Umm.....I just wanted to say that I totally appreciate the Meatloaf quote. Raluca Sent from my BlackBerry® powered by Virgin Mobile. -----Original Message----- From: patrick doreian <[log in to unmask]> Sender: Social Networks Discussion Forum <[log in to unmask]> Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:58:14 To: <[log in to unmask]> Reply-To: patrick doreian <[log in to unmask]> Subject: Re: [SOCNET] "Sunbelt"? ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** On 3/1/2012 12:32 PM, Carl Johan Nordlund wrote: > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > Sort of a silly question - but how come the upcoming Sunbelt > conference is called "Sunbelt"? Hamburg is a bit off from the southern > regions of the US, no? > And see you there! > Carl > Carl Nordlund, PhD > Post-doctoral research fellow > Center for Network Science, Department of Political Science > Central European University, Budapest > Tel:+36 1 327-3000 Ext. 2242 > Email: [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> > _____________________________________________________________________ > SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social > network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an > email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line > UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message. hi carl, the reason lies in the mists of time. the first sunbelt gatherings were in the usa sunbelt. and the name had meaning in the winter season which implied some nice marketing. but as soon as the first vancouver sunbelt occured, the term lost its initial meaning. with the merging of the european and sunbelt gathering occurred in london in 1995, the term had even less descriptive merit. but the tradition of naming it 'sunbelt' remained. i like it - but maybe when all of the old farts who were at the beginning of sunbelt peg out, then the name might change. but in the current rotation, the two in the usa are in the sunbelt and to quote meatloaf "two out three ain't bad". with best wishes pat -- patrick doreian professor emeritus department of sociology 2602 WWPH university of pittsburgh pittsburgh, PA 15260 phone: 412 648 7537 fax: 412 648 2799 website: http://patrickdoreian.com Social Networks http://ees.elsevier.com/son/default.asp _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.