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2014 - RSA Annual Meeting Words: 149 words || 
1. Baldasso, Renzo. "Elements of Patronage? Printing and Publishing the Editio Princeps of Euclid’s Elements" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, New York, NY, Hilton New York, <Not Available>. 2019-11-19 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: In the letter dedicating the first printed edition of Euclid’s Elements to Doge Mocenigo, Erhard Ratdolt makes several assertions about the state of mathematics, holding that it cannot be understood without figures and that printing difficulties have prevented the publications of mathematical works. Claiming to have invented a new method for printing diagrams, Ratdolt presents the Elements with more than 500 figures, an unprecedented number compared to the manuscript tradition. He suggests this invention (presented as nostro invento, i.e., his and the doge’s) will lead to the publication of many mathematical works, which, in turn, will alter the cultural reach of mathematics. This paper reassesses Ratdolt’s claims about mathematics and his attempt to seek patronage on the basis of recently discovered binding and typographic evidence (e.g., seven copies bear the dedicatory letter printed in gold) indicating that Ratdolt composed the letter after having printed (at least) the first quire.

2005 - American Association For Public Opinion Association Words: 148 words || 
2. Thomas, Randall., Miller, Kerri. and Johnson, Alyssa. "Rating versus Comparative Trade-off Measures: Effects of Task, Topic, Element Differentiation, and Number of Elements on Validity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association For Public Opinion Association, Fontainebleau Resort, Miami Beach, FL, <Not Available>. 2019-11-19 <>
Publication Type: Paper/Poster Proposal
Abstract: While we have found that comparative trade-off tasks had inferior validity compared to rating tasks, our prior studies had respondents evaluate elements that were highly differentiated in terms of importance or favorability. However, comparative tasks have been proposed to function better when the elements to be evaluated are harder to differentiate in terms of importance or favorability. Based on the results from a pilot study, we created element sets that were either clearly differentiated from high to low in importance and positivity or were less differentiated (all more desirable/important). Respondents were then randomly assigned to 1 of 6 evaluative tasks (rating, 5 comparative tasks - full ranking of elements, top 3 ranking, top-bottom ranking, constant sum, and paired comparison). We replicated and extended many of our earlier results. Some notable differences between the tasks emerged when the elements were less clearly differentiated.

2007 - American Political Science Association Pages: 10 pages || Words: 2692 words || 
3. Cotto-Serrano, Raul. "Teaching and Learning Political Theory: Focusing on the Elements that Hold the Main Theory Together" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago, IL, Aug 30, 2007 <Not Available>. 2019-11-19 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This essay suggests a strategy for teaching political philosophy. In response to the usual difficulties in capturing the interest of students and in an attempt to guide them through a detailed consideration of a political theory, a two-step approach is suggested. First the student’s attention is directed to the contemporary relevance of the questions posed by the classical political theorists, and then, a simple model of the internal structure of a political theory is used in order to facilitate the analysis and comparison between theories.
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2005 - American Sociological Association Pages: 20 pages || Words: 5249 words || 
4. Schildt, Henri. "Acting out Social Institutions: Routine, Planned, and Improvisational Elements of Organizational Action" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 12, 2005 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-11-19 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: To understand the role of creative agency in organizations, structural and systemic perspective need to be complemented with actor-centric perspectives. This article discusses ‘organizational action’ as the composite of individuals acting with interrelated (but not uniform) intentions. My analytical framework divides organizational action into three core elements: routine, planned, and improvisational. While routine action is commonly acknowledged both as the source and outcome of social institutions, the extant theory has largely ignored the effects institutions have on the other two elements of organizational action. This exposes an integral but yet underemphasized role of planning and deliberation should have in neo-institutional theory. Social institutions influence the formation of plans, while plans themselves represent important micro-institutions in contemporary organizations. My analysis also contributes to the understanding of organizational improvisation by examining the factors affecting the interpretation of action situations and the construction of pragmatic responses. Routines and plans are identified as the key elements which mediate institutional effects to improvisation.

2003 - International Communication Association Pages: 11 pages || Words: 4256 words || 
5. Pauwels, Luc. "Visual Research in the Social Sciences: Key elements of a taxonomic and methodological framework" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 Online <.PDF>. 2019-11-19 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to critically assess of the possi-bili-ties, limita-tions and specific demands of the use of the camera and its im-agery (photo-graph, film, video) within the social sciences as well as to provide a theoreti-cal and methodologi-cal basis for the use of visuals in social scientific en-deav-ours. The object of this enquiry directly ties in with the recent efforts of emerging subdisciplines of the social sciences: 'visual sociology' and 'visual an-thropology', which seek to ex-plore the potential of visual media to collect data and facilitate scientific com-mu-ni-cation.

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