PaCSS 2021

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Monday, August 9, 2021 to Friday, August 13, 2021

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We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the fourth annual Politics and Computational Social Science (PaCSS) conference. The conference will take place online August 9-13 between 11 am - 3 pm EDT. 

 

The full program can be found on the conference website https://cssh.northeastern.edu/nulab/pacss and will include a mix of panels, mentoring groups, and semi-structured networking. Additionally, we are thrilled to share that the conference will feature plenary keynotes from Joshua A. Tucker, Professor of Politics, affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University; and Ceren Budak, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information.

 

Space is limited and we ask all participants to register for the conference at http://pacss.eventbrite.com. The registration fee of $20 will help us cover conference expenses. We are dedicated to keeping this conference open and accessible and we ask that you email us at politics.css@gmail.com if you would like to request a registration waiver.

 

These continue to be challenging times for many members of our community, and we recognize the great disparities in how people have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hope is that this conference will serve to support the scholarly development of junior computational social scientists, create space for knowledge and resource sharing around COVID-19 and the long-term impacts of racial disparities, and will provide a much-needed sense of community and support. We hope that you will join us for as much of the conference as you are able and participate in the continued growth of our diverse, interdisciplinary community.

 

About PaCSS

The data and methodologies available to social scientists have exploded with the emergence of archives of digital data collection, large scale online experimentation, and innovative uses of simulation. The analysis of these data requires more complex methodological approaches and greater computational complexity than the approaches that have dominated the study of politics for the last 50 years.

 

The analysis of digital data offers the potential for rich insights into society at scale, but it also introduces new ethical and infrastructural challenges. In parallel, the information and communication technologies that have driven this data revolution are also driving changes in politics, around the world, that require study.

 

In order to understand the political world, it is increasingly important to gain access to the political communication and behavior occurring online. PaCSS, started in 2018 with about 150 attendees, offers a forum for computational social science research in this emerging space. Examples of relevant topics/approaches include: analysis of social media; text analysis; use of finely granular geographic data; and large scale online experimentation. Deeply committed to elevating the voices and work of populations which are underrepresented in computational spaces, PaCSS actively seek, welcome, and encourage people from all fields, industries, backgrounds, experiences, and identities to submit their work and attend. 

 

PaCSS 2021 is sponsored by Sage Publishing and New York University’s Center for Data Science.

 

PaCSS 2021 is co-chaired by David Lazer and Sarah Shugars, and supported by an organizing committee of: Michael Bailey, Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Ceren Budak, Deen Freelon, Margaret Foster, Fabrizio Gilardi, Sandra González-Bailón, Layla Hashemi, Helen Margetts, Ericka Menchen-Trevino, Juergen Pfeffer, Derek Ruths, Kelsey Shoub, Alyssa Smith, Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld, Talia Stroud, Rebekah Tromble, Joshua A. Tucker, Jennifer Victor and Nora Webb Williams.


David Lazer (pronounced Lazar)
he/him/his

University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer Sciences, Northeastern University
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University
Director of the Lazer Lab (pronounced Laser)
Co-founder, Volunteer Science, a behavioral research lab in the cloud
 
EMAIL ETIQUETTE: just because I e-mail at odd hours does not mean I expect you to.
THINK OUR DEMOCRACY NEEDS HELP? Check out our book, Politics with the People.

PLEASE VOLUNTEER:  http://www.VolunteerScience.com

 

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the fourth annual Politics and Computational Social Science (PaCSS) conference. The conference will take place online August 9-13 between 11 am - 3 pm EDT. 

 

The full program can be found on the conference website https://cssh.northeastern.edu/nulab/pacss and will include a mix of panels, mentoring groups, and semi-structured networking. Additionally, we are thrilled to share that the conference will feature plenary keynotes from Joshua A. Tucker, Professor of Politics, affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University; and Ceren Budak, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information.

 

Space is limited and we ask all participants to register for the conference at http://pacss.eventbrite.com. The registration fee of $20 will help us cover conference expenses. We are dedicated to keeping this conference open and accessible and we ask that you email us at politics.css@gmail.com if you would like to request a registration waiver.

 

These continue to be challenging times for many members of our community, and we recognize the great disparities in how people have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hope is that this conference will serve to support the scholarly development of junior computational social scientists, create space for knowledge and resource sharing around COVID-19 and the long-term impacts of racial disparities, and will provide a much-needed sense of community and support. We hope that you will join us for as much of the conference as you are able and participate in the continued growth of our diverse, interdisciplinary community.

 

About PaCSS

The data and methodologies available to social scientists have exploded with the emergence of archives of digital data collection, large scale online experimentation, and innovative uses of simulation. The analysis of these data requires more complex methodological approaches and greater computational complexity than the approaches that have dominated the study of politics for the last 50 years.

 

The analysis of digital data offers the potential for rich insights into society at scale, but it also introduces new ethical and infrastructural challenges. In parallel, the information and communication technologies that have driven this data revolution are also driving changes in politics, around the world, that require study.

 

In order to understand the political world, it is increasingly important to gain access to the political communication and behavior occurring online. PaCSS, started in 2018 with about 150 attendees, offers a forum for computational social science research in this emerging space. Examples of relevant topics/approaches include: analysis of social media; text analysis; use of finely granular geographic data; and large scale online experimentation. Deeply committed to elevating the voices and work of populations which are underrepresented in computational spaces, PaCSS actively seek, welcome, and encourage people from all fields, industries, backgrounds, experiences, and identities to submit their work and attend. 

 

PaCSS 2021 is sponsored by Sage Publishing and New York University’s Center for Data Science.

 

PaCSS 2021 is co-chaired by David Lazer and Sarah Shugars, and supported by an organizing committee of: Michael Bailey, Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Ceren Budak, Deen Freelon, Margaret Foster, Fabrizio Gilardi, Sandra González-Bailón, Layla Hashemi, Helen Margetts, Ericka Menchen-Trevino, Juergen Pfeffer, Derek Ruths, Kelsey Shoub, Alyssa Smith, Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld, Talia Stroud, Rebekah Tromble, Joshua A. Tucker, Jennifer Victor and Nora Webb Williams.


David Lazer (pronounced Lazar)
he/him/his

University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer Sciences, Northeastern University
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University
Director of the Lazer Lab (pronounced Laser)
Co-founder, Volunteer Science, a behavioral research lab in the cloud
 
EMAIL ETIQUETTE: just because I e-mail at odd hours does not mean I expect you to.
THINK OUR DEMOCRACY NEEDS HELP? Check out our book, Politics with the People.

PLEASE VOLUNTEER:  http://www.VolunteerScience.com