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A New Nonlinear Dynamic Latent Variable Framework

Augustin Kelava and Holger Brandt published a new nonlinear dynamic latent class structural equation model (NDLC-SEM) framework in the Structural Equation Modeling Journal. The NDLC-SEM is capable of intra-individual psychological processes (e.g., changes in affective states as trajectories in mathematics studies), which for example could predict a drop-out. These processes are decomposed into parts which include individual-specific components (e.g., vulnerabilities, stable risk factors such as personality factors or cognitive abilities) and time-specific components. The NDLC-SEM acts as a very comprehensive framework that allows to integrate information of different data-levels and flexible relationships between variables (e.g., specific interactions).

Kelava, A. & Brandt, H. (2019). A nonlinear dynamic latent class structural equation model. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 26(4), 509-528.  doi: 10.1080/10705511.2018.1555692

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Call for Abstracts

The international and interdisciplinary conference "Gender, Work and Organization" with the title" Transforming Contexts, Transforming Selves: Gender in New Times" (24th - 26th June 2020) is asking for contributions. The deadline is on the 1st November 2019.

From the announcement:

"Our stream invites contributions that aspire to bring together theoretical, methodological and empirical reflections of researching, doings and undoings of gender, as well as other doings of differences. The following questions may be relevant, but are of course not exhaustive:

  • How can we conceptualize and empirically investigate different possible ranges of undoing and not doing gender? We suggest that understandings of not doing and undoing gender need to be specified with regard to different levels of analysis, such as materialities, discourses, institutions and interactions. Even if only separable analytically, empirical investigations should differentiate in order to determine and empirically depict possible ranges of undoing and not doing gender.

  • How can we empirically capture the complexity of differentiation processes (by gender, age, class, race, ability, citizenship, etc.) and conceptualize them? Moreover, how can “(un)doing differences” be conceptualized and taken up empirically?

  • How should we conceive the relation between theory and methods? As our above considerations show, theory and methods always constitute each other and can best be thought of as theory-methods packages, which „produce“ or generate their very subjects. Which “packages” can tackle the complexities of persistence and change relevant for understanding recent transformations?

  • What kind of methods and methodologies have been developed for the analysis of (un)doing? Where can we identify needs for future developments, and how can we address these needs?

  • How and in what ways are questions of undoing and not doing gender related to questions of structure and agency? What are conceptual expansions that are promising and fruitful?

  • What are the affective practices and different intensities of (un)doing gender? How useful is the recent turn to affect for studying doing gender and differences?

Abstracts of approximately 500 words (submitted direct to stream leaders, ONE page, WORD NOT PDF, single spaced, excluding any references, no headers, footers or track changes) are invited by Friday 1st November 2019. [...]"

Call for Abstracts