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The 4th European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN 2019) will be held in Zurich, 9-12 September 2019. Continuing the traditions of previous conferences in Barcelona (2014), Paris (2016), and Mainz (2017), and the legacies of predecessors Applications of Social Network Analysis (ASNA) and UK Social Network Analysis (UKSNA), the conference will bring together researchers and practitioners from the social sciences in the broad sense as well as statistics, computer science, data science, physics, economics, humanities, and other areas dealing with network science.

Please consider submitting your abstract for the organised session on 
Movie Networks
Abstracts can be submitted at 
Deadline 12/4/2019

This session aims to collect social network research analysing movies. Network-based research into the film and television industries (both on-screen and off) has been growing in recent years, with more and more researchers recognising the potential of relational perspectives and methods for building understanding of cultural texts and the creative processes by which they are produced. Until now, however, such research has been disparate and has lacked the internal dialogue and cohesion that could help this research area to develop and become more sophisticated. 

Based on the existing early research in this area, we offer a few suggestions for topics in which network perspectives have shown promise for deepening our understanding of film:

* Networks and film production: e.g. networks of those involved in the making of films, including organisational research into creative teams and collaboration networks among film making professionals.
* Character networks: e.g. network models of film texts, wherein narrative dynamics and the relationships and patterns of interaction between characters in narratives are explored.
* Semantic networks: e.g. text analysis of screenplays, applications of machine learning and natural language processing techniques for analysing film texts.
* Networks and intertextuality: e.g. network methods for exploring the ways in which cultural texts increasingly refer to other cultural texts, often through transmedia storytelling, and how this might impact the ways in which we engage with popular culture.
* Internet Movie Database: e.g. analysing IMDB as a two-mode network or the respective one mode projections.

These suggestions are not exhaustive, however, and we are open to considering any research which takes a relational approach to the study of film. 

Pete Jones & Termeh Shafie (Mitchell Centre for SNA, University of Manchester)

Dr. Termeh Shafie
Lecturer in Social Statistics
School of Social Sciences
Humanities Bridgeford Street
Office: G14
University of Manchester 
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 4631
Email: termeh.shafie[at]

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