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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] 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:

Contact: info [at]

Organizing Committee
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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