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Call for papers - Special issue, vol 20, 2011
"Network analysis and history: methods, approaches, questions"

REDES, Revista Hispana para el Análisis de Redes 
Sociales, is one of the four international 
journals focused on social network analysis.

REDES is an electronic, peer-reviewed journal. 
Its editorial contents combine a selection of 
original empirical research papers, original 
Spanish translations of classical and/or 
important texts in network analysis, and quality 
first papers by young researchers.

The official languages are Spanish and 
Portuguese, but texts are also published in 
English or French if their authors wish it so.

Since its creation in 2002, REDES has published 
more than 150 papers, gathered in 18 issues. It 
has 1,500 subscribers and more than 800 daily 
visitors on its website.

1. Call of papers

The concept of "network" has become an integral 
part of the vocabulary of social sciences. 
Especially in sociology, it was conceived to 
question structural categories such as the social 
class. More generally, it has taken part in the 
growing interest in informal spaces, personal 
relationships, and individual agency, especially 
the ability of individuals to partly build their 
own social milieu. In history, the network 
vocabulary has appeared in research inspired by 
Although historians have used the concept of 
"network" and produced "micro" analyses of 
informal networks, they have scarcely used the 
methods, software and vocabulary built by 
sociologists, psychologists or anthropologists 
discussing networks in the last decades. 
Historical treatments of networks use references 
to various authors and theories, depending on the 
periods or topics investigated - kinship history, 
business studies, history of science or 
literature... - and on existing connections with 
other social sciences. There is therefore no 
"school" of historical network studies, and even 
in most cases no discussion between scholars who 
have used network concepts.
The aim of this special issue is to foster such 
discussion. The call for paper does not define a 
one best way to deal with networks, but it 
incites the authors to draw general conclusions 
from their research experience with such 
questions. The special issue intends to assess 
the state of the art and to stimulate new 
research on questions, among others, such as:
- How can we, if useful at all, define network 
approaches as applied to historical research as 
an entity? Can the systematic analysis of large 
networks thanks to sophisticated software and the 
qualitative study of small, personal networks be 
considered as applications of the same method? 
For example, what do studies of ego-centered 
correspondence networks and of kinship patterns 
in a whole society have in common?
- Do historical sources present specific problems 
or a specific interest for network studies?
- At which scale(s) does historical network 
analysis make sense? Should it be considered as a 
form of microhistory?
Any paper dealing with some specific aspects of 
historical data is welcome - we especially think 
of the use of written (or visual) sources as 
opposed to interviews or observation to gather 
data; the study of past ties and networks; and 
the longitudinal dimension of these ties and 
Some of the possible themes are:
- Kinship and family;
- Mobilizations and social movements;
- Elites;
- Networks and cultural practices;
- Migration and other forms of exchange and circulation,
This list doesn't mean to limit the range of acceptable papers.
In order to foster discussion between various 
possible approaches, each paper should not only 
present the results of a case study, but also 
clearly identify the theories and methods that 
were used. Articles centered on the discussion of 
a method or software may also be considered, as 
long as they will sufficiently take into account 
the specific problems of historical research.
The articles should be written in Spanish, French or English.

2. Practical details

o	Complete texts should be sent before the end of October, 2010.
o	The papers will be published in 2011.


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3. Editors of the special issue

Michel BERTRAND, University of Toulouse
Sandro GUZZI-HEEB, University of Lausanne

Ainhoa de Federico de la Rúa
Maître de Conférences
Responsable des Relations Internationales

Département de Sociologie et d'Anthropologie
Université de Toulouse 2 - Le Mirail
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Tel:  +33(0)5 61 50 43 91
Fax: +33(0)5 61 50 40 28

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Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire,
Solidarités, Sociétés, Territoires

International Sociology

REDES: Revista hispana para el análisis de redes sociales

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