Call for Proposals to host the Historical Network Research Conference 2017

The Historical Network Research initiative is pleased to announce a call for the organization of the fourth international Historical Network Research Conference in 2017.

For some time now, historical research has been conducted using the theories, methods and practices of the field of social network analysis. Conceptually, with its emphasis on the understanding that the actors and their actions are part of a complex world of relations and dynamic bonds, this field opens up multiple possibilities of historical inquiry. What’s more, this approach sustains empirical work that can explore documental archives, textual sources or even oral history approaches. The conference is an opportunity to present historical research embedded in the field of social network analysis, as well as a chance to benefit from workshops designed to acquire analytic and visual tools. The Conference is open not only to arts and humanities researchers, but also to social, formal, applied and natural scientists, who are interested in historical research and processes regarding every historical period and geographical area.

Previous conferences took place in

Hamburg 2013 (
Ghent 2014 (
Lisbon 2015 (


Conference topics include but are not limited to:

• Economic and business history,

• Scientific networks and collaborations,

• Technological and research networks,

• Social movements and political mobilization,

• Social network theory and historical research,

• Policy networks,

• Social network analysis,

• War and conflict,

• Kinship and community,

• Social networks and health,

• Geographical scope of networks,

• Cultural and intellectual networks

• Methodological explorations

Proposals for the Historical Network Research conference for the year 2017 should be submitted by September 30th 2016. The decision will be announced by October 31st 2016. To apply please provide all information required below and send it to Dr Martin Stark,


Proposals should to mention:

• Host institution and country

• Main organizers and contact

• Motivations

• Proposed dates and program

• Scientific sponsors

• International aspects

• Tentative budget