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Dear colleagues,

we are delighted to present you an exciting program on How Networks Matter. Theoretical, methodical and empirical advances on network mechanisms and effects at the Spring conference of the Network Section of the German Sociological Association that will take place in Bremen on February, 6 and 7, 2020.

Please find attached the final program covering various areas of Social Network Analysis. The venue is located in the center of the beautiful city of Bremen. Since space is limited, we have to ask for reservations at
[log in to unmask]. (first come first serve!). For hotel recommendations please see below.

All best and happy holidays,
Betina and Raphael


Spring Conference of the Section on Social Network Analysis of the German Sociological Association (DGS), February 6 / 7, 2020


How networks matter.

Theoretical, methodological and empirical advances

on network mechanisms and effects



Thursday, February 6


12.30 - 13.15       Arrival & Coffee


13.15 - 13.30

Welcome and Introduction

Raphael H. Heiberger (Stuttgart),

Betina Hollstein (Bremen)


13.30 - 14.30

The Spatial Dimension of Social Networks:
A Mixed
methods Study on Socially Disadvan­taged Persons in Rural Peripheries


Andreas Klärner, Christoph van Dülmen (Brunswick)

Constraining Forces and Local Inter­organi­zational Ties in Social Service Provision


Leah E. Gose (Cambridge, MA)

14.30 - 14.45

Coffee Break


14.45 - 15.45

Social Integration Between Micro-level and Context-level: The Dynamics of Intergenera­tional Closure and the Network Ecology of Violence in Diverse Schools


Michael Windzio (Bremen),

Patrick C. Kaminski (Bloomington, IN)

Violence, Street Code. Internalization and the Moderating Effect of the Status-Violence Norm in German Schools


Sven Lenkewitz, André Ernst, 

Mark Wittek (Cologne)

15.45 - 17.00

Postersession /Coffee


17.00 - 18.00

Keynote: The avoidance of strong ties: Survey and experimental evidence


Mario L. Small (Cambridge, MA)


19.00 -




Friday, February 7


9.00 - 10.30

Social Feedback Theory and the Spiral of Silence


Sven Banisch, Felix Gaisbauer,

Armin Pournaki, Eckehard Olbrich



TriNAM – The Triadic Network Actor Model. A longitudinal event model for who talks with whom about whom


Robert Krause (Linköping, SWE),
Karoly Takacs (Linköping, SWE),

Christoph Stadtfeld (Zurich, Switzerland)

Distortion Mechanisms in Process-Generated Data. An Agent-Based Simulation Approach Utilizing Networktopologies


Jan R. Riebling (Wuppertal),

Andreas Schmitz (Bonn) 


10.30 - 10.45

Coffee Break


10.45 - 11.45

Mobilization Networks at Demonstrations

Sebastian Haunss (Bremen)

Social Resources as Incentive for Local Political Protest


Sören Petermann (Bochum)

11.45 - 12.00

Coffee Break


12.00 - 13.00

Reevaluating Tie Dissolution: Evidence from the East German Transformation post-1989

Till Hilmar (Bremen)


Dynamics and Disruption: Structural and Individual Effects of Police Interventions on two Dutch Jihadi Networks


Tomáš Diviák (Groningen, Prague),

Casper S. van Nassau (Utrecht),

Jan K. Dijkstra (Groningen),

Tom A.B. Snijders (Groningen, Oxford)


13.00 - 13.15

Concluding Remarks

Betina Hollstein, Raphael H. Heiberger



Farewell /Snack


Interpersonal Interaction, Emotional Contagion, and Emotional Well- 


Gerrit DeYoung (Boston, MA)

Peer Support Networks and Personality Trait Development in
 Adolescence. A Social Network Analysis of Reciprocal Causation
 using RSiena


Heike Krüger (Cologne)

Changes in family composition and their effects on social capital in  
 old age: evidence from a longitudinal study conducted in


Julia Sauter, Eric Widmer (Geneva, Switzerland), Matthias Kliegel (Potsdam)



The role of public discourse in the formation of party manifestos

Nico Blokker, Sebastian Haunss


How European Union became an emotional subject: European
 elections in German media before and after the right-wing-populist



Monika Verbalyte (Berlin)

The role of destinations countries’ political-institutional, socio-
economic, cultural and attributes for the attractiveness as study


Eva Maria Vögtle (Hannover),
Michael Windzio (Bremen)

Collaboration within physicians’ patient-sharing networks and
 coordination of care for type 2 diabetes patients: a social network


Jan Koetsenruijter, Pamela Wronski, Gunter Laux, Michel Wensing (Heidelberg)


Drugs, Dealers, and Healers - Inferring Community Structure in
 Opioid Prescription Networks


Patrick C. Kaminski

(Bloomington, IN)

Effectiveness of policies for innovation on a local level. A
 comparative study of social networks

Paola Menapace (Trento, I)



How personal networks matter - and what we are actually (not)

Sabine Bakker (Nijmegen, NL)

What can sociologists learn from sequential analysis? Overcoming
 the tacit assumptions of SNA

Marius Ion Bența, (Cluj, Romania)


Since space is limited we have to ask for reservations at: [log in to unmask]  (first come first serve!)


Venue: Teerhof 58, 28199 Bremen

The venue is centrally located on the banks of the Weser river opposite the historic city center.


- by bus and train

From the main station, take tram line 4/6 / 6E / 8 via Domsheide to the stop “Wilhelm-Kaisen-Brücke”. After getting off, turn right to the street "Herrlichkeit" and turn there left. Follow the road to the Teerhof58. (Total driving and walking time approx. 11 minutes).

- by plane

Exit the airport through the main entrance. On the forecourt, take tram number 6, direction “Universität”. Get off at stop “Wilhelm-Kaisen-Brücke”. The journey takes about 9 minutes. After the exit, cross the street in the direction of travel on the left and turn into the road “Herrlichkeit” and follow it, after about 300 m you will find the guest house Teerhof 58 on the right side.


Hotel recommendations

We made special arrangements at two hotels close to the train station and the venue. Places are limited, therefore please book as soon as possible!


Motel One

Am Brill 10, 28195 Bremen

(5 min walking distance to venue; 15 min to central train station by foot/ 8 min by tram)

special price: 73 € per night (Conference Code: LAND2019)


Achat Plaza City Bremen

Birkenstraße 15, 28195 Bremen

(15 min. to venue, either by foot or by tram; 5 min. walking distance to central train station)

special price: 90 € per night (Conference Code: LAND)


Should you have any questions or request any support please do not hesitate to contact either Liane Neumann ([log in to unmask]) or Raphael Heiberger ([log in to unmask] ).



Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein
University of Bremen
SOCIUM - Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, Head
9, R. 9.3090
D - 28359 Bremen

tel +49 (0)421-218-58512 /  218-58638 (secr. Ms. Neumann)
e-mail: [log in to unmask]

Recent publications:
What autobiographical narratives tell us about the life course. Contributions of qualitative sequential analytical methods, in: Advances in Life Course Research, online-first (18.12.2018), doi:10.1016/j.alcr.2018.10.001

Collecting egocentric network data with visual tools. A comparative study, in: Network Science, forthcoming (with T. Töpfer & J. Pfeffer)








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