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thanks to barry for resurrecting the mischief of peak tanning hours ... the
name "sunbelt" was itself a bit of mischief, as was the hospitality suite,
which has not, i'm happy to say, been absorbed by sessions and has become a
standard feature of sunbelt. 

 

about that name ...  as lin describes in his wonderful book, there were
several conferences in the 1970s that were instrumental in bringing people
from many disciplines together. by 1979, though, there were too many people
who were interested in, and producing research on, social networks to invite
them all to a funded conference. as lin says, al wolfe i talked in 1979 and
1980 about holding a conference in tampa, in the middle of february, and
inviting anyone to show up, at their own expense, to give papers on network
analysis. we held that conference in 1981. ... calling it the sunbelt social
networks conference (now the international sunbelt social networks
conference, but long ago shortened among the cognoscenti to "sunbelt" - as
in "will i see you at sunbelt this year?") was mischief , but it worked.
there were 35 participants at the first conference. colleagues at the
conference asked us to repeat it, and in 1982 there were 70 participants.
the conference moved the next year to san diego and rotated, u.s. east-west
for the rest of the '80s, but that didn't make it easier for the europeans,
and frans stokman convened the first european social networks conference in
1989. in 1995, with the european conference in london, the two conferences
merged, but by that time, the idea of a sunbelt conference had taken hold
and the name was retained in the merger. the conference in london was,
felicitously, held in july. the 2013 conference in hamburg is scheduled for
may. 

 

with kind regards to all on this list

russ

 

 


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