CfP@ECPR-METHODS: 41st Annual Conference of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, Chicago

41st Annual Conference of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research November 18-19, 2016 Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown, 600 N. State Street

This year, the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research’s (MAPOR) 41st annual conference welcomes paper, poster, and panel proposals exploring public opinion research broadly understood. Abstracts on any topic related to public opinion research, theory, or methodology are welcome. We are particularly interested in papers that relate to our conference theme:  “Small and Big Data in a Time of Change”

As society advances, changes, and progresses so does public opinion. So tracking public opinion about elections, personal preference, or consumer choice as well as understanding how opinions, ideas, preferences, and theories are formed and communicated in a public forum becomes important, especially during times of political transition. Technological and methodological advances facilitate better public opinion tracking. For example, smartphones and other mobile devices afford constant internet access; social media affords users the ability to express and follow opinions by audiences worldwide. While much of the data generated from mobile devices, social media, and other new technological modalities is big, new technologies also afford researchers new digital means of going “small”. Methodologies such as focus groups, message testing, questionnaire evaluation and development, and ethnographies are now beginning to take advantage of some of these new digital pathways. Papers exploring substantive or methodological approaches that take advantage of big or small data sources or the technological or methodological innovations that generate such data for measuring, quantifying, testing, and exploring public opinion about a wide array of topics-including, but not limited to, politics, elections, mass media, consumer interests/behavior, cross-cultural, and special populations-are sought. In addition to presenting at the conference, authors will have the option to post accepted papers or slides online at after the conference.


Submissions: Abstracts of 300 words or less can be submitted at In addition to a title and abstract, you will be asked to provide the name, institutional affiliation, and email address for all authors. References are not required, and exemplar abstracts are featured in the abstract submission site. The same author’s name may appear as first author on a maximum of two submissions. To allow for blind review, please remove all personally identifying information from the abstract’s text before submission.


Note to student authors: If all authors are students who will be enrolled in an undergraduate orgraduate program at the time of the conference, you may submit your paper to the MAPOR Fellows Student Paper Competition. When submitting a student paper to the competition, a student will be asked to provide the name and e-mail address of a faculty mentor. The faculty mentor will be asked to send an email of 25 words or less endorsing the paper when the full paper is submitted.


Panel Proposals: Panels focus on a common theme and include 4 or 5 participants. A panel proposal requires a description of 300 words or less discussing the issues to be addressed and their importance. Also, submissions should list the potential panelists, their institutional affiliations, email addresses, and tentative titles of presentations. Panels related to the conference theme are especially encouraged.


Deadline: Midnight CDT on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Accepted papers sharing a theme will be scheduled during a paper session. Papers with more individualized topics will be scheduled during a poster session. MAPOR considers both types of presentation equally valuable. All submitters will be notified via e-mail by August 15 of their abstract’s acceptance status. For questions or problems with the submission process, please contact the conference chair.

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