Call for Papers for a session on “Visual, participatory network analysis”

At the XXXIII. Sunbelt Conference, May 21-27 – University of Hamburg, Germany (

Knowledge of people about the relation of people is often used to answer certain research questions or in applied contexts e.g. for strategic planning. Methods of drawing network maps together with interview partners, either using computer software or pen and paper, to visualize their implicit network knowledge during the interview, have gained some ground in the social network analysis community. Goal of the interviews is usually not only to derive network data but more importantly assessing or narratively interpret structures together with the interview partner. Researchers using these methods often seek to understand causal mechanisms, i.e. significant explanations of statistical correlations for example derived from quantitative network analysis. A second popular use of these methods is rather oriented towards the process, e.g. facilitate communication within a group that wants to develop a strategic plan or uncover sources of conflicts.
This panel invites papers that provide examples of visual, participatory network analysis and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of methods and analysis techniques.

Submission will be closing on December 31 at 11:59:59 EST. Please limit your abstract to 250 words.

Proceed to abstract submission:

When submitting your abstract, please select “Visual, participatory network analysis” as session title in the drop down box on the submission site. To be extra sure please put a note in the “additional notes” box on the abstract submission form that states Jennifer Hauck and Michael Kronenwett as the session organizer.
For further information on the venue and conference registration see

Session Organizers:

Jennifer Hauck (
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ / Department of Environmental Politics

Michael Kronenwett (
University of Trier, Research Cluster Social Networks

Kind regards,
Michael Kronenwett

Michael Kronenwett, M.A.
Research Cluster Social Networks
Forschungscluster “Gesellschaftliche Abhängigkeiten und soziale Netzwerke”
University of Trier
Phone +49-651-2014140
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