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January 31, 2020

Our International RC33 Conference in Cyprus

This is an exciting year for the members of our RC33 community. In addition to planning our forthcoming regional conferences in March/April in Botswana, Brazil and India, we are working hard to prepare an amazing conference in September 2020 in Cyprus.

Officially, this will be our 10th International Conference on Social Science Methodology and it will be held in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, on 8-11 September 2020. The local host of the Conference will be the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus.

The thematic focus of our Conference is: Empirical Research and Society. We live in an era of “alternative news” and “climate change denial”. We experience a political life where populism prevails over scientific evidence. In such turbulent times, it is important for methodologists to investigate how to encourage society to re-focus on robust scientific evidence. We aspire for our Conference to fully cover the diverse interests of our members (qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods).

We are very happy to announce that we have already attracted a large number of very interesting session proposals, covering the whole spectrum of Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods. For more information, visit http://cyprusconferences.org/rc33/.

The conference will also have some really interesting workshops (see a short list):

  • The implications of the Complexity Frame of References for the conduct of Empirical Social Research (David Byrne, Brian Castellani, Emma Uprichard)
  • The challenge of integration in Mixed Methods Research. Twelve strategies (Udo Kuckartz, Stefan Rädiker)
  • Teaching qualitative methods: Challenges, teaching approaches and best practices (Inga Gaižauskaitė, Claire Wagner)
  • The use of sensor data to augment or replace survey questions (Vera Toepoel, Anne Elevelt)

We are now in the process of finalizing some inspiring keynote speeches which will certainly be the highlights of the Conference. We are also finalizing a really amazing social program: we can provisionally “leak” that it will most likely include a Gala dinner with lots of Greek meze and unlimited drinks, a guided tour in the old city of Nicosia and an excursion to the beach (so bring your swimsuit)!!!

We have been very lucky to receive support from several sources. Firstly, we are grateful to SAGE for supporting a stimulating Computational Methods panel. We have already started the recruitment of some great speakers; we are sure this panel will be a great success. We are also grateful to GESIS for supporting the organization of our Conference generously. Finally, we thank the Cyprus Tourist Organization for their generous contribution.

You are all invited to submit a proposal for presentation. The procedure is really easy and quick (http://cyprusconferences.org/rc33/submission/).

We will have the Conference in the luxurious Landmark Hotel (ex-Hilton Hotel), near the city center. Submit your proposals, before we run out of space … do not miss this opportunity!

… and a few words about Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus; a status it has enjoyed for 1.000 years since the 10th century, though its beginnings date back 5.000 years to the Bronze Age. It lies roughly in the center of the island in the Mesaoria plain, flanked by the beautiful northern range of Kyrenia mountains with its distinctive ‘Pentadaktylos’ – the five finger mountain. There are various suggestions as to the origin of the name Nicosia – or ‘Lefkosia’ in Greek – but the most likely one is linked to the popular tree, the tall ‘Lefki ‘ which once adorned the city.

Based in Nicosia are the government head offices, diplomatic headquarters and the cultural center of Cyprus. The capital presents two distinct faces: the old, original part of the city, surrounded by sturdy Venetian walls over 400 years old, and a busy modern metropolis which has a population of 171.000 together with the suburbs.

Within the large area, encircled by the strong bastion walls that served to protect the town for centuries, are many places of great historic interest.

The central Eleftheria Square links old Nicosia with the elegant modern city that has flourished outside the walls, where hotels, offices restaurants and gardens blend happily with the fine old houses and colonial buildings of this cosmopolitan city.

We have been working really hard to prepare an inspiring academic conference as well as an amazing social and cultural experience. We are really looking forward to seeing you in beautiful and sunny Cyprus in September 2020.

Iasonas Lamprianou

Chair of the 10th International Conference on Social Science Methodology

Assistant Professor

Department of Social and Political Sciences

University of Cyprus

This is an exciting year for the members of our RC33 community. In addition to planning our forthcoming regional conferences in March/April in Botswana, Brazil and India, we are working hard to prepare an amazing conference in September 2020 in Cyprus.

Officially, this will be our 10th International Conference on Social Science Methodology and it will be held in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, on 8-11 September 2020. The local host of the Conference will be the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus.

The thematic focus of our Conference is: Empirical Research and Society. We live in an era of “alternative news” and “climate change denial”. We experience a political life where populism prevails over scientific evidence. In such turbulent times, it is important for methodologists to investigate how to encourage society to re-focus on robust scientific evidence. We aspire for our Conference to fully cover the diverse interests of our members (qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods).

We are very happy to announce that we have already attracted a large number of very interesting session proposals, covering the whole spectrum of Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods. For more information, visit http://cyprusconferences.org/rc33/.

The conference will also have some really interesting workshops (see a short list):

  • The implications of the Complexity Frame of References for the conduct of Empirical Social Research (David Byrne, Brian Castellani, Emma Uprichard)
  • The challenge of integration in Mixed Methods Research. Twelve strategies (Udo Kuckartz, Stefan Rädiker)
  • Teaching qualitative methods: Challenges, teaching approaches and best practices (Inga Gaižauskaitė, Claire Wagner)
  • The use of sensor data to augment or replace survey questions (Vera Toepoel, Anne Elevelt)

 

We are now in the process of finalizing some inspiring keynote speeches which will certainly be the highlights of the Conference. We are also finalizing a really amazing social program: we can provisionally “leak” that it will most likely include a Gala dinner with lots of Greek meze and unlimited drinks, a guided tour in the old city of Nicosia and an excursion to the beach (so bring your swimsuit)!!!

We have been very lucky to receive support from several sources. Firstly, we are grateful to SAGE for supporting a stimulating Computational Methods panel. We have already started the recruitment of some great speakers; we are sure this panel will be a great success. We are also grateful to GESIS for supporting the organization of our Conference generously. Finally, we thank the Cyprus Tourist Organization for their generous contribution.

You are all invited to submit a proposal for presentation. The procedure is really easy and quick (http://cyprusconferences.org/rc33/submission/).

We will have the Conference in the luxurious Landmark Hotel (ex-Hilton Hotel), near the city center. Submit your proposals, before we run out of space … do not miss this opportunity!

 

… and a few words about Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus; a status it has enjoyed for 1.000 years since the 10th century, though its beginnings date back 5.000 years to the Bronze Age. It lies roughly in the center of the island in the Mesaoria plain, flanked by the beautiful northern range of Kyrenia mountains with its distinctive ‘Pentadaktylos’ – the five finger mountain. There are various suggestions as to the origin of the name Nicosia – or ‘Lefkosia’ in Greek – but the most likely one is linked to the popular tree, the tall ‘Lefki ‘ which once adorned the city.

Based in Nicosia are the government head offices, diplomatic headquarters and the cultural center of Cyprus. The capital presents two distinct faces: the old, original part of the city, surrounded by sturdy Venetian walls over 400 years old, and a busy modern metropolis which has a population of 171.000 together with the suburbs.

Within the large area, encircled by the strong bastion walls that served to protect the town for centuries, are many places of great historic interest.

The central Eleftheria Square links old Nicosia with the elegant modern city that has flourished outside the walls, where hotels, offices restaurants and gardens blend happily with the fine old houses and colonial buildings of this cosmopolitan city.

 

We have been working really hard to prepare an inspiring academic conference as well as an amazing social and cultural experience. We are really looking forward to seeing you in beautiful and sunny Cyprus in September 2020.

 

Iasonas Lamprianou

Chair of the 10th International Conference on Social Science Methodology

Assistant Professor

Department of Social and Political Sciences

University of Cyprus

 

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