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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 Surrey

Nicholas Harrigan, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University

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

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

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 conflict.


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: 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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