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Dear Socnetters,

I would like to encourage you to submit an abstract to the session " The
relevance of space, distance and mobility for egocentric networks" at the
3rd European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN) taking place at
Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz (Germany), September 26-29, 2017.



Call for Paper

Spatial locations of social actors are meaningful in shaping social
networks. The geography of ac-tors, spatial distances between them, as well
as mobility of actors are opportunities or constraints for egocentric
networks. Even thought, analysing spatial aspects is not new to social
network re-search, some contemporary debates and thoughts in the social
sciences might enhance the repertoire of spatial analysis of social
networks. For example, distance might be an irrelevant constraint in network
formation due to the rise of modern transport and communication
technologies. The mobility of actors extends the feasible set of contacts
and partners but restricts the opportunities for more in-depth network ties.
Another examples are increasing personal and economical inter-relations due
to Europeanization and globalization. Furthermore, there is a turn from
place-related to space-related approaches in spatially oriented social
sciences in recent years. Steering to-wards relational concepts of space can
and should be fruitful for social network research. 

The session aims to discuss theory-driven empirical research on spatial
connections in research related to personal or egocentric networks.
Theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions to the study of
place, space, distance and mobility an egocentric network perspective are
welcome. Presentations should address places as foci for network formation,
spatial distance as in-stances of inclusion and exclusion in social
networks, relevance of mobility for social networks, consequences of modern
transport and information technologies in shaping and maintaining social
networks, border-cutting and transnational ties, and worldwide connections
of people or organizations. 



Abstract submission guidelines

1. Visit our website

2. Register via the CONVERIA conference management tool ("sign up for an
account", if you don´t have one) and log in.

3. Click on the "New submission" link and fill out the form. Make sure you
enter all required information:

  *   State the title of your presentation and select the “The relevance of
space, distance and mobility for egocentric networks” session. 

  *   Insert an abstract of max. 500 words. All abstracts (and
presentations) must be in English.

  *   State the full name, institution and contact information of all


Abstract submissions are due by March 31. After this date, no abstracts will
be accepted. You will receive a receipt of your submission by e-mail. Please
note that we can only allow two submissions per person.


Session organizer

Sören Petermann (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

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