Conference «A Complex Gaze at a Complex World: Challenges of Comparison in Social Research» 25-27/05/2012

The Centre for Independent Social Research and Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research announce an international conference titled

A Complex Gaze at a Complex World: Challenges of Comparison in Social Research

May 25-27, 2012, Saint Petersburg

We invite social researchers with experience in conducting empirical comparative, multidisciplinary, and multi-sited newss either individually or as part of a team. By exploring and contrasting specific case studies, we intend to discuss the benefits and limits of complexly designed studies. We plan to devote special attention to issues and strategies involved in comparing research outcomes across sites, the reflections of participants in collective research newss on the organization and execution of fieldwork, data analysis and interpretation, and collaborative work on co-authoring reports, articles, and books.

The working language of the conference is English; the roundtables will be conducted in both Russian and English.

Those interested in participating should fill out the application form, which is accessible on the conference website, and submit abstracts of their papers (300 words maximum) by October 20, 2011.

Session organizers should send their CV, proposed session title and a short description of the session (500 words maximum), together with a list of intended participants who have agreed to take part in the conference, directly to the organizers at

The end of May is the time when the Saint Petersburg white nights begin, and conference participants will have an opportunity to experience and enjoy this beautiful season and take part in a program of cultural activities.

We look forward to welcoming you to Saint Petersburg!

You will find more details about the conference in the attachment or on the conference website:

For all questions please contact Elena Bogdanova and Anastasia Meylakhs

Centre for Independent Social Research
191040 Saint Petersburg, PO box 193
telephone/fax +7-812-718 3796

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