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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

 
REDES, Revista Hispana para el Análisis de Redes Sociales, is one of the four international journals focused on social network analysis.
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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 microhistory.
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;
- 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
Claire LEMERCIER, CNRS


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