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Reminder, PaCSS deadline is this Friday.


We are pleased to announce that the fourth annual Politics and
Computational Social Science (PaCSS) conference will take place virtually,
August 9-13. To accommodate the virtual format, the conference will consist
of a series of modular, daily sessions taking place between 11 am - 3 pm
EDT. Sessions will include a mix of panels, mentoring groups, and
semi-structured networking. We especially encourage submissions around
COVID-19 and the long term impacts of racial disparities; and will create
opportunities for informal networking regarding these topics.

In light of the many personal and professional impacts felt by members of
our community, PaCSS 2021 will have an explicit focus on supporting the
scholarly development of junior computational social scientists. We hope
that you will join us to share your work and support the continued growth
of our diverse, interdisciplinary community of people working in industry,
academia, government and nonprofits.

To submit your work for consideration at PaCSS 2021, please complete this
form < > by Friday, May 21.  Submissions
should include an abstract for a single proposed talk; the program
committee will organize accepted submissions into panels. To get a sense
for the breadth and diversity of content presented at PaCSS, you may wish
to take a look at the PaCSS 2020 program
< >.

If you are willing to serve as a mentor or in another role supporting the
scholarly development of junior computational social scientists, please
complete this form < > by Friday,
May 21. These
roles involve an approximately one hour time commitment and do not require
attendance at the full conference.

Please email [log in to unmask] with any questions.

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 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)

University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer
Sciences, Northeastern University
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard
Director of the Lazer Lab < > (pronounced Laser)
Co-Director, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks
< >
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.

COVID-19: see reports from our 50 state survey < >

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