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CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL SOCNETTERS:

Second Joint Japan-North America Conference
on Mathematical Sociology

May 31 - June 2, 2002

Coast Plaza Suite Hotel at Stanley Park
Vancouver, BC, Canada


Organized by the Mathematical Sociology Section of the
American Sociological Association, in cooperation
with Japanese mathematical sociologists, and designed to
continue and expand on the successful First Joint
Japan-America Conference held in Hawaii in 2000.

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Conference sessions will accommodate papers on various
formal, mathematical, methodological and computational
approaches (both qualitative and quantitative) to the
study of social phenomena, including:

Formal and Mathematical Models
Social Networks
Methodology and Statistics
Rational Action and Rational Choice
Group Processes
Computational Social Science and Simulation
Theory and Meta-Theory
Applications and  Empirical Studies

Abstracts of papers to be presented should be 250 - 300
words in length and submitted by e-mail to Eugene Johnsen
at [log in to unmask] or via air mail to his address
below.  They should include title of paper, names of all
authors and their professional affiliations, and regular
mail and e-mail addresses.

Deadline for Abstracts: April 8, 2002

An overhead projector will be furnished for all
presentations.

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Registration Fee (including banquet):
US$95 - employed professionals
US$65 - students and unemployed professionals (please
submit information verifying these statuses)

Deadline for Conference Registration: April 8, 2002.

Send registration and fee by check made payable in US$ to

Eugene Johnsen - Math Soc Conference
Department of Mathematics
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3080, U.S.A.

Japanese participants should submit abstracts and arrange
their registration and fee payment by March 1, 2002 with

Professor Yoshimichi Sato
Faculty of Arts and Letters
Tohoku University
Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8576, Japan
e-mail: [log in to unmask]

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Coast Plaza Suite Hotel in Vancouver:

According to someone who lives there, this hotel is
"... in a perfect part of the city -- close to the
beach and Stanley Park, close to the downtown core,
over 50 restaurants within a 3-block radius, ... "

Hotel Rooms are at conference rates, taxes not included
(mention that you are with the conference):

Standard Rooms: Can$175 single/double occupancy
One Bedroom Suites: Can$205 single/double occupancy
Additional Persons: Can$20 per person, per night, per room
Children under 18 stay free in same room as parents
Rates valid for 3 days prior and 3 days following
conference, subject to avilability

Reserve rooms directly with the hotel:

Coast Plaza Suite Hotel at Stanley Park
1763 Comox Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1P6, Canada
phones: (800) 663-1144, (604) 688-7711
fax: (604) 688-5934

Book your rooms as soon as possible, and certainly by
April 8, 2002. Conference rates are subject to availability,
since only a limited number of rooms have been set aside for
the conference.  After April 30, rooms at this hotel are
subject to availability but conference rates are no longer
applicable.  Current published rates are Can$230-345 for
Standard Rooms and Can$280-500 for Suites.

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Questions?

Send inquiries to Eugene Johnsen at [log in to unmask]

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Background:

One object of this conference is to familiarize mathematical
social scientists from the U.S. and other countries with the
work of their Japanese counterparts, much of which is
published only in Japanese and thus relatively inaccessible
to English and other language speakers.  We are particularly
interested in fostering professional acculturation and
scholarly exchange among Japanese and American students and
faculty and professionals in the social sciences.

In Japan, mathematical sociologists are much more
interdisciplinary than in the US and include economists,
mathematical biologists, and mathematicians as well.  These
are disciplines either poorly represented or completely
missing in the Mathematical Sociology Section of the
American Sociological Association.  Thus, Japanese
mathematical sociology includes perspectives in which
American and other sociologists are probably less well
informed, such as bio-sociology and rational choice
from evolutionary game-theoretic perspectives.

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Other Information:

Following the conference banquet on May 31 there will be an
invited panel discussing subjects in mathematical social
science of common interest to both Japanese and other
participants.

We are attempting to obtain financial support from NSF to
cover much of the cost for U.S. and Japanese student
participants to attend the conference.

American students will experience many benefits from the
conference. Some will learn what Japanese mathematical
sociologists are doing and, because of the greater
disciplinary heterogeneity among the Japanese, they can
gain exposure to mathematical work by economists and
biologists.  They will be able to interact with Japanese
sociologists, which may lead to future collaborations.
Finally, they will be able to present their own work,
a particularly valuable experience at the start of their
careers.

Patrick Doreian, Editor, has indicated that papers presented
at this conference will be considered for publication in one
or more special issues of the Journal of Mathematical Sociology.
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Conference Co-organizers:

Eugene Johnsen and Noah Friedkin
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Yuriko Saito
Nara Women's University, Japan

Yoshimichi Sato
Tohoku University, Japan