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About the Conference

The conference will take place at the Hanover Inn, directly across the street from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. If you are traveling to the area from Boston or NYC, you can get to Hanover via the Dartmouth Coach, which will drop you off right next to the hotel.

Participants will arrive at Dartmouth on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 and conference sessions will begin early the next morning. Keynote speeches on Thursday, June 22 will introduce participants to the essential elements of the theory, and provide an overview of recent developments. Keynote speeches on Friday, June 23 will present the new methods and discuss their theoretical implications. Research presentations and flash talks will be clustered thematically around the keynote talks these two days. Methodological training conferences will take place over lunch on Friday and Saturday. The morning of Saturday, June 24 will be dedicated to collaborative research meetings for ongoing projects; the afternoon will be set aside for a series of incubator sessions that will identify future research directions and link potential collaborators (topics TBD as they emerge during the conference). Participants will depart on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

The workshop will serve three important functions. First, it will provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to affect control theory. Keynote speeches by prominent scholars will introduce the theory, summarize key empirical findings and support, and review major developments over the last few years. Fifteen-minute research presentations will describe empirical findings from recently completed research. Five-minute flash talks will present work in progress, and provide a low-cost, high-return opportunity for emerging scholars to share their ideas with the broader community. Second, the workshop will familiarize participants with new methodological approaches in this tradition and their implications for theory development around questions of sociological interest. Experts in these methods will summarize major developments, and hands-on training conferences will provide participants with a primer on the methods and how to use them. Third, the workshop will facilitate ongoing collaborative work and generate new research ideas by providing a forum for scholars to share and develop their ideas. This tripartite program structure will enable those who are unfamiliar to learn about both established social theory and novel computational methods, while providing insiders with a review of the diverse new work coming out of this tradition.