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Call for organized session(s) on “Historical Network Research”
at Sunbelt XXXV in Brighton UK, 23 June 2015 - 28 June 2015
Social Network Analysis (SNA) is making its way in historical research. Over the last decades a substantial number of studies has shown that both theories and methods derived from social network analysis can be fruitfully applied to selected bodies of historical data/records. Most of this research has long been done by social scientists from their specific point of view, regarding e.g. research interest or acquisition and processing of historical data. Among historians, network terms have been used mainly metaphorically for a long time. It was only recently that this has changed. After running eight workshops on Historical Network Research (HNR) at locations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, two sessions on network analysis in the historical disciplines at Sunbelt 2013 in Hamburg, two session at EUSN 2014 in Barcelona and two successful international conferences on “Historical Network Research” in Hamburg (2013) and Ghent (2014), the aim of this organized session is to further develop international cooperation between researchers in the field of HNR. Therefore we invite papers with an interdisciplinary background which apply (formal) methods of SNA on historical data and reflect on the added value of their methodological account in their field of research. Topics could cover (but are not limited to) network analyses of correspondences, social movements, kinship or economic systems in any historical period.
Please submit your abstract by 31 March 2015 at 17:00 GMT using the following link to the conference's abstract submission system: http://insna.org/sunbelt2015.
Please limit your abstract to 250 words. When submitting your abstract, please select "Historical Network Research" as session title in the drop down box on the submission site.
Martin Stark, Universität Hamburg, [log in to unmask]
Florian Kerschbaumer, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, [log in to unmask]