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Dear Socnetters,

Consider submitting your relevant work to the ‘Semantic and Socio-Semantic Networks’ session of the conference ‘Networks in the Global World’ (St. Petersburg, July 7-9, 2020) by January 13, 2020.

Session chair: Iina Hellsten, University of Amsterdam.

Session invited speaker: Camille Roth, Humboldt University Berlin.

This session is dedicated to research applying network analysis techniques to texts. We are also interested in work combining text networks with social network data - in order to expand our understanding of the meaning both of texts and of social relations.

Interested participants are invited to submit theoretical, methodological or empirical papers, contributing new perspectives on the questions how, when, and under what conditions social relationships, content and meaning structures can be connected via network research; or what approaches are suitable to strengthen the understanding of the connections between the structure of social relations and meaning.

We invite papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:
- Theorizing about meaning structure, semantic structure and social structure, and the relations between them;
- Qualitative and quantitative methods to study semantic structure, including in relation to social structure;
- Multilevel and multimode semantic and socio-semantic networks;
- Semantic similarity and its relation with social ties;
- Joint semantic network analysis of message content and social network analysis of information channels;
- Applying social network analysis techniques to semantic and socio-semantic networks;
- Usage of semantic network data to capture social structures between actors;
- Semantic structuring throughout conversations in networks.

Finally, we invite applications of semantic and socio-semantic network analyses in various fields.

Full description of the session: http://ngw.spbu.ru/programme

The Fifth Biannual International Conference ‘Networks in the Global World’ will be held with support from International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), International Sociological Association (ISA), and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at St Petersburg University.

CfP: https://zdes.spbu.ru/images/Call_for_abstracts_NetGloW_2020.pdf.

Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit full papers before June 1, 2020 to be published in the ‘NetGloW 2020’ volume of the Springer’s ‘Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems’ indexed in Scopus: https://www.springer.com/series/15179.

Note that citizens of most of the European countries can get an electronic Visa to St. Petersburg for up to 8 days online, see http://ngw.spbu.ru/practical.

More about NetGloW’20: http://ngw.spbu.ru.

Seasonal greetings,



Dr. Nikita Basov
Senior researcher in Sociology, St. Petersburg University
Scientific Manager, Centre for German and European Studies, St. Petersburg University - Bielefeld University
+7 812 324 08 85

Recent papers:

2019 Basov, N., De Nooy, W., Nenko, A. Local Meaning Structures: A Socio-Semantic Network Analysis of Artistic Collectives. American Journal of Cultural Sociology.

2019 Basov, N. The Ambivalence of Cultural Homophily: Field Positions, Semantic Similarities, and Social Network Ties in Creative Collectives. Poetics.

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