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Call for papers for a session on


“Negative Ties and Signed Graphs”


at the Sunbelt XXXIV Conference, February 18-23, 2014 in St Pete Beach, Florida, USA


Session organizers:


Patrick Doreian, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Adam Jonas, LINKS Network Analysis Center, University of Kentucky

Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca, LINKS Network Analysis Center, University of Kentucky

Joshua Marineau, Department of Management & Marketing, North Dakota State University



Researchers are increasingly aware of the co-existence of positive and negative ties in networks and the need to study them together to get a more accurate portrait of the networks' contents and dynamics. We invite abstracts for presentations on all aspects of these signed networks, including theory, methods, and applications, to a session at the upcoming Sunbelt Conference in St Pete Beach, FL, USA.


Example work includes (but is not limited to): Understanding how threats in a network create the need for allies, and the implications for nodal power; examining where bullying emerges in schools or organizations; how perception of negative ties influence individual outcomes; and how subgroup faultlines affect intra- and inter-group conflict. We encourage a wide range of submissions.


Please submit your abstract by November 30 at 5:00 EST using the following link to the conference's abstract submission system: http://www.sunbelt2014.org/?q=program


Please limit your abstract to 250 words. 

During the submission process, please place a note in the “additional notes” field referring to “Negative Ties and Signed Graphs” session.


The conference website (http://www.sunbelt2014.org) provides additional information on Sunbelt XXXIV conference.


We look forward to your submissions.


Joshua E. Marineau, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management

Dept. Management & Marketing

College of Business

North Dakota State University



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