4th Annual COMPTEXT Conference 2021 – Dublin, May, 2021

  • Organizing committee leader: James Cross
  • More details soon

3rd Annual COMPTEXT Conference 2020 – Innsbruck, May, 2020

  • Organizing committee leader: Lisa Lechner
  • The conference call is available here.
  • The conference program will be available in February 2020.

2nd Annual POLTEXT Conference 2019 – Tokyo, September 13-15, 2019 

  • Organizing committee leader: Kohei Watanabe
  • Members of the organizing committee: Lisa Lechner, Miklós Sebők
  • The conference call is available here.
  • The conference program is available here.
  • Information on the sponsors of the conference is provided below.

1st Annual POLTEXT Conference 2018 – Budapest, May 9-11, 2018

  • Organizing committee leader: Miklós Sebők
  • Members of the organizing committee: Zsolt Boda, Zsolt Ződi
  • The conference call is available here.
  • The conference program is available here.
  • Information on the sponsors of the conference is available here.

MISSION

COMPTEXT is an international community of quantitative text analysis scholars in political science, international relations and beyond. COMPTEXT is a legacy project of the 2018 POLTEXT Conference in Budapest (organized by Miklós Sebők) and the 2019 POLTEXT Conference in Tokyo (organized by Kohei Watanabe, Lisa Lechner and Miklós Sebők.)  From 2020 the project continues on a new name, one that better reflects our approach.

The name of The COMPTEXT Project reflects

  • The complexity of research problems at the intersection of social sciences (particularly political science and international relations) and information technology
  • The use of computational methods in analyzing textual sources
  • The comparative approach to solving these problems, such as multi-lingual comparative analysis

The Annual Conferences of the COMPTEXT project adhere to the following principles

  • Interdisciplinarity: While there is a special emphasis on political science, international relations, communication studies and the analysis of legal texts, application are welcome from any related field including sociology, economics, computer science, artificial intelligence etc.
  • Equality: we encourage the participation of advanced M.A. and Ph.D students who are expected to give a fair share of presentations at the Annual Conference. We provide equal opportunity to all scholars regardless of ethnicity, gender or religion. In order to enhance the diffusion of quantitative text analysis methods in the social science, each COMPTEXT event feature a dedicated Tutorial Day, where interactive courses are offered on a variety of themes and methodological approaches related to the core mission of the project.
  • Global outlook: the aim of the COMPTEXT community is to expand beyond the U.S. and Western Europe and create a truly global community of quantitative text analysis scholars in the social sciences and beyond. For this reason our aim is to hold the Annual Conference every few years in Asia, Australia, Africa or South America and we also encourage the development of regional sub-networks and thematic workshops.
  • Diversity: our goal is to foster the development of text analysis methods beyond English, the lingua franca of the early 21st century. Therefore, the Annual Conference allocates ample space for the presentation of work undertaken on corpora in languages other than English.

ORGANIZATION

The project is convened by the project leader. The project leader is elected by the executive board. The term of the project leader is three years. Project leaders are limited to two terms. The project leader represents the project between Executive Board (EB) meetings (in person or online). The project leader is responsible for proposing conference sites, lead organizers and new members to the EB. The project leader is responsible for maintaining project infrastructure with the help of EB members.

Strategic decisions are taken by the Executive Board with a simple majority. The executive board consists of the project leader and the lead organizers of future COMPTEXT conferences. Lead organizers are co-opted by existing EB members in a unanimous vote. Lead organizers can opt out of being a member of the EB or can nominate a fellow organizer of the conference in question. In case of split decisions votes are decided by the project leader. Strategic decisions include: decisions on new conference sites, conference program committees, conference local organizing team members, public communication (website, social media, offline), membership of the international advisory board. The international advisory board consists of leading scholars in the field of quantitative text analysis and/or the social sciences. It is convened via email once a year to seek feedback on the strategic plans of the project. 

WHO WE ARE

James Cross

Lisa Lechner

Miklós Sebők

For the period between 2019 and 2021 Miklós Sebők (Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest) serves as the project leader. Further members of the Executive Board include Lisa Lechner (University of Innsbruck) and James Cross (University College Dublin). 

Information on the International Advisory Committee is coming soon.