Historical Network Research (http://historicalnetworkresearch.org)

Historical Network Research 2015 International Conference

Call for papers

The Historical Network Research is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual conference. Having been held in Hamburg in 2013 and Ghent in 2014, this year it will be held in Lisbon, on 15-18 September 2015.

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 saturated 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.

Echoing the emerging trends in historical research, the Institute of Contemporary History (Lisbon, UNL-FCSH) in partnership with the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research (IST, UL) will host, in September 2015, the 3rd Historical Network Research Conference.

This will be 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.

Naturally, the Conference will be 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.

We welcome proposals for individual papers discussing any historical period and geographical area. Some of the 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
  • The geographical scope of networks
  • Cultural and intellectual networks
  • Methodological explorations


The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2015.

Papers for presentation will be selected, after peer review, on the basis of abstracts (up to 500 words). To apply please also include the title, 3 keywords, institutional affiliation, contact details and a brief CV or bio.

Each presentation will last no more than 15 minutes. The default language is English.

Contact and submission: HistoricalNetworkResearch2015@gmail.com

Organizers HNR 2015 (Lisbon):

Maria Fernanda Rollo— director, IHC (Institute of Contemporary History, Lisbon, UNL-FCSH)

Manuel Heitor, director IN+ Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research (IST, UL)

Ivo Veiga, integrated researcher IHC, FCSH-UNL Filipe Silva, researcher IHC, FCSH-UNL

Nuno Lima, researcher IHC, FCSH-UNL