Data-Driven Development in Africa Conference

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Call for Papers
November 15, 2015
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Demographic History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Economic History / Studies, Political Science

The Penn State Program on African Studies will host the 2016 African Social Data Conference from February 12-13th, 2016. We are calling for original papers relevant to the collection and analysis of quantitative social, economic or political data from the African continent. Papers are expected to address the significance of social science data for African development, broadly defined.  We encourage submissions that examine how existing data systems, new technologies, innovative methods, and Big Data could be used for addressing substantive questions emerging in or across African countries. In addition, we welcome papers that address technical issues of measurement and analysis, including issues of sampling and missing data, as well as papers that introduce new datasets to address questions of public policy concern.

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The deadline for receiving all submissions is November 15th, 2015. The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by December 15th, 2015 and drafts of all completed manuscript are expected to be received by January 30th, 2016.

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If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Thomas at or Elizabeth Carlson at (Conference Faculty Organizers for the African Studies Program at Penn State) or Marie Carlson at (Administrative Support Assistant, African Studies Progam at Penn State)

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