RN21 - Quantitative Methods


Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Research Network 21 (Quantitative methods) of the European Sociological Association we would like to draw attention to our midterm-conference on “Data quality in quantitative research” in Nikosia (Cyprus) between October 13 and October 15 2016. Please note that you can either send session proposals (including a description of the session and a list of abstracts of planned speakers) or submit single abstracts till the 15th of February. We also want to inform that we succeeded to invite Jörg Blasius and Eldad Davidov as prominent keynote speakers for our conference. We also tried to keep the conference fees low (especially for young researchers) because we hope to bring methodologists from all over Europe together and want to nurture especially young scientists in an early stage of their carrier.

We are looking forward to your proposals and abstracts. Click here to read the full CfP of our conference. Please feel free to distribute this document to your colleagues and other researchers who may be interested to participate at our conference.

Best regards and all the best wishes for the new year!

Wolfgang Aschauer (Coordinator of ESA RN 21)

 



RN21 board members (2015-2017)

Chair: Wolfgang Aschauer (Department of Political Science and Sociology, University of Salzburg, Austria
(email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), newly elected at the ESA conference 2015

Vice chair: Jolanta Perek-Bialas, University of Cracow, Poland (email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), newly elected at the ESA conference 2015

New board members: 

Henning Best (Germany)
Valentina Hlebec (Slowenia)
Georg Müller (Switzerland)
Tobias Gummer (Germany)
Inna Deviatko (Russia)
Anna Domaranska (Ukraine)

Past chairs were Henning Best (2011-2015) (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and Valentina Hlebec (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


Research Network for Quantitative Methods (RN 21)

The aim of RN 21 is to encourage and enhance rigorous empirical sociological research using quantitative methods in Europe. We promote the use of all varieties of quantitative methods, including survey research, experimental methods, causal inference, simulation, statistical techniques, comparative methods, and others.

We provide a platform for discussion of new developments and core problems of quantitative research in Europe. A special focus of the network is the support of cross national collaboration of researchers, and the enhancement of comparative research by bringing together experts from different fields and countries.

The activities of the network include:

a) The organisation of sessions at the main ESA conferences
b) The organization of Mid-Term conferences with specific topics in quantitative research
c) The organization of workshops for PhD Students related to statistics, methodological advances and general topics in empirical social research
d) The establishment of a newsletter and an email discussion list.
e) The organisation of scientific visits and collaboration between members of the network.

All those who are engaged in quantitative or mixed methods empirical research, whereever they may be working in Europe are welcome to become members of the Network.

Become a member of RN 21

Full membership of the RN 21 is linked to membership in the European Sociological Association. When filling the ESA membership form, please tick the box next to RN 21. Membership fee is 10 EUR for two years, payable via ESA. In case you are already member of ESA, but not registered with RN 21, please register for RN21 via the ESA website under »Membership«.

For all questions about RN 21 please contact Wolfgang Aschauer ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Jolanta Perek-Bialas ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

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ESA 2015 - Call for Papers

Differences, Inequalities and the Sociological Imagination
12th Conference of the European Sociological Association
Prague, Czech Republic, 25 – 28 August 2015

RN21 - Quantitative Methods

RN Coordinator: Henning Best, University of Würzburg, Germany, henning.best(at)uni-wuerzburg.de

 

The Quantitative Methods Research Network (RN21) of the European Sociological Association (ESA) brings together social scientists with a research interest in quantitative methodology and empirical research, including survey methodology, mixed methods, experimental methods, causal inference, simulation, statistical techniques, comparative methods, and others.

The theme of the 12th conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA) is " Differences, inequalities and sociological imagination." In accordance with this thematic RN21 especially invites papers on quantitative approaches to inequalities and differences, as well as methodological papers. We welcome submissions on all quantitative issues, but especially encourage paper presentations on one of the following topics on the conference theme and on quantitative methodology in general:

Topics specific to the conference theme:

  • “Measuring Social Inequalities and Differences”
  • "Measurement Quality and Measurement Equivalence in cross-national research"
  • "Standardizing Socio-Demographic Variables for Cross-National Survey Research"

More general topics:

  • “New Developments in Multi-Mode and Web Surveys”
  • "Experimental Methods and Simulation in Sociological Research"
  • “Causal Inference in Sociology”
  • “Analysis of Longitudinal and Panel Data”
  • “Social Network Analysis”
  • "Mixing Methods: Moving Beyond the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide"
  • “Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)”
  • “Sampling issues in recent sociological surveys”
  • "Teaching Quantitative Methods"

We are open for additional topics as long as they can be accommodated in the conference schedule. Colleagues from outside of Europe are of course welcome to submit abstracts and participate in the sessions.

1. General Session (Please submit all papers for the topics above to this session)
In addition to RN21 sessions (see call above) we propose a joint session with RN 28 (Proposal submitted by Roger Penn, Professor of Sociology, Queen’s University, Belfast)

 

2. Joint session with RN20 Qualitative Methods and RN 28 Society and Sports:
Competitive Balance in Professional Sport

The issue of competitive balance in sport remains an important issue both for social scientists and for the administration of sport. There is a strong current in North American sociology that advocates increased competitive balance. This has increasing purchase in Europe, most notably at UEFA with its ‘Fair Play’ policies for elite football clubs. European research is less wedded to this discourse.

Competitive balance and imbalance are both quantitative issues. There has been considerable debate about how best to measure them, particularly over time. There has also been controversy about the appropriate time frame to be used for comparative analysis. Recently, there has been a move to include statistical modelling into such analyses.

 

Notes for authors

Authors are invited to submit their abstract either to the general session or any specific session. Please submit only to one session. After abstract evaluation, coordinators will have the chance to transfer papers between sessions where applicable.

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Each paper session will have the duration of 1.5 hours. Normally sessions will include 4 papers.

Abstracts must be submitted online to the submission platform, see below. Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by the Research Network; the letter of notification will be sent by the conference software system in early April 2015.

Abstract submission deadline: 15th February 2015

Abstract submission platform: www.esa12thconference.eu 

If you have further questions on the conference, please visit the conference website. For further information on the Research Network, please visit www.europeansociology.org.

 



European Sociological Association 11th Conference

TORINO, 28-31 August 2013

Call for Papers

Instructions

Authors are invited to submit their abstract either to the general session (open) or any specific session. Please submit each abstract only to one session. After abstract evaluation, coordinators will have the chance to transfer papers between sessions where applicable.

Abstracts should not exceed 1750 characters (including spaces, approximately 250 words). Each paper session will have the duration of 1.5 hours. Normally sessions will include 4 papers.

Abstracts can only be submitted online no later than 1st of February 2013 to the submission platform at: www.esa11thconference.eu. Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted.

The information requested during abstract submission include: 1) name(s), affiliation(s) and email of all the author(s); 2) contact details of presenting author (postal address, and telephone in addition to email); 3) title of proposed presentation; 4) up to 4 keywords (optional).

Submitting authors will receive an email of acknowledgement of successful submission receipt. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by the relevant Research Network or Research Stream; the letter of notification will be sent by the conference software system in early April 2013. Each author cannot submit more than two abstracts (as first author).

Abstract submission deadline: 1st February 2013

Abstract submission platform: http://www.esa11thconference.eu

If you have further questions on the conference, please visit the conference website.

For information on the Research Networks, visit: http://www.europeansociology.org/ 


RN21 - Quantitative Methods

Coordinator: Henning Best < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >

GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

The Quantitative Methods Research Network (RN21) of the European Sociological Association (ESA) brings together social scientists with a research interest in quantitative methodology and empirical research, including survey research, mixed methods, experimental methods, causal inference, simulation, statistical techniques, comparative methods, and others.

The theme of the 11th conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA) is "Crisis, Critique and Change." In accordance with this thematic RN21 especially invites papers on quantitative approaches on the contemporary economic crisis and on crisis and change in quantitative methodology. We welcome submissions on all quantitative issues, but especially encourage paper presentations on one of the following topics:

01RN21.          Measurement Quality and Measurement Equivalence

02RN21.          Standardizing Variables for Cross-National Survey Research

03RN21.          Experimental Methods and Simulation in Sociological Research

04RN21           Methods and Applications of Social Network Analysis

05RN21.          Mixing Methods: Moving Beyond the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide

06RN21.          Teaching Quantitative Methods

07RN21.          Quantitative Methods (open)

We are open for additional topics as long as they can be accommodated in the conference schedule. Colleagues from outside of Europe are of course welcome to submit abstracts and participate in the sessions.

 

20JS21JS28.     RN21 Joint session with RN20 Qualitative Methods and with RN28 Society and Sports

Doing social research on sports. Methodological and empirical challenges

(Chairs: Alessandro Porrovecchio, Ajit Singh & Henning Best)

Within the sociology of sports there is relatively little problematisation of the different methodologies, which are currently available. It seems therefore important to analyze what has been achieved so far and what the future holds: this session is designed to mark out future directions for researchers interested in contesting/reformulating our understandings of knowledge production in the sociology of sport and physical culture. In order to contribute to these streams of research and to open new horizons for further investigation, we invite potential contributors to submit abstracts that elaborate experiences of empirical approaches to research on bodies, sports, and physical cultures, based on qualitative and/or quantitative strategies, as well as mixed methods. We are particularly interested in essays that expose the challenges, the emerging issues and the solutions in combining methodologically innovative approaches and evaluation programs in order to analyze the representations and meanings of practices, identities, bodies, movements, and anatomies.

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