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Special Conference-Within-a-Conference on Negative Ties and Signed Graphs

The journal Social Networks will be publishing a special issue on negative
ties and signed graphs that focuses on the co-existence of positive and
negative ties in networks and the need to study them together in order to
better understand network content and dynamics. To celebrate the special
issue and to point the way forward to new research in this burgeoning area,
we are inviting anyone with an interest in the topic to submit their work
to a special mini-conference within the Sunbelt social network conference.

In addition, we are asking authors of manuscripts that are either already
accepted for publication in the special issue or that went through the
revision process to present their work at the conference. We hope to have a
nice mix of presentations for work that has already undergone a significant
journal review process and more early-stage projects.

The conference will take place over a day to a day-and-a-half (to be
determined based on the number of submissions) during the normal course of
the Sunbelt conference in Montreal, Quebec in June, 2019.

In addition to presentations, the conference will feature panels and
discussions about the future of signed graph research, as well as helpful
tips on improving this work moving forward.

Please submit your abstracts for this conference to the session labelled:

“Negative Ties and Signed Graphs”

at the 2018 Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social
Network Analysis (INSNA), June 18-23, 2019,  Montréal, Canada.

Submission may be made here:

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

Session organizers:


   Nicholas Harrigan, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management

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

   Filip Agneessens, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey

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 (by 1st Feb,
2019). 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.

The submissions website is located here:

We look forward to your submissions.


Dr Nicholas Harrigan
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Department of Sociology
Macquarie University NSW 2109 Australia
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