Call for Papers: Conference at Harvard on Networks in Political Science

The study of networks has exploded over the last decade, both in the social
and hard sciences. From sociology to biology, there has been a paradigm
shift from a focus on the units of the system to the relationships among
those units. Despite a tradition incorporating network ideas dating back at
least 70 years, political science has been largely left out of this recent
creative surge. This has begun to change, as witnessed, for example, by an
exponential increase in network-related research presented at the major
disciplinary conferences.

We therefore announce an open call for paper proposals for presentation at
a conference on "Networks in Political Science" (NIPS), aimed at _all_ of
the subdisciplines of political science. NIPS is supported by the National
Science Foundation, and sponsored by the Program on Networked Governance at
Harvard University.

The conference will take place June 13-14. Preceding the conference will be
a series of workshops introducing existing substantive areas of research,
statistical methods (and software packages) for dealing with the
distinctive dependencies of network data, and network visualization. There
will be a $50 conference fee. Limited funding will be available to defray
the costs of attendance for doctoral students and recent (post 2005) PhDs.
Funding may be available for graduate students not presenting papers, but
preference will be given to students using network analysis in their
dissertations.  Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

The deadline for submitting a paper proposal is March 1, 2008. Proposals
should include a title and a one-paragraph abstract. Graduate students and
recent Ph.D.’s applying for funding should also include their CV, a letter
of support from their advisor, and a brief statement about their intended
use of network analysis. Send them to [log in to unmask]
The final program will be available at

Program Committee: Christopher Ansell (UCBerkeley), James Fowler (UCSD),
Michael Heaney (Florida), David Lazer (Harvard), Scott McClurg (Southern
Illinois), John Padgett (Chicago), John Scholz (Florida State), Sarah
Reckhow (UCBerkeley), Paul Thurner (Mannheim), and Michael Ward (University
of Washington).