*** Deadline extended to Tuesday, 15.08.2023 ***
4th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (SMUS Conference) &4th RC33 Regional Conference Asia: Thailand, 23‒29.07.2024, hosted by Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
We hereby invite you to submit an abstract for the “4th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability” (“SMUS Conference”), which will simultaneously be the “4th RC33 Regional Conference Asia: Thailand” and take place on site at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand) from Tuesday, July 23rd, to Monday, July 29th, 2024.
About the Conference
The “Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability” (GCSMUS or SMUS) 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 4th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (“SMUS Conference”), which will simultaneously be the 4th RC33 Regional Conference Asia: Thailand, and take place on site at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand) from Tuesday, July 23rd, to Monday, July 29th, 2024.
The seven-day conference aims at continuing a global dialogue on methods and should attract methodologists from all over the world and all social and spatial sciences (e. g. anthropology, area studies, architecture, communication studies, computational sciences, digital humanities, educational sciences, geography, historical sciences, humanities, landscape planning, philosophy, psychology, sociology, urban design, urban planning, traffic planning and environmental planning). The conference programme will include keynotes, sessions and advanced methodological training courses. With this intention, we invite scholars of all social and spatial sciences and other scholars who are interested in methodological discussions to suggest an abstract 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 (GCSMUS): https://gcsmus.org/
- ISA RC33: http://rc33.org/
- ESA RN21: europeansociology.org/research-networks/rn21-quantitative-methods
- Chulalongkorn University: https://www.chula.ac.th/en/
If you are interested in getting further information on the conference and other GCSMUS activities, please subscribe to the SMUS newsletter by registering via the following website:
Conference Streams and Sessions
At the moment, we have 58 confirmed sessions. The sessions are organized into 13 streams, namely:
A: Decolonizing Methodology
B: Researchers’ Positionality and Research Ethics
C: The Longue Durée and and Transformation-Oriented Methods
D: Comparison and Cross-Cultural Methods
E: Ethnography and Cultural-Based Methodology
F: Mapping, Visuality and Spatial Method
G: Quantitative Methods and Digital Methods
H: Mobility and Spatial Methods
I: Affect and Assemblage in Spatial Methods
J: Well-Being, Health and Spatial Methods
K: Gender in Spatial Methods
L: Transdisciplinary Approaches and Spatial Methods for Policy, Planning, and Governance
M: Methods for Special Issues
Please visit our sessions page for more information about sessions.
Submission of Abstracts
If you are interested in presenting a paper in any SMUS Thailand 2024 session, please submit an English-language abstract containing the following information to SMUS Thailand via our google form between 25.05.2023 and 15.08.2023.
- Mention the Session Number and Name
- Paper Title
- Speakers (= name(s), email address(es), institutional affiliation(s))
- 100-200 Word Abstract (= short description of the proposed talk. The abstract should explain which methodological problem is addressed, why this is relevant, how the paper refers to the session and what the general line of argument will be.)
- Only one submission per individual will be entertained.
Please note that all sessions must adhere to the rules of session organization comprised in the RC33 statutes and GCSMUS Objectives (see below). Please note that you can give a maximum of two papers at the conference, including joint papers. The conference organizers will inform you if your proposed paper has been accepted for presentation at the conference. For further information, please see the conference website or contact the session organizers.
Please also kindly forward this call to anybody to whom it might be of interest.
SMUS 2024 Conference Convener
Rules for Session Organization
- There will be no conference fees.
- The session organizers and speakers will be expected to provide for their own funding for accommodation and travel expenses. However, members of SMUS partner institutions will be able to apply for a travel grant via their home institution. In addition, there will be travel grants for non-SMUS scholars from India who present a paper or organize a session. Travel grants will be high enough to fully cover travel costs and living expenses. Details on the application process will follow in autumn this year.
- The conference language is English. All papers therefore need to be presented in English.
- All sessions have to be international: Each session should have speakers from at least two countries (exceptions will need good reasons).
- Each paper must contain a methodological problem (any area, qualitative or quantitative).
- There will be several calls for abstracts via the SMUS, 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.
- SMUS, RC33 and RN21 members may distribute these calls via other channels. SMUS members and session organizers are expected to actively advertise their session in their respective scientific communities.
- 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 these speakers.
- Session organizers may present a paper in their own session.
- 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: for example, 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.
- 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.
- Papers directly addressed to the conference organising committee, suggesting a session. The conference organizers will check the formal rules and then offer the paper to the session organizer of the most appropriate session. 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 has to be sent back to the conference organizing committee as soon as possible so that the committee can offer the papers to another session organizer.