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Hi everybody,

please consider submitting your paper on social networks analysis in the historical disciplines for next year's Sunbelt as part of a Historical Network Research Session:

Call for papers “Historical Network Research” at the XXXIV. Sunbelt Conference, 18-23 February – St Pete Beach

The concepts and methods of social network analysis in historical research are recently being used not only as a mere metaphor but are increasingly applied in practice. In the last decades several studies in the social sciences proved that formal methods derived from social network analysis can be fruitfully applied to selected bodies of historical data as well. These studies however tend to be strongly influenced by concerns, standards of data processing, and, above all, epistemological paradigms that have their roots in the social sciences. Among historians, the term network has been used in a metaphorical sense alone for a long time. It was only recently that this has changed.

Following a total of five successful sessions on network analysis in the historical disciplines at Sunbelt 2013 in Hamburg, we invite papers which integrate social network analysis methods and historical research methods and reflect on the added value of their methodologies. Topics could cover (but are not limited to) network analyses of correspondences, social movements, kinship or economic systems in any historical period.


Submission will be closing on November 30. Please limit your abstract to 250 words and submit your abstract here: Please mention “Historical Network Research” as session title in the comment section of the abstract submission website.


For further information on the venue and conference registration see:, for any questions regarding the panel, please get in touch with the session organizers.


Session organizers:

Marten During, Centre virtuel de la connaissance sur l'Europe, [log in to unmask]

Martin Stark, University of Hamburg, [log in to unmask]

Scott B. Weingart, Indiana University Bloomington, [log in to unmask]


Check for a detailed bibliography, conferences, screencasts and other resources.

With best wishes,

Marten on behalf of Martin and Scott

Dr. Marten Düring
Digital Humanities Researcher
Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE) /

Personal website, Historical Network Research
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