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Call for papers

Negotiating Networks: new research on networks in social and economic history

25th June 2018 – Institute of Historical Research, University of London


This conference will bring together scholars working on networks in social and economic history, broadly defined, with a particular focus on those using Social Network Analysis (SNA) in their research. SNA has become increasingly popular as one of the key digital tools for historical research in recent years. We would like to encourage conversation and exchange of ideas between researchers who use this methodology.


We welcome proposals for papers from postgraduate, early career and established scholars working in this area. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers dealing with the challenges and rewards of examining historical networks.  We therefore encourage papers dealing with the medieval, early modern or modern periods and any geographical location. Papers which take a methodological approach to historical SNA are also welcome.


Possible themes include, but are not limited to:


·         Economic networks: business, trade and material culture

·         Religious and cultural networks: networks of minorities and marginalised groups, confessional networks

·         Interactions between networks and other themes in socio-economic history e.g. migration, institutions

·         Methodological issues in historical SNA


Please send abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute papers to Esther Lewis and Charlie Berry at [log in to unmask] by 30th January 2018. We hope to offer bursaries for attendance for speakers and travel for postgraduate and ECR attendees. Visit the Negotiating Networks blog for more information.

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