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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

6th Conference of the European Social Simulation Association Conference

University of Surrey, Guilford, UK calls for papers for the 6th Conference of the European Social Simulation Association Conference, “Simulating the Social Processes of Science”, September 14-18, 2009. Submission deadline: April 14, 2009.

6th Conference of the European Social Simulation Association Conference
Call for Papers for: Simulating the Social Processes of Science
A special topic at ESSA 2009
The 6th Conference of the European Social Simulation Association Conference
14-18 September 2009, Univ. of Surrey, Guilford (just outside London), UK.
Deadline for submissions: 14th April, 2009
If we believe that computational simulation can help the understanding of complex social processes and that science is an important complex process with substantial social importance then it is worth trying to further
understanding of it using social simulation. This topic will to examine how computational simulations can help us understand the social processes or science (or otherwise) -- it is not linked to any prior theoretical stance or commitment.
The Wider ESSA Conference:
ESSA 2009 will, like its predecessors, attract the best papers from across the world, describing the newest and most significant social simulation work. These will cover: human, animal and artificial societies, and apply a wide range of techniques. Social Simulation seems to be at a "tipping point" between revolutionary and normal science where it is introducing more rigour into its methods. Come to participate in the formation of a new science!
The conference will be held at the University of Surrey, Guildford. The Sociology Department there is rated as one of the top centres for sociology research in the UK. It is just outside London in the pretty town of Guilford, near Heathrow Airport and easily accessible from Gatwick.
The invited speakers are:
* Mark Bedau, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Reed College and
Editor of Artificial Life
* Jim Doran, Emeritus Professor of the Univ. of Essex and one of the
founders of Social Simulation
* Tim Kohler, Professor in the Dept. of Anthropology, Washington State
University and Santa Fe
For more details on ESSA 2009, see: http://cress.soc.surrey.ac.uk/essa2009/
All papers that seriously address the problem of simulating the social processes of science will be considered. Submission will be done via the ESSA 2009 system -- but indicate that its of the special topic of "Simulating the Social Processes of Science" during that submission process using the supplied list of topics.
All the accepted papers will be included in the ESSA 2009 electronic proceedings. If there are sufficient high-quality papers fopr this special topic they will be published in a special issue of a journal.