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Consider submitting your relevant work to the ‘Social Media Networks’ session of the conference ‘Networks in the Global World'20’ (St. Petersburg, July 7-9) by February 10, 2020.

See the details below.


Social Media Networks  

Chair: Svetlana Bodrunova, St. Petersburg University
Invited speaker: Iina Hellsten, University of Amsterdam

The rise of social media enables online social networks. Social media has been considered as a virtual space for social interactions, but specific social media has also its particular technical functions that may facilitate or block certain types of uses of the ‘space’. We approach the concept of social space as a metaphor for a new type of place for social interactions, the main characteristics being the flexibility of boundaries between social groups with unclear group membership. This poses challenges for research into the social and semantic networks in the various types of social media, such as online communities, blogs, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media forums. This new social media data enables more varied approaches that combine social, content and meanings networks online. Such multimode networks pose new challenges for social sciences theories and methods.

This has also lead to more and more data being collected about us and our activities. Our social media interactions and our online search and shopping behaviour, but also offline location tracking and sensor and surveillance networks are all generating large, often real-time data sets. Potentially, these could help answer important questions facing society today. But processing them productively represents a real challenge, at the interface of social and computer science. Meeting that challenge requires not only thorough comprehension of the methodologies involved in analysing big data, but also a theoretical understanding of societal problems and, not least, the associated legal and ethical factors.

The session on social media networks focuses on the theoretical and methodological challenges posed by social media interactions.

In particular, we invite presentations that combine social network measures with semantic networks, and focus on multi-mode networks of actors and the content of their communications.

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.

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:

Note that citizens of most of the European countries can get an electronic Visa to St. Petersburg for up to 8 days online, see

Find out more about NetGloW’20 on the official website of the conference:


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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