The 10th International Conference on Social Science Methodology of RC33 (Logic and Methodology in Sociology)

Event Information

Location
University of Cyprus
City
Nicosia
Country
Cyprus
Date
End Date
Synopsis

The 10th International Conference on Social Science Methodology of RC33 (Logic and Methodology in Sociology) will be held in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, on 8-11 September 2020. The local host of the conference will be the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus.

Call for Session and Workshop Proposals

We invite scholars to submit proposals of the following type:

1. Open session
Please prepare a 300 word abstract (other people will be able to submit a paper for your session).

2. Closed session with planned speakers
A closed session proposal contains a description of the session (300 words) including abstracts of planned speakers (300 words). A session is 90 minutes and we suggest about 4-5 speakers per session.

3. Workshop proposals
Workshop proposals should contain a detailed description of the workshop (300-500 words), including what will be learnt from the workshop, for whom the workshop is relevant, and any prior knowledge needed to attend the workshop. Participants of the conference can attend the workshops at no cost. Note that workshop presenters will not be paid or otherwise reimbursed for their presentation of the workshop. RC33 views workshops as an alternative form of discussing a research problem. The workshops are 90 minute sessions for the discussion of a specific topic with one or two stimulating presentations followed by discussions or on-site analysis of data. The aim is to have a more thorough discussion about a topic than in normal sessions, as well as educating the RC33 audience about a topic.
Conference webpage: http://cyprusconferences.org/rc33/
See also www.rc33.org

Thematic Focus of the RC33 2020 Conference: Empirical Research and Society
We live in an era of “alternative news” and “climate change denial”. We experience a political life where the populism prevails over scientific evidence. In such turbulent times, it is important for methodologists to investigate how to encourage society to re-focus on robust scientific evidence.

Topics
We invite session proposals, individual abstracts for presentations, and workshop proposals dealing with all the methodological interests of our members (qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods). Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

1. Analysis of Qualitative Data
2. Challenges and opportunities for Applied Qualitative Research
3. Making sense of qualitative interviews
4. Analyzing unstructured data: video, audio, images, text
5. Digital Methodologies: Beyond Big & Small Data
6. Triangulation and Mixed Methods
7. Coding & Analysis of Unstructured Data
8. Quality Control and Quality Assurance in Empirical Research
9. Mobile and Sensor Data Collection and Analysis
10. Analysis of longitudinal data
11. Computer Simulations (e.g., linear and non-linear modeling)
12. Prediction, classification and related methods
13. Experimental Methods in the Social Sciences (e.g. recruitment, ethics, designs)
14. Information and Communication Technologies in Data Collection Methods
15. Issues in Survey Methodology (e.g. non-response, sampling, attrition, analysis, longitudinal designs etc)
16. Spatial Methods
17. Social Network Analysis
18. Unfolding and IRT (e.g. estimation, sample sizes, model fit etc)
19. Error of measurement
20. Harmonization of socio-demographic variables
21. Who owns data? Big data and democratization (Panel session by the International Journal of Social Research Methodology)

Special Interest Topics
1. School, Work and Occupational studies: methodological challenges
2. Measuring social and political sentiment and emotions
3. Monitoring Offensive and Hate Speech Online
4. Researching older populations
5. Researching immigrant populations

Topics focused on the Theme of the conference
1. Research Methods / Empirical Research and Society (e.g. educating politicians, the Press and the public to become good consumers of research findings)
2. Preparing primary and secondary education students to become research-oriented citizens, i.e., citizens who expect to get answers from research, rather than from other agents such as populism, religion etc