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Call for Papers and Panels
6th Conference on Applications of Social Network Analysis, August 27-28,
Hosted by the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich
Expanding networks: New reality or new perspective?
The network term has experienced an inflationary usage over the last two
decades, both among scholars and in the wider public. The network metaphor
has been increasingly used to explain various social phenomena such as
friendship or opinion formation, tech-nological innovation or global
development. From a scientific perspective, it is widely understood today
that social entities such as consumers, voters, firms, organizations or
whole states with their choices and behavior form network structures that,
in turn, con-dition again choices and actions of these social entities.
Parallel to the increasing use of network concepts, the research stream of
Social Network Analysis (SNA) has expanded and spans today myriad scholarly
fields including biology, anthropology, sociology, history, social
psychology, political science, human geography, economics, communica-tion
science, and others. Theories, methods and applications from SNA have proven
to be useful in studying the behavior of groups of individuals,
organizational structures, information processing, or political processes.
The 6th Conference on Applications of Social Network Analysis (ASNA) has the
goal to assess the state of the field and discuss current developments and
innova-tions in social network research. As for the previous years, ASNA
2009 will primarily provide an interdisciplinary venue with focus on
applications of social network analysis. However, submissions on theoretical
and methodological issues are also welcome. There are no limitations with
respect of scientific disciplines and research questions. However,
contributors are especially encouraged to address the conference topic of
“Expanding networks: New reality or new perspective?” Has the reality (i.e.
the object under study) in the respective field changed and is it becoming
more connected? Or were there networks ever since and SNA primarily provides
a new analytical perspective?
Abstracts of no more than 300 words have to be submitted by June 1 (send
your ab-stract by e-mail to info [at] asna.ch). You will be notified about
the acceptance of your submission by June 15, and you will have to submit a
full paper by August 1. Every paper will be discussed by a respondent, which
means that by presenting every partici-pant agrees to be a respondent for
another paper. Presenters will have the opportunity to make their paper
available to a broader audience on the conference website. Additional-ly, an
edited volume containing the conference contributions will be published in
In addition to single papers we also welcome proposals for panels. This
provides you the opportunity to organize your own topic related panel.
Please post your own call or invite interested scientists. The requirements
regarding deadlines of abstract and full paper submission are the same.
Please do not hesitate to contact the organizing commit-tee for further
Prof. Martin Everett will give a Keynote presentation on “Regular
equivalence beyond the social science boundary” as well as a one day
pre-conference workshop on SNA, UCINET and NetDraw (August 26).
Please note the following deadlines
• Abstract submission by June 15 (notification of acceptance by June 30)
• Conference registration by August 1
• Full paper submission by August 1
Further information about ASNA 2009 (and previous conferences) can be found
on the conference website: www.asna.ch
Contact: info [at] asna.ch
Thomas N. Friemel, U of Zurich, Institute of Mass Communication and Media
Christian Hirschi, ETH Zurich, Institute for Environmental Decisions
Karin Ingold, ETH Zurich, Institute for Environmental Decisions
Uwe Serdült, U of Zurich, Centre for Democracy Aarau
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