (RC33) of the “International Sociology Association” (ISA) and
the Research Network “Quantitative Methods” (RN21) of the European
Sociology Association” (ESA) will organize a “1st International and
Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods” (“SMUS Conference”)
which will at the same time be the “1st RC33 Regional Conference –
Africa: Botswana” from Thursday 23.09 – Sunday 26.09.2021, hosted by the
University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana. This is an
interdisciplinary conference; Communication and Media Studies scholars
are welcome. Given the current challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the
conference will convene entirely online. The conference aims at
promoting a global dialogue on methods and should attract methodologists
from all over the world and all social and spatial sciences (e.g. area
studies, architecture, communication studies, educational sciences,
geography, historical sciences, humanities, landscape planning,
philosophy, psychology, sociology, urban design, urban planning, traffic
planning and environmental planning). Thus, the conference will enable
scholars to get in contact with methodologists from various disciplines
all over the world and to deepen discussions with researchers from
various methodological angles. Scholars of all social and spatial
sciences and other scholars who are interested in methodological
discussions are invited to submit a paper to any sessions of the
conference. All papers have to address a methodological problem.
Please find more information on the above institutions on the following
‒“Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability” (GCSMUS):
https://gcsmus.org and www.mes.tu-berlin.de/spatialmethods
‒ISA RC33: http://rc33.org/
‒University of Botswana in Gaborone: www.ub.bw
If you are interested in getting further information on the conference
and other GCSMUS activities, please subscribe to the GCSMUS newsletter
by registering via the following website:
Rules for Session Organization (According to GCSMUS Objectives and RC 33
1.There will be no conference fees.
2.The conference language is English. All papers therefore need to be
presented in English.
3.All sessions have to be international: Each session should have
speakers from at least two countries (exceptions will need good reasons).
4.Each paper must contain a methodological problem (any area,
qualitative or quantitative).
5.There will be several calls for abstracts via the GCSMUS, RC33 and
RN21 Newsletters. To begin with, session organizers can prepare a call
for abstracts on their own initiative, then at a different time, there
will be a common call for abstracts, and session organizers can ask
anybody to submit a paper.
6.GCSMUS, RC33 and RN21 members may distribute these calls via other
channels. GCSMUS members and session organizers are expected to actively
advertise their session in their respective scientific communities.
7.Speakers can only have one talk per session. This also applies for
joint papers. It will not be possible for A and B to present at the same
time one paper as B and A during the same session. This would just
extend the time allocated to these speakers.
8.Session organizers may present a paper in their own session.
9.Sessions will have a length of 90 minutes with a maximum of 4 papers
or a length of 120 minutes with a maximum of 6 papers. Session
organizers can invite as many speakers as they like. The number of
sessions depends on the number of papers submitted to each session. E.g.
if 12 good papers are submitted to a session, there will be two sessions
with a length of 90 minutes each with 6 papers in each session.
10.Papers may only be rejected for the conference if they do not present
a methodological problem (as stated above), are not in English or are
somehow considered by session organizers as not being appropriate or
relevant for the conference. Session organizers may ask authors to
revise and resubmit their paper so that it fits these requirements. If
session organizers do not wish to consider a paper submitted to their
session, they should inform the author and forward the paper to the
local organizing team who will find a session where the paper fits for
11.Papers directly addressed to the conference organising committee (and
those forwarded from session organizers) will be offered to other
session organizers (after proofing for quality). The session organizers
will have to decide on whether or not the paper can be included in their
session(s). If the session organizers think that the paper does not fit
into their session(s), the papers should be sent back to the conference
organizing committee as soon as possible so that the committee can offer
the papers to another session organizer.
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