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Researchers are now increasingly aware of the co-existence of positive and
negative ties in networks and the need to study them together so as to get
a more accurate portrait of the networks' contents and dynamics. We,
therefore, extend an invitation to submit abstracts for a session on

*“Negative Ties and Signed Graphs”*

at the 2018 Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social
Network Analysis (INSNA), June 26-July 1, 2018, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Session chair:

Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca, LINKS Network Analysis Center, University of
Kentucky, [log in to unmask]

Session organizers:

Filip Agneessens, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey

Patrick Doreian, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana and
Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Alexandra Gerbasi, Centre for Leadership and Decision Making, University of

Nicholas Harrigan, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management

Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca, LINKS Network Analysis Center, University of

Joshua Marineau, Department of Management & Marketing, North Dakota State

Károly Takács, MTA TK “Lendület” Research Center for Educational and
Network Studies (RECENS), Budapest

We encourage a wide range of submissions.  Example works include (but are
not limited to): Methods and measures pertaining to negative ties and
signed graphs; understanding the inner workings of political and legal
bodies such as legislatures or courts; understanding how threats within a
network create needs for allies, and the implications for nodal power;
examining where bullying emerges in schools or organizations; how
perception of negative ties poses unique challenges in organizational
research; examining how relational ambivalence affects relational
trajectories; and how subgroup fault lines affect intra- and inter-group

Please submit your abstract within the submission window (open now through
February 1st, 2018). Please limit your abstract to 250-500 words. If there
is a full manuscript associated with the abstract, please make note of this
at the end of your abstract.

During the submission process, please place a note referring to
“*Negative Ties and
Signed Graphs*” sessions.

The conference website (* 
< >*) provides additional information.

We note that there is still an opportunity for papers submitted to this
session to be submitted for review to the upcoming special issue of Social
Networks journal on 'Negative and Signed Ties'. The call for papers can be
found here: 
-for-papers/call-for-papers-negative-and-signed-tie-networks. Please be
aware that the special issue deadline is January 15, 2018.

We look forward to your submissions.

Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca
Gatton Chaired Professor of Management
Gatton College of Business & Economics
LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis ( )
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506
859-257-3741 (office)
404-428-4878 (mobile)

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