Call for papers for a session on “Elite Networks”

at the 33rd Sunbelt Conference, May 21-26 2013 in Hamburg, Germany

Organizers: Kai-Uwe Schnapp and Steffen Mohrenberg (University of Hamburg, Germany)

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We welcome 1) empirical and 2) theoretical presentations as well as contributions on 3) elite networks with a focus on research methods and methodology.

Topics for this session could include but are not limited to:

1. National or international elites of single or multiple sectors (politics, economy, society)

2. Survey methods for network data and issues of collecting elite networks

a) Methodological issues of sampling and definitions of the population

b) Research designs of planned studies

3. Identification of individuals which belong to elites of hidden populations (crime, gangs, etc.)

Please submit your abstract by December 31 using the following link to the conference’s abstract submission system:

During the submission process, you will be asked to select a session title from a drop-down box; please select “Elite Networks”. We kindly request you also put a note in the “additional notes” field referring to “Kai-Uwe Schnapp” as the session organizer.

The conference website ( provides additional information on Hamburg and the 33rd Sunbelt conference.