26 June to 7 July 2023 | University of Johannesburg


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From 26 June to 7 July, 2023, the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation and the National Science Foundation will sponsor the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science, to be held in online format. The purpose of the Institute is to bring together postgraduate students, postdoctoral early career and independent researchers interested in computational social science. The Institute is for both social scientists (broadly conceived) and data scientists (broadly conceived).

The instructional program will involve lectures, group problem sets and participant-led research projects. There will also be outside speakers who conduct computational social science research in a variety of settings, particularly within the African contexts. Topics covered include text as data, website scraping, digital field experiments, machine learning and ethics. There will be ample opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and research with the organizers, other participants, and visiting speakers. Because we are committed to open and reproducible research, all materials created by faculty and students for the Institute will be released open source.

Participation is restricted to registered masters and doctoral students, postdoctoral, early career and independent researchers. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and fields of study, especially applicants from groups currently under-represented in computational social science. About 15 - 20 participants will be invited, and participants are expected to fully attend and participate in the entire two week program.

Application materials are due 11:59pm SAST (GMT+2) on Friday, 31 March, 2023 Friday 21 April, 2023.

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Please note that this winter school has moved from hybrid to online format.

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