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Dear readers of the list,


I would like to attrack your attention to the following panel on historical network research organized at the XXXVII Sunbelt Conference in Beijing, 30 May - 4 June 2017. If you are interested in applying network analysis in history or archaeology, please do consider submitting an abstract by 10 January (directly through the conference website) and/or forwarding this to your contacts who might be interested. You need not submit the full paper at either this or any other stage, only the abstract. Details on the session and the registration follow.


Session on “Historical Network Research” at Sunbelt 2017 in Beijing, 30 May - 4 June 2017


The XXXVII Sunbelt conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis, held in Beijing from 30 May to 4 June 2017 (http://insna.org/sunbelt2017/), will host a panel dedicated to Historical Network Research. All scholars interested in presenting a paper or poster within this session are cordially invited to submit an abstract by 10 January 2017 8 p.m. EST = 11 January 2017 1 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time through the conference website. Guidelines for the abstract, travel & accommodation information, FAQ, and the submission form are available at http://insna.org/sunbelt2017/ and the abstract submission is now open. The conference does not require submitting the text of the paper at any stage, only the abstract is needed. The abstract should be 200-500 words long (the limit of the relevant field in the form is about 1,400 characters), and should not contain bibliographic references. When submitting your abstract, please select "Historical Network Research" as the session title in the relevant drop-down menu.


Historical Network Research: Session Abstract

The methods of Social Network Analysis (SNA) have recently started to find their place in the historians’ toolkit, thus giving birth to the burgeoning discipline of Historical Network Research (HNR). After a successful series of smaller workshops devoted to HNR, an international conference explicitly focused on HNR was held in Hamburg (2013), followed by conferences in Ghent (2014), Lisbon (2015), and Turku (upcoming 2017). In addition, sessions devoted to the application of SNA to historical research have been organized at Sunbelt since 2013, and at EUSN since 2014. In 2016, the institutionalisation of HNR was marked by the creation of a new academic journal, the Journal of Historical Network Research (http://historicalnetworkresearch.org/journal/), whose first issue will be published in the summer of 2017.

The aim of this session is to contribute to this emerging field by bringing together historians and other scholars applying SNA to their respective research areas, and by enhancing international and interdisciplinary exchange. We invite papers that explore the application of the formal methods of SNA to historical research and/or delve into the added value of this approach. Topics may include, but are not limited to, network analyses of historical data (from any period) on social, political, and religious groups, movements, cliques, and organizations; communication; economic and intellectual exchange; kinship; social and political upheavals, conflicts, wars, and peace-making; the diffusion of representations, practices, and artefacts through social networks; the reconstruction of past social networks through material culture; etc.


Session organizer:

David Zbíral, Masaryk University, [log in to unmask]


Session chairs:

Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel, University of Barcelona, [log in to unmask]

David Zbíral, Masaryk University, [log in to unmask]




If you have any questions about the session, please contact me at [log in to unmask], I will be happy to answer them. I hope to meet many of you in Beijing!


All the best,

David Zbíral


Dr. David Zbíral

Associate Professor at Masaryk University (Study of Religions)

Managing Editor of Religio: Revue pro religionistiku, http://www.casr.cz/religioen.php

General Secretary of the Czech Association for the Study of Religions, http://www.casr.cz/indexen.php

Department for the Study of Religions, http://www.phil.muni.cz/relig/indexen.php

Faculty of Arts

Masaryk University

Arna Nováka 1

602 00 Brno

Czech Republic

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