POLTEXT 2019: The 3rd International Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Quantitative Analysis of Textual Data

14-15 September 2019, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

The next POLTEXT symposium will take place in Tokyo, Japan in September 2019. The conference aims to facilitate the knowledge exchange between social scientists and computer scientists who address social, political or economic issues through the analysis of textual data by employing quantitative methods. It also features multi-lingual analysis of textual data to promote the methodology beyond the English language. In this, the symposium will be the first of its kind in Japan. Jonathan Slapin (University of Essex) and Amy Catalinac (New York University) have been confirmed as keynote speakers related to these two themes, respectively.

We strongly encourage scholars who employ quantitative text analysis methods to submit abstracts for presentation at the conference. Both substantive and methodological papers will be accepted for presentation. Substantive papers may be related to any social science or humanities discipline as long as the project is based on a quantitative analysis of textual data. Possible subjects for methodological papers may include text classification, topic modeling, information extraction, sentiment analysis, ideal point estimation, argumentation mining, political reputation analysis, and multilingual comparison.

Following the precedence of the previous POLTEXT Incubator Workshop in 2018 (, we are planning to offer free tutorial sessions (e.g. Quantitative Text Analysis in R, Quantitative Analysis of Textual Data using Machine Learning) to participants on the day before the main event (13 September). If you are interested in offering a tutorial on methods or text mining tools, please contact the organizers.

The symposium is organized by Kohei Watanabe (Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University), Miklós Sebők (Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and Lisa Lechner (University of Innsbruck).


Proposals, along with an abstract of 250 words and six keywords, should be submitted via the submission form ( by 31 March 2019. Notifications of acceptance are due by 30 April. The registration deadline is 30 August. Full-length papers must be uploaded by 31 August. Selected papers will be published in the symposium proceedings.


We understand that traveling to Japan is a costly affair. Therefore our aim is to offer financial support to young scholars traveling from overseas with the help of charitable foundations and sponsorship by Japanese scholars. If you need financial support, please indicate in the abstract submission form ( Full or partial travel funds will be available for graduate students and early career researchers (up to four years since doctorate has been granted) who are willing to take part in bi-lateral co-operations with Japanese scholars and host institutions. We will offer more detail on these travel options as soon as funds become available.