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Call for papers for the Workshop
«Art, networks, trajectories»
March 31st April 1st - University of Toulouse
Sociologists of art recognize the importance of networks concerning art whether it be the production / creation, the diffusion or even the consumption / reception of artworks. On the other hand, social network analysis scholars have studied from sociability to markets, access to resources, relational inequalities, the diffusion of innovations, scientific production... but little attention has been given to artistic activities. A special issue on "Art and networks" has been released in Spanish in the journal REDES (http://revistes.uab.cat/redes) and in French in the review Sociologie de l'Art on this joint topic. The works presented in them concern the artistic domain and use the methods of social network analysis. The workshop proposed has the intention to pursue the crossed fertilization between these two fields of research.
The aim is to articulate art, networks and trajectories. Works presented can concern two out of the three concepts. We expect empirical propositions on: the trajectories of participants in art worlds ; esthetic movements studied with a network approach; the relation between different forms of prestige and fame and networks. Less structural approaches could also be included such as how interpersonal acquaintance may play a role in the creation, spread, recognition processes whether they concern an art work, an artist or an artistic movement, even the emergence of an artistic activity in some territory. The role of interpersonal networks on the art market, on migrations of artists and more broadly on different participants in art worlds would be other possible topics. From another angle concerning artistic productions: what can we learn from artistic representations / productions that include social networks questions or tools? How do artists use the concepts and tools of social networks analysis? How do they integrate them in the process of creation or in the final form of art pieces?
All these questions can be also developed in the field of entrepreneurship that can be compared with creative activities in different ways. The activities and trajectories of inventors or entrepreneurs, for instance, have been the object of many research works. Their results can inspire - and be inspired by - the comparison with artistic activities.
The workshop is part of the activities of ReSTo (social networks in Toulouse) a multidisciplinary (sociology, economy, history, geography, mathematics, computer science...) group of researchers who gather twice a year.
Propositions should be sent by December 30th 2014 to the address:
A selection of papers will be published in English.
On behalf of the organizers,
Martine Azam, Nathalie Chauvac, Ainhoa de Federico