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Call for papers "Network analysis and history"
Call for papers - Special issue, vol 20,
"Network analysis and history: methods, approaches, questions"
REDES.REVISTA HISPANA PARA EL ANÁLISIS DE REDES SOCIALES
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
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 networks.
Some of the possible themes are:
- Kinship and family;
- Mobilizations and social movements;
- 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
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
Michel BERTRAND, University of Toulouse
Sandro GUZZI-HEEB, University of Lausanne
Claire LEMERCIER, CNRS
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