CFP: ICHASS 2011 eSocial Science Conference


The 2011 eSocial Science conference, “Networking eSocial Science,” invites papers, workshops, and exhibits addressing the following traditional and conference-related themes.  The conference will be hosted by the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science from September 6-8, 2011 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Special sessions and workshops at the conference will be devoted to networking eSocial Science.

Traditional themes:

  • Studies using eSocial Science methods and data 
  • Case studies of social science research methods, applications, and practices enabled by cyberinfrastructures and tools 
  • Benefits and challenges of large-scale, distributed, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research facilitated by cyberinfrastructure 
  • New cyberinfrastructure and tools for sociological data integration, sharing, access management and security, data analysis, and curation 
  • New cyberinfrastructure and tools for enabling news sources of data and new methods for data collection 
  • Ethical issues, challenges, and solutions raised by cyberinfrastructure for the collection, integration, sharing, and analysis of personal, social, economic, and other data such as medical records or genomics 
  • Case studies of socio-technical issues in the design and development of e-Research methods, technologies, and tools, including usability issues and solutions

Conference themes:

  • Research on networks using eSocial Science methods 
  • Reports on network tools applicable to eSocial Science 
  • Case studies of existing networks in eSocial Science 
  • Proposals for building networks among eSocial Science investigators, centers, and interested organizations

Types of proposals

Submissions will be accepted in one of four categories:

  1. poster presentations; 
  2. short papers; 
  3. full papers; and 
  4. panel sessions.

For all types of submission, please prepare a 750-1000 word abstract describing the research to be presented. Short papers will be given a strict ten-minute time limit for presentations. Full papers will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions. For panels, the organizer should describe the panel topic and include the names and university, organization, or company of all speakers.

Deadlines and submission instructions

Electronic submissions will be accepted from May 16, 2011 until 11:59PM CST on Thursday, June 30, 2011. Potential presenters are encouraged to submit proposals as soon as possible because reviews of submissions will begin on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Invitations to participate will be issued no later than Friday, July 15, 2011. To make a submission, please visit the submission page of the conference website:

Criteria for acceptance are:

  • The “innovative” nature of the proposal; 
  • The proposal’s relevancy to global issues in technological inquiry; 
  • The proposal’s argument in relation to a grand challenge; 
  • The qualifications of the presenter(s).


Awards for best papers by senior scholars and by students will be presented.

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Founded in 2004 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I-CHASS charts new ground in high-performance computing and the humanities, arts, and social sciences by creating both learning environments and spaces for digital discovery. I-CHASS presents path-breaking research, computational resources, collaborative tools, and educational programming to showcase the future of the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

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