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I am very happy to announce our first conference titled "The Future of Historical Network Research" 13-15 September at the University of Hamburg. Our idea is to look back at what has been achieved over the last few years but also to ask what will be next. It's too early to officially announce but expect cool keynote speakers!
Details below and on the conference website at:
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With best wishes,
Call for Papers
The concepts and methods of social network analysis in historical research are no longer merely used as metaphors but are increasingly applied in practice. In the last decades several studies proved that formal methods derived from social network analysis can be fruitfully applied to selected bodies of historical data as well. This relational perspective on historical sources has helped historical research to gain an entirely new methodological vantage point. Historical Network Research today is a research method as well as an online and offline training framework and quickly growing research community.
We are grateful for generous support from:
NeDiMAH – Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities
ESF – European Science Foundation
CGG – Centrum für Globalisierung und Governance at the University of Hamburg
When we began to apply network analysis to history, there were no suitable points of reference and hardly any previous work which successfully combined Social Network Analysis methods and source-criticism. Over the years we have developed an infrastructure for historians to engage in research on networks, to exchange ideas and to receive training.
After eight workshops on Historical Network Research at locations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland it is time to look back at what has been achieved in the last years and to explore what might be next. For this first conference we therefore invite papers which integrate social network analysis methods and theories with historical research interests. Topics can cover any historical epoch and may include but are not limited to research on the topics below. Contributions from scholars in Computer Science, the Digital Humanities and related disciplines are welcome.
- Collective action
- Trade networks
- Credit networks
- Covert networks
- Spatial networks
- Dynamic networks
- Kinship networks
- Tools for the extraction of relational data from text
- Network extraction from metadata
- Semantic networks
- Tools for data visualisation and management
- Communication networks
- Transnational networks
The papers will be organized as parts of the following four panels:
Section I: “Information Visualisation”
Section II: “Space and Time”
Section III: “Linked Data and Ontological Methods”
Section IV: Overlaps between Network Analysis in the Digital Humanities
The conference will include keynotes by scholars in history, computational linguistics, semantic networks and data visualisation who will discuss their vision for the future of computer-assisted historical research.
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted via this registration form by 25 July 2013. Notifications of paper acceptance will be sent out by 5 August.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at
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for additional information.
Linda von Keyserlingk, Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr
Florian Kerschbaumer, University of Klagenfurt
Martin Stark, University of Hamburg
Ulrich Eumann, NS Dokumentationszentrum Köln
Marten Düring, Radboud University Nijmegen