Call for Papers for a session on “Historical Network Research”
at the XXXIII. Sunbelt Conference, May 21-27 – University of Hamburg, Germany
The concepts and methods of social network analysis in historical research are recently being used not only as a mere metaphor but are increasingly applied in practice. In the last decades several studies in the social sciences proved that formal methods derived from social network analysis can be fruitfully applied to selected bodies of historical data as well. These studies however tend to be strongly influenced by concerns, standards of data processing, and, above all, epistemological paradigms that have their roots in the social sciences. Among historians, the term network has been used in a metaphorical sense alone for a long time. It was only recently that this has changed.
We invite papers which successfully integrate social network analysis methods and historical research methods and reflect on the added value of their methodologies. Topics could cover (but are not limited to) network analyses of correspondences, social movements, kinship or economic systems in any historical period.
Submission will be closing on December 31 at 11:59:59 EST. Please limit your abstract to 250 words. Please submit your abstract here: http://www.abstractserver.com/sunbelt2013/absmgm/ and select “Historical Network Research” as session title in the drop down box on the submission site. Please put a note in the “additional notes” box on the abstract submission form that states Marten During and Martin Stark as the session organizers.
For further information on the venue and conference registration see: http://hamburg-sunbelt2013.org/, for any questions regarding the panel, please get in touch with the session organizers.
Marten During, Radboud University Nijmegen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Stark, University of Hamburg, email@example.com
Check https://sites.google.com/site/historicalnetworkresearch/ for a detailed bibliography, conferences, screencasts and other resources.