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Date(s) - 28/11/2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Virtual meeting via Zoom


We would like to invite you to the next CREATE Digital History Workshop and Salon on November 28, whose topic is Network Analysis in Humanities Research.

  • The workshop (12:00-14:45, E-Lab, BG1 Mediastudies). Please note the change of time for the workshop (now 12:00-14:45).

  • The salon (15:00-17:00, E-Lab, BG1 Mediastudies) features invited talks from Ingeborg van Vugt (Utrecht University) and Adina Nerghes (KNAW Humanities Cluster).

Workshop attendees who plan to bring their own dataset and research question, please send us a 3-minute pitch that they will be able to present at the beginning of the workshop (please email before 25 November to Giovanni Colavizza (

Workshop (12.00-14.45)
This Digital History Workshop (12.00-14.45) will focus on historical network analysis in the form of a lab session, where participants will bring their own data and their specific questions. We will start with a brief introduction on historical network analysis. Participants will then work together on their own project, or with someone with a project of their interest, and we will brainstorm at the end to think about future opportunities. The workshop will give participants an opportunity to get feedback on their ongoing projects from the invited experts (Ingeborg, Adina, Giovanni) and from other participants.

12.00-12.30 Introduction (Giovanni)
12.30-13.00 Round of pitches from attendees and division into groups
13:00-13:15 Break (please bring your own lunch)
13:15-14:30 Group work
14:30-14:45 Round of table

Salon (15.00-17.00)
That afternoon, the CREATE Salon (15.-00-17.00) will also be dedicated to network analysis in humanities research. Speakers are Ingeborg van Vugt (Utrecht University) and Adina Nerghes (KNAW Humanities Cluster).

Drinks (17:00+)


What’s in a metric: social network analysis in historical research
Ingeborg van Vugt (Utrecht University)

Although social network analysis has become a widely employed tool in the historical field, the underlying formal definitions of network concepts have received little attention. Indeed, we must remember that the vocabulary and metrics of social network analysis have their own set of rules, their own methods – their own history indeed. Once we understand the full potential of the framework that social network analysis offers, we can start to think about how networks can enable us to advance the cause of historical inquiry. In light of this, my presentation illustrates the conceptual framework of network analysis, starting with a basic vocabulary and moving on to a way of thinking about networks in terms of tightly-knit communities and brokers.

Socio-semantic networks and the Structural Space
Adina Nerghes (KNAW Humanities Cluster)

In this talk I will focus on the increasingly popular socio-semantic framework, which can aid in the analysis of meaning structures along with underlying relational actor behaviors, thus accounting for the joint influence of both social and semantic structures. Using examples from Twitter–where users create social structures (e.g., mentioning others) and well as content (e.g., creating or disseminating tweets)—I show how the analysis of these two types of structures can be done jointly. Furthermore, I will also present a network analysis approach designed to identify prominent structural positions in these socio-semantic networks.