3rd European Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science - 2019: Polarization and Radicalization

Application Deadline

This is the third in a series of three symposia that discuss societal challenges in computational social sciences. In 2019, the focus will be on “Polarization and Radicalization” (Zurich, 2019). In the previous two years, the focus was “Inequality and Imbalance” (London, 2017) and “Bias and Discrimination” (Cologne, 2018).

With these three events we provide a platform to address one of the most pressing challenges in today’s digital society: understanding the role that digital technologies, the Web, and the algorithms used therein play in the mediation and creation of inequalities, discrimination and polarization.

By addressing inequality as the topical issue for the symposium series we intend to explore how CSS can contribute to opening up new ways of thinking about, of measuring, detecting and coping with social inequality, discrimination, and polarization. We will discuss how divides and inequalities are proliferated in digital society, how social cleavages can be observed via web data, how the organizational structure of the web itself generates biases and inequality, and how, in contrast, algorithms and computational tools might help to reduce discrimination and inequality. We will also investigate how bias and unequal social structures foster political tension and polarization, including issues of radicalization and hate.

The Euro CSS 2019 will be a three-day event consisting of:

  • a two-day, single-track conference featuring a series of invited talks that will provide different perspectives on challenges in the area of Polarization and Radicalization
  • a day of multiple satellite events, including workshops and tutorials
  • an open call for contributed presentations that will provide opportunities for computational social scientists to present and discuss their own work
  • an open call for workshop and tutorial organization that will provide opportunities for computational social scientists to gather focus groups around the latest trends in computational social science
  • a dataset challenge to encourage creative engagement with the data from different perspectives and dialogue across disciplines
  • plenty of possibilities for interdisciplinary networking (e.g. science slam)

Call for Abstracts
We welcome submissions in the intersection of the social sciences and the computer sciences, including (a) new approaches for understanding social phenomena and addressing societal challenges, (b) improving methods for computational social science, (c) and understanding the influence of the Web and digital technologies on society.

For the 3rd Symposium we are especially interested in the following four main topics:

I. misinformation and censorship
(including political tension, upheaval and disrupt; public sphere in the digital age; social media as alternative communication channels; information leakage; whistleblowing)

II. discourse polarization and echo chambers
(including discourse radicalization; effects of filter bubbles; online and offline radicalization; diffusion of information)

III. online and offline group formation
(including global, national and local network structures; effects of weak and strong ties in contemporary and historic societies; mobilization patterns)

IV. political polarization and populism
(including political networks and party politics; detection of radicalization and deradicalization; political campaigning)

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: April 10th, 2019
Acceptance notification: June 10th, 2019
Conference days: September 3rd and 4th, 2019

Submission Guidelines:

Extended abstracts should be submitted in English and in pdf format [here]

Submissions should be abstracts of approx. 2-3 pages (up to 1000 words plus references and figures) summarizing the work to be presented. We encourage researchers to also submit abstracts of work that has already been published and/or submit work in progress. Please give a sufficiently detailed description of your work and your methods so we can adequately assess its relevance. Please consider that reviewers will be from an interdisciplinary community.

Each extended abstract will be reviewed by a Program Committee composed of experts in computational social science. Accepted submissions will be non-archival, i.e. there are no proceedings. Submissions will mostly be evaluated based on relevance and the potential to stimulate interesting discussions. Submissions may be accepted as talks or posters.