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Dear colleagues,

please find attached the Call for Abstracts for a session on:

*“Transnational Networks”*

at the XXXIII. Sunbelt Conference, May 21 - 26, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany,
organized by Andreas Herz, Sören Petermann and José Luis Molina

Transnational studies focus on the border-crossing activities of
individuals, migrant groups, corporations and social movements. A central
innovation of the concept “transnationalism” depends on a perspective which
refers to cross-border relationships and networks. E.g. looking at personal
networks it can be seen that more and more people have highly
transnationally dispersed relationship structures wherein the “social” is
only partly routed in the “local”. Especially relational approaches and
social network analysis (SNA) allow reconsidering and researching the
cross-cutting transfer of ideas, transnational support as well as the
formation of opinions and lifestyles beyond different geographical spaces
and nation states. We invite presentations to discuss the transnational and
geographically dispersed social formations form a network perspective.

Possible questions are:

• What role do cross-border social networks play to migration, mobility,
science and entrepreneurship?

• What is the structure of cross-border formations? What role does
transnationality play for the provision of different resources?

• Which network approaches can be addressed in observing transnational
distribution of networks? What measures have potential to express structure
of transnationality?

• How can network analysis help to understand the interrelationship between
social space and transnational and/ or geographical space? What is the
relation between distance and transnationality?

Submission will be closing on December 31 at 11:59:59 EST. Please limit
your abstract to 250 words.

Proceed to abstract submission:

When submitting your abstract, please select “Transnational Networks” as
session title in the drop down box on the submission site. To be extra sure
please put a note in the "additional notes" box on the abstract submission
form that states Andreas Herz, Sören Petermann and José Luis Molina as the
session organizers. For further information on the venue and conference
registration see

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Kind regards,

Andreas Herz, University of Hildesheim Foundation

Sören Petermann, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic

José Luis Molina, University Autònoma de Barcelona


Andreas Herz (M.A.)

Stiftung Universität Hildesheim

Institut für Sozial- und Organisationspädagogik

Lübeckerstraße 3

31141 Hildesheim

Tel.: + 49 (0)5121 / 883569

Raum: L 153

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