for the “1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods” (SMUS Conference) and “1st RC33 Regional Conference – Africa: Botswana” in cooperation with
ESA RN21 “Quantitative Methods”
We hereby invite you to submit an abstract for the “1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods” (SMUS Conference) and “1st RC33 Regional Conference – Africa: Botswana” in co- operation with ESA RN21 “Quantitative Methods” 23 – 26.09.2021, organised and hosted online by the University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana.
About the Conference
The “Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability” (GCSMUS) together with the Research Committee on “Logic and Methodology in Sociology” (RC33) of the “International Sociology Association” (ISA) and the Research Network “Quantitative Methods” (RN21) of the European Sociology Association” (ESA) will organize a “1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods” (“SMUS Conference”) which will at the same time be the “1st RC33 Regional Conference – Africa: Botswana” from Thursday 23.09 – Sunday 26.09.2021, hosted by the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana.
Given the current challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will convene entirely online. The conference aims at promoting a global dialogue on methods and should attract methodologists from all over the world and all social and spatial sciences (e.g. area studies, architecture, communication studies, educational sciences, geography, historical sciences, humanities, landscape planning, philosophy, psychology, sociology, urban design, urban planning, traffic planning and environmental planning). Thus, the conference will enable scholars to get in contact with methodologists from various disciplines all over the world and to deepen discussions with researchers from various methodological angles.
Scholars of all social and spatial sciences and other scholars who are interested in methodological discussions are invited to submit a paper to any sessions of the conference. All papers have to address a methodological problem.
Please find more information on the above institutions on the following websites:
- Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability
- ISA RC33
- ESA RN21
- University of Botswana in Gaborone
If you are interested in getting further information on the conference (such as Calls for Abstracts) and other GCSMUS activities, please subscribe to the GCSMUS newsletter .
Submission of Papers
The submission of abstracts has been closed.
You will be informed by 31.07.2021, if your proposed paper has been accepted for presentation at the conference. For further information and updates, please send an email to email@example.com.
Rules for Session Organization (According to GCSMUS Objectives and RC 33 Statutes)
1. There will be no conference fees.
2. The conference language is English. All papers therefore need to be presented
3. All sessions have to be international: Each session should have speakers from
at least two countries (exceptions will need good reasons).
4. Each paper must contain a methodological problem (any area, qualitative or
5. There will be several calls for abstracts via the GCSMUS, RC33 and RN21
Newsletters. To begin with, session organizers can prepare a call for abstracts
on their own initiative, then at a different time, there will be a common call for
abstracts, and session organizers can ask anybody to submit a paper.
6. GCSMUS, RC33 and RN21 members may distribute these calls via other
channels. GCSMUS members and session organizers are expected to actively
advertise their session in their respective scientific communities.
7. Speakers can only have one talk per session. This also applies for joint papers.
It will not be possible for A and B to present at the same time one paper as B
and A during the same session. This would just extend the time allocated to
8. Session organizers may present a paper in their own session.
9. Sessions will have a length of 90 minutes with a maximum of 4 papers or a
length of 120 minutes with a maximum of 6 papers. Session organizers can invite as many speakers as they like. The number of sessions depends on
the number of papers submitted to each session. E.g. if 12 good papers are
submitted to a session, there will be two sessions with a length of 90 minutes
each with 6 papers in each session.
10. Papers may only be rejected for the conference if they do not present a
methodological problem as stated above), are not in English or are somehow
considered by session organizers as not being appropriate or relevant for the
conference. Session organizers may ask authors to revise and resubmit their
paper so that it fits these requirements. If session organizers do not wish to
consider a paper submitted to their session, they should inform the author and
forward the paper to the local organizing team who will find a session where
the paper fits for presentation.
11. Papers directly addressed to the conference organising committee (and those
forwarded from session organizers) will be offered to other session organizers
(after proofing for quality). The session organizers will have to decide on whether
or not the paper can be included in their session(s). If the session organizers
think that the paper does not fit into their session(s), the papers should be sent
back to the conference organizing committee as soon as possible so that the
committee can offer the papers to another session organizer.