Hi all,

this workshop announcement comes via Lisa van Diem:


Dear Dr. Düring

I am nor sure whether it is suitable for the newsletter but if it is, would you be so kind to post a message on the workshop we are organizing with the TIC-Belgium. It is a doctoral workshop on tracing mobilities and socio-political activism, but a couple of the phd's look specifically at networks and some of them apply SNA. Furthermore, we also have a special session on Nodegoat.


Best wishes,

Lisa van Diem

Doctoral workshop: Tracing mobilities and socio-political activism. Mons 29 June-1 July. (with Nodegoat section)

Tracing mobilities and socio-political activism, 19th – 20th centuries
Mundaneum, Mons, June 29 - July 1
Organisation: TIC-Belgium (http://www.tic.ugent.be/)

In the workshop we will explore to what extent the notion of ‘mobility’ in current cultural and social theory (eg. Stephen Greenblatt, John Urry) can be fruitfully applied in historical research. Mobilities can be seen as cross-border movements of persons, objects, texts and ideas. How can we grasp mobility of people and ideas in the spheres of politics, learning and the arts? Within this context, we focus on the involvement of social, legal and educational reformers and other kinds of socio-political activists in (temporary) transnational intellectual networks on the one hand and their activities at home on the other. The conceptualization of intermediary persons as ‘rooted cosmopolitans’ (Sidney Tarrow), ‘mobilizers’ (Greenblatt) and ‘contact zones’ seem promising notions to unravel mobilities. The focus of the workshop is on European reformers and activists, but this does not mean that it is restricted to the European continent, as a lot of European nation states had colonies and cross-border cooperation and mobilities focused on colonial knowledge and governance took place in Europe as well as in the colonies themselves.

In this workshop PhD students will explore the notions of mobility and activism by presenting clear cut case studies. Participants will also reflect on methodological issues, for instance the usage of text mining, social network analysis and data visualization techniques in the humanities and social sciences.

Opening Lecture

Christian Topalov (EHESS)


Kenneth Bertrams (ULB),Wolf Feuerhahn (EHESS), Damiano Matasci (Université de Genève), Sarah Panter (IEG Mainz)


The call for papers is already closed. If you would like to attend the workshop please sign up by sending an email to Stéphanie Manfroid of the Mundaneum (stephanie.manfroid@mundaneum.be) before 23 June.​


For the programme of the workshop click here



Lisa van Diem

PhD Candidate




Department of History

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Maastricht University


Email: lisa.vandiem@maastrichtuniversity.nl 


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