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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 http://www.eusn2017.uni-mainz.de/abstract-submission/

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 authors


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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