Call for Proposals: International Conference on Quantitative Ethnography

We are pleased to announce that the first International Conference on Quantitative Ethnography (ICQE), will be held October 20-22, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA!
ICQE is the first international forum for researchers to present their work, learn new methodological techniques, and interact with other scholars working in the new and growing field of Quantitative Ethnography.
The first ICQE will bring together scholars from different disciplines — sociology, learning sciences, engineering, mathematics/statistics,  anthropology, and the humanities — who are interested in how big data changes the way we understand learning, social interaction, and other human experiences.
The conference will explore new analytic approaches that link classical ethnographic methods and modern statistical techniques to tell textured stories at scale: to creating meaning and understanding from the large amounts of data all around us.
As this is the first conference of its kind, we encourage work of many kinds, including (but not limited to):

  • Work from a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and other fields concerned with deep analysis of large amounts of data on human behavior and interaction
  • Work that represents new and innovative uses of techniques and tools for quantitative ethnography, including network analysis, automated coding, and  work on the reliability and validity of quantitative ethnographic analyses
  • Work that explores the relationship between different techniques or methods for conducting quantitative ethnographic analyses
  • Work that uses new and innovative approaches, tools, and methods to conduct quantitative ethnographic analyses
  • Work that extends quantitative ethnographic techniques to new types of data, fields of study, or research questions
  • Work that is formative, and describes prospective thinking about planned studies
  • Work that presents empirical results, whether preliminary, exploratory, or confirmatory
  • Work that discusses theoretical issues in quantitative ethnography

The goal of the conference is to help build the QE community by sharing ideas, methods, resources, and inspiration.
Conference highlights
The conference will feature:

  • A Plenary Talk from James Paul Gee (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Keynote Addresses from Dragan Gasevic (Monash University, Australia), founder of the Society of Research on Learning Analytics and pioneer in techniques to incorporate social network analysis into quantitative ethnography studies, and Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens (Clemson University, USA), a leading early-career researcher in the field
  • An Inaugural Address from David Williamson Shaffer (University of Wisconsin, USA)
  • An Invited Symposium led by Simon Buckingham Shum (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia) and featuring Karin Frey (University of Washington, USA), Jun Oshima (Shizuoka University, Japan), and Adam Lefstein (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel) discussing current issues and future directions for quantitative ethnography
  • A community discussion led by Morten Misfeldt (Aalborg University at Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Paper panels with time for moderated cross-discussion
  • Doctoral Consortium (by application) that will provide funding for travel and registration fees for the conference, as well as a special workshop for students using (or hoping to use) quantitative ethnographic methods in their dissertation work
  • A range of workshops, including extended sessions for researchers new to quantitative ethnography, researchers interested in learning more advanced techniques, and power users who want to work together to push the methodological boundaries of the field.
  • A special evening for early career researchers, including graduate students
  • Coffee with a Profee: Morning coffee mentoring sessions that link senior scholars with students, early, and mid-career researchers
  • poster session reception with opportunities to mingle and see cutting-edge work in the field
  • Plenty of time to interact with colleagues, including a conference dinner
  • And three days in lovely Madison, Wisconsin during fall foliage season!

We hope you will be able to join the conversation!
Submission Information
ICQE 2019 will offer three submission formats.
Papers (6 pages): Full papers are intended for work that requires in-depth explanations of conceptual background, methodology, data, argumentation, and/or findings.
Posters (2 pages): Posters are intended for work in its formative stages. The two-page poster abstract should identify the aspects of the work that will likely lead to productive discussions with conference participants in a poster session, including figures exemplifying the visual support to be provided for these discussions in the poster.
Doctoral Consortium Applications (3 pages): Additional information about applying to the Doctoral consortium will be available soon on the conference website. Students accepted for the doctoral consortium will have an opportunity to present their work to scholars in the field, and discuss issues of working in a new and growing field as a graduate student. The conference will provide travel, lodging, and conference registration for all members of the doctoral consortium.
Submission Instructions

  • To submit a paper, poster abstract, or doctoral consortium abstract, visit: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icqe2019.
  • Submissions should be written in English and must follow the current version of the ICQE Microsoft Word Template.
  • Review of all submissions will be double blind. Please prepare your papers accordingly (see the Word template for guidelines).
  • Submission Deadline: 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8), 10 May 2019.

Attendance at workshops is complementary for registered participants, but space is limited. Registration for workshops will be first come, first served, and additional information about workshops will be available soon on the conference website.
Submission Review and Notification
Submissions must follow the formatting instructions of their respective submission category.
All presenting authors on submitted manuscripts must agree to review at least 2 other submissions. All submissions will be assigned to 2 peer reviewers, and review of each submissions will be overseen by a member of the program committee.
Paper submissions may be accepted as is, accepted with suggestions for revisions, accepted as posters (in which case the authors will need to prepare a 2 page abstract), or rejected. Poster submissions may be accepted as is or rejected.
All accepted papers, poster abstracts, and doctoral consortium abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings.
Acceptance notifications will be sent on or before 16 August 2019. Final papers, poster abstracts, and doctoral consortium abstracts will be due 27 September 2019 for inclusion in the conference proceedings.
Scientific Program Committee
Morten Misfeldt – Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark
Brendan Eagan – University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA
Simon Buckingham Shum – University of South Australia
Aroutis Foster – Drexel University, USA
Karin Frey – University of Washington, USA
Eric Hamilton – UNESCO and Pepperdine University, Switzerland/USA
Srecko Joksimovic – University of South Australia
Simon Knight – University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Ingo Kollar – Augsburg University, Germany
Vitomir Kovanovic – University of South Australia
Peter Levine – Tufts University, USA
Toshio Mochizuki – Senshu University, Japan
David Williamson Shaffer – University of Wisconsin–Madison & Aalborg University Copenhagen
Hanall Sung – University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA
Conference Logistics
The conference will be held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Information about travel, accommodations, and conference fees can be found on the conference website.