Call for papers for a session on “Negative Ties in Networks”

at the 33rd Sunbelt Conference, May 21-26 2013 in Hamburg, Germany
Session organizers:
Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca, LINKS Network Analysis Center, University of Kentucky, USA
and Károly Takács, MTA TK “Lendület” Research Center for Educational and Network Studies (RECENS), Hungary

Researchers are increasingly aware of the co-existence of positive and negative ties in networks and the need to study them together to get a more accurate portrait of the networks’ contents and dynamics. We invite abstracts for presentations on all aspects of these signed networks, including theory, methods, and applications, to a session at the upcoming Sunbelt Conference in Hamburg, Germany.
Example work includes (but is not limited to): Understanding how threats in a network create the need for allies, and the implications for nodal power; examining where bullying emerges in schools or organizations; and how subgroup faultlines affect intra- and inter-group conflict. We encourage a wide range of submissions.

Please submit your abstract by December 31 using the following link to the conference’s abstract submission system:
Please limit your abstract to 250 words.
During the submission process, you will be asked to select a session title from a drop-down box; please select “Negative Ties in Networks”. Please also place a note in the “additional notes” field referring to “Joe Labianca and Karoly Takacs” as the session organizers.
The conference website ( provides additional information on Hamburg and the 33rd Sunbelt conference.
We look forward to your submissions.

Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca
Gatton Endowed Professor of Management
Gatton College of Business & Economics
LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506
859-257-3741 (office)
404-428-4878 (mobile)

Karoly Takacs
Associate Professor
Corvinus University of Budapest
Institute of Sociology and Social Policy
Research Center for Educational and Network Studies (RECENS)
Kozraktar u. 4-6.
H-1093 Budapest, Hungary
Phone: +36-1-4827302
Fax: +36-1-4827348