New Directions in Analyzing Text as Data (2014)

October 10, 2014

Announcing the Fifth Annual

New Directions in Analyzing Text as Data Conference

at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University


Call for Papers


Friday, October 10, 2014, 8:30 am – Saturday, October 11, 2014, 4:00 pm

Wieboldt Hall, Kellogg School of Management, Chicago, IL



We invite you to attend the fifth annual research conference on "New Directions in Analyzing Text as Data" that will be held at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management on October 10-11, 2014. This two-day invitation-only conference draws together scholars from many different universities and disciplines to discuss developments in text as data research.


The main purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers from political science, computer science and linguistics to investigate new approaches to utilizing text in political science research. Text has always been a valuable resource for political science research. However, recent developments in digital archiving as well as breakthroughs in automatic language-processing methodologies from the fields of information retrieval, natural language processing, and machine learning are creating unprecedented opportunities for searching, categorizing, and extracting political information from text.


Jointly sponsored by the Ford Center for Global Citizenship at Northwestern University, the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics, and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, this year’s event will take place in Chicago, hosted by the Ford Center. These conferences are co-organized by Ken Benoit (PI on the Quantitative Analysis of Textual Data for Social Sciences project at LSE),Daniel Diermeier (Ford Center director), and Arthur Spirling (“New Directions in Text Analysis” at Harvard).


Submission Information

Please submit title and abstract by May 15, 2014. Submissions should be original research papers that have not yet been accepted for publication.


Submissions should be sent to Peggy Cornog at

The program will be announced by August 15, 2014.


Logistical questions can be addressed to Kendra Busse at

The conference organizer is Daniel Diermeier,



Conference registration fees, accommodation, and meals for paper presenters and discussants on the program will be paid by the conference host. The conference is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship at Northwestern University and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.


Best regards,


Daniel Diermeier

IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University