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Call for Papers

Workshop: Negative Ties and Social Networks


19-20 April, 2012

Budapest, Hungary



Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 January, 2012



Keynote speakers (confirmed):


Joe Labianca (Gatton College, University of Kentucky, US)

            (negative ties in organizations)


Patrick Doreian (University of Pittsburgh, US and University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

            (structural balance)


Robert Faris (University of California, Davis, US)

            (negative ties in adolescent networks)



Aim of the workshop:

Social networks play a very important role in a wide range of social problems: in promoting high performance, reducing conflicts and enhancing integration. Ties and networks, however, are usually considered in positive terms. Although negative ties are less frequent than positive ones, their occurrence may be more influential: they can ruin performance, induce conflict, and hamper cohesion of the collective much more than the extent to which positive relations help. It is therefore high time to discover the true nature and mechanisms of negative networks and develop new methods to analyze their dynamics. The workshop is intended to bring together scholars who are interested in the theory and empirical analysis of negative ties, could it be in the context of social networks in organizations, schools, or other fields.

Potential topics include:

-         negative ties in organizations

-         bullying and relational aggression

-         gossiping in networks

-         dynamics of dislike and hate in networks

-         structural balance

-         relational aggression and status dynamics

-         the function of negative ties for group cohesion or for organizational performance

-         negative ties and intergroup relations

-         rejection and heterophobia in networks



If you are interested in presenting, please send a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words to the conference organizers at [log in to unmask] before the deadline of 31 January, 2012.


Important dates:

-         Abstract submission deadline: 31 January, 2012

-         Acceptance decisions by 17 February, 2012

-         Finalization of the program: 29 February, 2012

-         Registration deadline 18 March, 2012

-         Workshop date: 19-20 April, 2012



A covering fee of participation is ¤130, payable by bank transfer before 18 March, 2012. The fee covers 1 lunch and 1 dinner, coffee and tea served at the breaks, name badge, conference program, and in addition, the gala dinner that is combined with a Danube river trip on boat (Friday evening).


Hotel suggestions and other information can be found on the workshop website:


Location: Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB), Hungary


Organized by:

Research Center for Educational and Network Studies (RECENS), CUB

Doctoral School of Sociology, CUB

Széchenyi István College for Advanced Studies, CUB

Supported by: TÁMOP-4.2.2/B-10/1-2010-002 project (European Social Fund)


Enquiries about the workshop may be sent to [log in to unmask].


Scientific Organization Committee:

Károly Takács (chair), Corvinus University of Budapest, RECENS
Peter Abell, London School of Economics
Davide Barrera, University of Torino
Anu¨ka Ferligoj, University of Ljubljana

Andreas Flache, University of Groningen
Yuval Kalish, University of Tel-Aviv
Emmanuel Lazega, University of Paris - Dauphine
György Lengyel, Corvinus University of Budapest
Michael Mäs, ETH Zürich
Zuzana Sasovova, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Tom Snijders, University of Oxford/University of Groningen
Zoltán Szántó, Corvinus University of Budapest, RECENS
Martin van der Gaag, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Balázs Vedres, Central European University
René Veenstra, University of Groningen
Rafael Wittek, University of Groningen

Karoly Takacs
Assistant Professor
Corvinus University of Budapest
Institute of Sociology and Social Policy
Research Center for Educational and Network Studies (RECENS)
Kozraktar u. 4-6.
H-1093 Budapest, Hungary
Phone: +36-1-4827302
Fax: +36-1-4827348
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