Call for Proposals for ICQE 2019 October 20-22

Submissions due 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8), 10 May 2019.

The International Conference on Quantitative Ethnography (ICQE) in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, is the first international forum for researchers to present research, learn new methodological techniques, and network with other scholars working in the new and growing field of quantitative ethnography.

With the first International Conference on Quantitative Ethnography we hope to bring together scholars from different disciplines such as sociology, learning sciences, engineering, mathematics/statistics, anthropology and the humanities all focused on how the area of big data changes our possibilities for understanding and designing for human experiences such as learning and social interaction. The focus of the conference is the exploration of new analytic approaches based on big data which create new intersections between classical ethnographic methodologies and modern statistical methods. Both approaches share the challenge of creating meaning and knowledge from overwhelming amounts of data. Quantitative Ethnography blends useful tools from both traditions allowing researchers to tell textured stories at scale.

As this is the first conference of its kind, we encourage work of many kinds, including (but not limited to):

  • Work from a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and other fields
  • Work that represents new and innovative uses of tools for quantitative ethnography, including network analysis, automated coding, and approaches to reliability and validity of quantitative ethnographic analyses
  • Work that explores the relationship between different techniques or methods for conducting quantitative ethnographic analyses
  • Work that uses new and innovative solutions, tools, and methods to conduct quantitative ethnographic analyses
  • Work that extends quantitative ethnographic techniques to new types of data, fields of study, or research questions
  • Work that is formative, and describes prospective thinking about planned studies
  • Work that presents empirical results, whether preliminary, exploratory, or confirmatory
  • Work that discusses new theoretical issues in quantitative ethnography, or discusses and examines existing theoretical frameworks

The primary criteria are that work being presented is theoretically and methodologically thoughtful and sound, and helps build the QE community by sharing ideas, methods, resources, and inspiration.

Submission Instructions

  • To submit a paper, poster abstract, doctoral consortium abstract, and early career workshop abstract, use the following link.
  • Submissions should be written in English and must follow the Springer Formatting instructions.
  • Review of all submissions will be double-blind. Please prepare your papers accordingly (see the Word template for suggestions).
  • Submission Deadline: 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8), 10 May 2019.


Attendance at workshops is complementary for registered participants in the conference. Registration for workshops wlll be first-come-first-served, and additional information about workshops will be available soon on the conference website.

Submission Review and Notification

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

All authors on submitted manuscripts must agree to review at least 2 papers for the conference’s international program committee. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least 2 members of the QE community, and a review of individual submissions will be overseen by a program committee member.

Paper submissions may be accepted as is, accepted with suggestions for revisions, accepted as posters (in which case the authors will need to prepare a 2-page abstract) or rejected. Poster submissions may be accepted as is or rejected.

All accepted papers, poster abstracts, doctoral consortium abstracts, and early career workshop abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings.

Acceptance notifications will be sent on or before 16 August 2019. Final papers, poster abstracts, and doctoral consortium abstracts will be due 27 September 2019 for inclusion in the conference proceedings.