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Dear colleagues,

2014 celebrates 50 years of sociology at the University of Manchester. For
the occasion, the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis organises an
international event bringing together some leading international scholars
in the field of social network analysis, whose roots were established in
the same department (at the time joined with anthropology) in the 1960s.

The event will take place wednesday *29th of October 2014*, *from 1pm to
4.30pm*, at the University of Manchester, with the participation of Bruce
Kapferer (University of Bergen and University College London), one of the
founders of Social Network Analysis. The goal of the event is to celebrate
the establishment of the Manchester school, which tradition is today alive
in the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis, founded in 2009 and
dedicated to Clyde Mitchell. Clyde was appointed as chair in urban studies
at the University of Manchester in 1965, and together with Bruce and other
colleagues introduced the study of social networks in Europe and in the UK.

Along with being an opportunity to highlight the role of the sociology
department in Manchester in the dissemination of social network analysis in
Europe, the event aims to reconstruct how social network analysis has
emerged, developed, and overlapped across disciplines.

A keynote speech will be delivered by *Bruce Kapferer*, on the historical
origins of SNA in the department of social anthropology in Manchester.
Bruce will also explore the role of Mitchell's perspective in the context
of the work of Latour and deLanda, connecting the ethnographic origins of
SNA with the most recent developments in sociology and philosophy of

A round table of discussant will animate the debate on the historical
origins of SNA. The discussant will be: *Charles Kadushin *(Brandeis
University), *Barry Wellman *(University of Toronto), *David
Krackhardt* (Carnegie
Mellon University, TBC) and *Nick Crossley *(University of Manchester).

Programme (room 2.220 University Place):

*1pm: welcome and introduction by Martin Everett*

*1.15: keynote speech by Bruce Kapferer*

*2pm – 4pm: round table with Charles Kadushin, Barry Wellman, and Nick

*4pm: open discussion and questions*

*4.30pm: wine reception*

Information on the event can be found at

*There is a small fee of 20£. To book a place for the event, please go to*

The event is followed by a *workshop on Visone *run by Ulrik Brandes,
Thursday 30th of October, from 9am to 1pm. The workshop is free of charge,
but please book your place by emailing [log in to unmask]

Visone (ital. mink) is a free software tool that combines comprehensive
means for analysis with unique visualization capabilities. It can also be
used as a graphical frontend to R, RSiena, and data mining software KNIME.

Information on the workshop can be found at

For any other enquiry, please contact

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Best regards

Elisa Bellotti

Department of Sociology
Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis

University of Manchester
Arthur Lewis Building
Bridgeford Street
Manchester M13 9PL

*Celebrating 50 Years of Sociology at the University of Manchester!

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