Call for Proposals: ICQE21

November 6-9 2021, Malibu, California, USA
Submissions due 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7), 14 June 2021

The Third International Conference on Quantitative Ethnography (ICQE21) will provide an interdisciplinary forum for researchers to present work, learn new methodological techniques, and network with other scholars working in the new and growing field of quantitative ethnography (QE).

Building on the tremendous success of ICQE19 and ICQE20, we encourage submissions of work from any discipline, which can include (but may not be limited to):

  • New and innovative techniques for QE, including network analysis, automated coding, and approaches to reliability and validity of quantitative ethnographic analyses
  • Studies of the relationship between different techniques or methods for conducting QE analyses
  • Extension of QE techniques to new types of data, fields of study, or research questions
  • Empirical QE results, whether preliminary, exploratory, or confirmatory
  • New theoretical issues in QE or reexamination of existing theoretical frameworks
  • Formative work that describes prospective thinking about planned QE studies
  • Demonstrating QE tools and sharing work on their application in empirical studies

The primary criteria used to evaluate and accept submissions include  work being presented will be  theoretically and methodologically thoughtful, help build the QE community by sharing ideas, methods, resources, and provide inspiration for new investigations. The goal of the conference is to promote intellectual exchange, provide mentoring and support for junior researchers, build capacity for diverse leadership and participation in the QE community, and facilitate collaboration across disciplines and geographic contexts.

Submission Information

ICQE21 will accept the following types of submission:

Papers (12-15 pages): Papers are intended for mature work that requires in-depth explanations of conceptual background, methodology, data, argumentation, and/or findings. Accepted papers will be published by Springer in the official proceedings.

Posters (4 pages): Posters are intended for formative work. The four-page poster abstract should identify the aspects of the work that will likely lead to productive discussions with conference participants in a poster session, including figures exemplifying the visual support to be provided for these discussions in the poster. Poster abstracts will be published by the International Society for Quantitative Ethnography (ISQE) in the proceedings supplement.

Symposia (8 pages total): Symposia consisting of 3-6 scholars are intended for conveying larger ideas or findings about a specific issue in QE. Symposium proposals will be evaluated based on their capacity to address larger topics, controversies, or challenges of interest to the QE community. Symposium proposals should clearly articulate: (a) the overall focus of the symposium; (b) brief descriptions of the content and significance of each scholar’s contribution; and (c) how the collective contributions will enhance understanding of some larger issue in the QE community. Symposium descriptions will be published in the proceedings supplement.

Pre-Conference Tutorials / Workshops (4 pages): Half-day workshops are intended to help participants learn or improve QE theories, methods, or skills, and may also be structured as tutorials on particular QE tools or techniques. Workshop proposals will be evaluated based on their capacity to facilitate shared knowledge-building around issues of interest to the QE community. Workshop proposals should clearly articulate: (a) the overall focus of the workshop and why it will benefit members of the QE community; (b) the target audience for the workshop; (c) the schedule of activities accompanied by a brief description of each activity; and (d) the expected outcomes of the workshop, including any deliverables or follow-up activities that extend beyond the conference itself. Workshop descriptions will be published in the proceedings supplement.

The Doctoral Consortium and Early Career Workshop is a mentoring and networking program for doctoral students and early career researchers concerning the application of QE in their research.

Doctoral Consortium Applications (6 pages): To apply for the Doctoral Consortium, please click here for detailed instructions. Doctoral Consortium research summaries will be published in the proceedings supplement.

Early Career Workshop (6 pages): To apply for the Early Career Workshop, please click here for detailed instructions. Early Career Workshop research summaries will be published in the proceedings supplement.

Submission Instructions

  • To submit a paper or poster abstract, to propose a symposium or workshop, or to apply to the Doctoral Consortium or Early Career Workshop, visit:
  • All submissions should be written in English and must conform to the current version of the Springer author guidelines and paper templates. Instructions for authors and links to the paper templates can be found here.
  • Review of Paper and Poster submissions will be double blinded. Paper and poster abstracts must be submitted with all identifying information about the author(s) removed.
  • Review of Symposium, Workshop, Doctoral Consortium, and Early Career Workshop proposals will be single blinded. These proposals should be submitted with all names included.
  • Submission Deadline: 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7), 14 June 2021.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Attendance at workshops is complimentary for registered participants of the conference. Registration for workshops will be first come, first served, and additional information about workshops will be available on the conference website.

Submission Review and Notification

Submissions must follow the formatting and content instructions of their respective submission category.

Authors of submitted papers, poster abstracts, and symposia must agree to review at least two submissions. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the QE community, and review of individual submissions will be overseen by a member of the Program Committee.

Papers may be accepted as is, accepted with suggestions for revisions, accepted as posters (in which case the authors will need to prepare a 4-page poster abstract), or rejected. Poster, symposium, and workshop submissions, as well as applications to the Doctoral Consortium and Early Career Workshop, will be accepted as is or rejected. All authors, regardless of submission type, will have the option to make edits before submission of the final version.

Accepted papers will be published in the official proceedings. Poster abstracts, symposium/workshop descriptions, and Doctoral Consortium/Early Career Workshop research summaries will be published in the proceedings supplement.

Acceptance notifications will be sent on or before 27 August 2021. Final papers will be due 17 September 2021 for inclusion in the conference proceedings.

We hope you will join us in Malibu, California, to share ideas, methods, resources and inspiration as we continue to build the QE community!

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