The main topic of the fourth international conference ‘Networks in the Global World’ was ‘Principles behind Structures: Patterns of complexity in European societies and beyond'. NetGloW’18 was devoted to the fundamental principles underlying various kinds of networks, whether those are interpersonal, semantic, organizational, material, spatial, or other and attracted over 200 submissions from 32 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, UK and USA.
This year, for the first time NetGloW invited organized sessions and workshops.
The sessions of NetGloW’18 were:
- Mixed Methods in Network Analysis;
- Network Analysis of Cultural and Social Duality;
- Network Analysis of Political and Policy-Making Domains;
- Networked City: The Multiplicity of Urban Links and Nodes;
- Networks in Educational Environment;
- Networks in Science, Technology, and Innovation;
- Networks of International Organizations and Associations;
- New Perspectives on Science and Technology Networks;
- Other Network Agents;
- Qualitative Analysis of Multimodal Networks;
- Qualitative Network Analysis;
- Shaping Social Media Discourse: The Roles of People, Institutions, Algorithms, and Other Network Agents;
- Social Media Networks;
- Social Movements and Collective Action as Network Phenomena;
- Social Networks as Valuation Devices: Reputation, Ranking, Recommendations;
- Socio-Semantic Networks;
- Statistical Modeling of Multimodal Networks;
- Statistical Network Modelling;
- Words and Networks.
Descriptions of all conference sessions and abstracts can be found here.
Participants attended keynote and invited talks by the leading social network analysts of the world, including:
- ‘Dynamics of Multilevel and Multivariate Networks’ by Tom Snijders, University College London;
- ‘Elite Political Fields as Systems of Interactions: The case of the Reichstag in Weimar Germany’ John Levi Martin, University of Chicago;
- ‘The Neural Foundations/Signatures of Status and the Emergence of Dyadic Reciprocity and Transitivity in Human Groups’ by Peter Bearman, Columbia University in the City of New York;
- ‘The Emergence of a New Global Scientific Category: A Cultural Analysis’ by Sophie Mützel, University of Lucerne;
- ‘The Role of Networks in International Educational and Environmental Politics: Uncovering Influence Through Social Network Analysis’ by Nina Kolleck, Freie Universität Berlin;
- ‘Bayesian Hierarchical Auto-Logistic Node-Variable Modelling for Analysing Network-Level Moderation of Contagion’ by Johan Koskinen, University of Manchester;
- ‘Articulating the Local and Global Socio-Informational Dynamics (Case Studies From German-, French-, and English-Speaking Digital Public Spaces)’ by Camille Roth, Sciences Po, Paris and Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin;
- ‘The Effect of Online Social Networks on Consumer Purchase Decisions’ by Peng Wang, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.
Find more information about the NetGloW’18 keynote and invited speakers here.
The conference also featured a selection of software workshops:
- ‘Analysing Network Dynamics and Peer Influence Processes with RSiena’ by Tom Snijders, University of Groningen and University of Oxford;
- ‘Multilevel ERGM Analysis with MPNet’ by Peng Wang, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne;
- ‘Bayesian Analysis of Networks Using ERGM’ by Johan Koskinen, University of Manchester;
- ‘Analysis of Bibliographic Networks’ by Vladimir Batagelj, IMFM Ljubljana and AMI UP Koper and Daria Maltseva, International laboratory for Applied Network Research, Moscow;
- ‘Estimating Dynamic Network Actor Models (DyNAMs) with the Goldfish Software’ by James Hollway, Graduate Institute Geneva;
- ‘Network Visualization Tools’ by Camille Roth, Sciences Po, Paris.