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Call for Papers: Cambridge ESRC-DTC Student Conference 2016

Call for Papers: Cambridge ESRC-DTC Student Conference 2016

New Forms of Data: Innovation in the Social Sciences

Friday 2nd December 2016; Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Site


Conference details

We are pleased to announce that this year's ESRC-DTC student conference will be taking place on Friday 2nd December 2016. All students at any stage of their studies are strongly encouraged to contribute and reflect on the theme of the conference: 'New forms of data: Innovation in the social sciences'. In particular, we welcome students presenting findings from recently completed Masters projects, new students exploring their initial research ideas, as well as doctoral candidates thinking through the methods they will use over the course of their research, or who are now reflecting on methodology as they write-up. Whatever stage you are at with your studies, the conference will be a great opportunity to get feedback and discussion on your work in a relaxed, interdisciplinary environment.

We invite students working in all ESRC-funded fields and disciplines to contribute to a conversation on the challenges of data collection, interpretation and analysis, as well as the communication of research in public and academic domains. What methodologies are students employing in their research? What key findings have arisen from these various methodologies? What are the practical and ethical challenges that have arisen from these methods, and how have researchers overcome them? How are 'big data' and 'new social media' changing the way academics and non-academics undertake and communicate their research? What can other ESRC-funded students learn from your experience, and what sorts of impact might your research have?

Three types of contributions are welcomed for the conference. Firstly, students can present short 15 minute papers which will be grouped together by the committee into a panel format, followed by discussion. Secondly, students are encouraged to apply in groups of between two and four to present collective panel engagements with the conference theme with time-slots of up to an hour. Finally, for those wishing to present longer papers, there will be slots of between 30 and 45 minutes followed by floor discussion.

As well as papers from DTC students, there will be panel discussions from academic and non-academic keynote speakers on the rise of 'big data' and other innovations within the social sciences. We are also organising a panel session from DTC students nearing the completion of their degrees, who will be discussing how students can engage with these innovations during their studies in order to build more informed and impactful research. There will be more details to follow on both of these soon. The conference will also include lunch and refreshments, and will be followed by a drinks reception.

All those interested in contributing, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words (including five key words) to the ESRC-DTC Student Conference Committee by 18 November 2016. Please submit abstracts via email to Sam Strong ( , and include your full name, department and year of study. Please also indicate the type of presentation you wish to be considered for (whether a short paper presentation, group panel discussion, or long paper presentation) and if you are submitting as a group. Successful submissions will be notified via email.

We look forward to reading your submissions,

Sam, Sarah, Martha and Kim (The ESRC-DTC Student Conference Committee 2016)


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