Analyzing multiple networks from diverse perspectives – international workshop

The first ICONIC international workshop Analyzing multiple networks from diverse perspectives will take place from September 15 to 26, 2018, actually representing a series of lectures, seminars, roundtables and a hands-on workshop meant to cover many different uses and practices of social network analysis. This omnibus workshop is the first of such scale in Romania, taking place in two cities – Timisoara and Bucharest –, for six days, and approaching numerous topics, like personal networks, transnational (migrant) networks, coauthorship networks in science and semantic networks. It has also a multidisciplinary purpose, bringing together social sciences, computer and data science, linguistics and digital humanities, and ethics.

The special guest and keynote speaker is Professor José Luis Molina (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology) who will deliver two lectures. The first one, on September 15, 09.30 AM, opens the second day of the 5th International Conference of the Romanian Sociologists Society, Living in a liquid society, in Timisoara, held at the West University of Timisoara. A second one is due on September 17, 09.30 AM, in Bucharest, at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest. Professor Molina’s lectures will start from a general question: Whole, personal or egocentric networks? What do we know about personal networks and why it matters. Alongside professor Molina, two invited guests will join the workshop: Adina Nergheș (Digital Humanities Group at the KNAW Humanities Cluster) and Angelina Irena Kussy (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology).

During the whole period no more than five sessions, roundtables and a practical workshop will bring together around 20 researchers. In Timisoara, the ICONIC team and its guests are part of a panel devoted to Living in a liquid society, living in transnational social fields. In Bucharest, we will analyze networks from multiple perspectives for two consecutive days (September 18 and 19, 2018). The last two days of this scientific meeting, September 25 and 26, are dedicated to semantic networks, from a theoretical and practical standpoint. The hands-on workshop speaker and mentor is Adina Nergheș.

The full programme is available here.

For detailed information about lectures and panels, participants and abstracts please check the booklet.

If it’s September, it’s the social networks season!

Sunbelt Conference in Utrecht

The Sunbelt Conference (this years’ edition: XXXVIII) was, and perhaps always will be, an excellent opportunity for professional growth. The event is huge and hosts dozens of researchers from social to natural or logical and formal sciences, all whom are interested in applying social network analysis to their research.

During the conference, the team was involved in many activities, starting from workshops and finishing with oral presentations. The workshops were chosen according to everyone’s research interests.
*From Texts to Networks to Maps;
*Visualizing Social Networks;
*Introduction to ego-network analysis with R;
*Simplifying ego-centered network analysis in R with egor;
*Social Network Approaches for Behavior Change;
*Understanding Diffusion with netdiffuseR;
*statnetWeb: The easy way to learn (or teach) statistical modeling of network data with ERGMs.

The team also participated in the ORBITS research project members meeting (more details here). Thus, the meeting consisted of a discussion on the main issues encountered in the social field research (related to methodology, research ethics, respondents and interviewers, but also future directions of study).

The last activity consisted in an oral presentation on The Impact of Personal Networks on Individual Social Identity in the Beat Volker panel of Ego centered networks: New questions, research, and applications. The presentation was given by Iulian Oană and Bianca Mihăilă. This particular presentation was part of the larger ORBITS Project, and, while the results were only on preliminary analyses, these type of visual results gives hope for further research.

Social networks in Facebook era. A sociological analysis

On Sunday, June 3, at the Bookfest Book Fair 2018, the book Social Networks in the Facebook era. A sociological analysis by Marian-Gabriel Hâncean, principal investigator of the iCoNiC project, was launched. The book launch was attended by two other speakers: professor Lazăr Vlăsceanu and Constantin Vică.

Social Networks in the Facebook era. A sociological analysis

The book is the second in a series that opens, for the first time in Romania, the debate on social networks and network analysis. The volume provides readers with a synthesis of the current research in this field, presenting the conceptual and methodological framework and areas of applicability of the social network analysis.

The volume, in Romanian, can be previewed and purchased on the Polirom publishing house website (print and ebook).