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Call for paper for the Third Annual GHI Conference on Digital Humanities and Digital History: International Conference and Workshop at the German Historical Institute, In collaboration with Stanford University, about Reconstructing Historical Networks Digitally. New Approaches, Opportunities and Epistemological Implications of Social Network Analysis.


Washington, October 25-27, 2018.


This event seeks to assess through international dialogue the state-of-the-art in social network analysis (SNA) for creating genuinely
historical knowledge, both in respect to tools and their applications, but also with regard to methodological and epistemological implications. Established since the 1970s in the social sciences, network analysis conceptualizes individuals as embedded within webs of social structures through which influence and other resources are transferred disparately. The method is increasingly being adopted and transformed by scholars studying global and transregional history to reveal illuminating patterns and to make new arguments.
This event is intended as an opportunity to discuss advantages,challen ges and limits of adapting and applying SNA tools to historical
research. The conference aims at reflecting upon the impact of the method on conceptions of history, historical methodology, and
Quellenkritik and vice versa-to think through, first, how approaches to social network analysis might change the discipline of history and the
knowledge it produces. Second, the conference will discuss pitfalls, methodological challenges, and limits than can be identified when
applying principles of social network analysis and existing software programs to historical research, which has to take into account not only
space and place, but also time. See complete topics here.


Deadline: 12.04.2018. Please submit proposals for either (or both):
a. 20-minutes presentations at the conference
or / and
b. Workshops of one to two hours. Please include a suggested
schedule and intended participant learning outcomes.
Questions and topics that might be addressed (but are by no means
limited to) are:
1. Historical perspectives on social network analysis as a
scientific method
2. Reflecting on the transformation of historical inquiry through
the adoption of social network analysis and associated approaches
3. Tracing the dynamics of class, race, ethnicity, gender or other
factors within communities or societies
4. New opportunities for migration and mobility studies
5. Network-Analysis for the history of knowledge circulation and
its agents
6. Opportunities and challenges of existing and experimental digital
methods in historical network analysis that address temporal, spatial,
and other issues
7. Managing, transforming, and sharing historical evidence for SNA
8. Resources needed for using or adapting SNA in historical research
Funding is available to support travel expenses. Please submit proposals
of no more than 500 words, with a short (1-2 page) CV, by April 12 2018
to Susanne Fabricius ( For further information
regarding format and concept of the event please contact Dr. Matthew
Hiebert (

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