• ROMARCH: Call for Papers, The Connected Past, Oxford 2018

    cropped-logo_website_headingCALL FOR PAPERS

    The Connected Past Oxford 2018

    What? An international conference on spatiotemporal archaeological and historical network research

    When? 6-7 December 2018

    Where? University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Keynotes? Dr. Nathalie Riche (Microsoft Research) and Dr. Matthew Peeples (Arizona State University)

    Deadline call for papers? 14 May 2018

    More information? http://connectedpast.net

    Organisers? PastNet https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/themes/pastnet-network

    How do social networks evolve over very long time-scales? How did geography constrain or enhance the development of past social networks? These are fundamental questions in both the study of the human past and network research, yet our ability to answer them is severely hampered by the limited development of spatiotemporal network methods. PastNet is an inter-disciplinary network that aims to stimulate the development and application of such methods through networking meetings, a conference and a workshop.

    Formal network methods are increasingly commonly applied in a wide range of disciplines to study phenomena as diverse as the connectivity of neurons in the human brain, terrorist networks, a billion interlinked Facebook profiles, and power grids. Despite this diversity and the decades-long tradition of using network methods in the social sciences, physics and computer science, the development of techniques for the study of spatial networks and long-term network change has so far been largely neglected. Network research is also becoming more common in disciplines concerned with the study of past human behaviour: archaeology, classics and history. These disciplines have a strong tradition in exploring long-term human behavioural change and spatial phenomena, despite being forced to use fragmentary textual and material sources as indirect evidence of such phenomena.

    By bringing together network researchers from a diverse range of fields such as archaeology, computer science, history and physics, The Connected Past 2018 conference in Oxford aims to foster cross-disciplinary exchange to push network research further. The historical disciplines will contribute new spatiotemporal approaches and datasets to network research, whereas the traditional network research disciplines will further stimulate the critical application of network approaches to the study of the human past.

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  • ROMARCH: Call for Papers, The Connected Past 2017: the Future of Past Networks

    Call for papers The Connected Past 2017, August 24-25th 2017, Bournemouth University (UK)
    The Connected Past 2017: The Future of Past Networks?
     
    August 24-25th 2017 
    Bournemouth University (UK)
     
    August 22-23rd 2017 Practical Networks Workshop
     
    The Connected Past 2017 is a multi-disciplinary, international two-day conference that aims to provide a friendly and informal platform for exploring the use of network research in the study of the human past. 
     
    It will be preceded by a two-day practical workshop offering hands-on experience with a range of network science methods.
     
    Deadline call for papers: May 21, 2017
    Notification of acceptance: May 29, 2017
     
    Conference registration (includes coffee breaks and lunch): £35
    Workshop registration (includes coffee breaks): £20
     
    Keynotes: Eleftheria Paliou and discussant Chris Tilley (tbc)
    Organisers: Fiona Coward, Anna Collar & Tom Brughmans
     
    Call for Papers
    Five years have passed since the first Connected Past conference (Southampton 2012) brought together scholars working in archaeology, history, physics, mathematics and computer science to discuss how network methods, models and thinking might be used to enhance our understanding of the human past. Much has happened in these intervening years: applications of network analysis have expanded rapidly; a number of collected volumes dealing explicitly with network analysis of the past have been published (e.g. The Connected Past, OUP 2016; Special Issue of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 2015; Network Analysis in Archaeology, OUP 2013); and several dedicated groups of scholars are thriving, including the Connected Past itself which hosted conferences in Paris and London, but also the Historical Network Research group, Res-Hist and others. The Connected Past 2017 will provide an opportunity to take stock of the developments of the past five years and to discuss the future of network research in archaeology and history. How will new network models, methods and thinking shape the ways we study the past? 
     
    We welcome submissions of abstracts that address the challenges posed by the use of or apply network approaches in historical/archaeological research contexts, welcoming case studies drawn from all periods and places. Topics might include, but are not limited to: 
     
            Missing and incomplete data in archaeological and historical networks
            Networks, space and place
            Network change over time
            What kinds of data can archaeologists and historians use to reconstruct past networks and what kinds of issues ensue?
            Categories in the past vs categories in our analysis: etic or emic, pre-determined or emergent?
            Formal network analysis vs qualitative network approaches: pros, cons, potential, limitations
     
    Please submit your abstract limited to 250 words before midnight (GMT) of May 21st 2017 to connectedpast2017@gmail.com  
     
    NB. If there is sufficient demand, we will endeavour to organise a crêche for delegates’ children (under 3). An extra fee may be payable for this, although fee-waivers may be available in certain circumstances. Further details would be provided in due course. In order to allow us to assess demand, please let us know in advance if this would be useful for you.  
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    Posted by: Tom Brughmans <tom.brughmans@yahoo.com>