Bursary applications open

Thanks to the generous support of Past and Present and the Social History Society, we are offering bursaries for postgraduate students and early career researchers (within 2 years of PhD award without a permanent academic post) attendees. These are intended to cover travel or other costs associated with attending Negotiating Networks.

We have several bursaries of £30 available.

Anyone who wants to apply should email negotiatingnetworks@gmail.com briefly outlining their research and how attending the conference will support it. Deadline for applications 8th June 2018.

Registration is now open via the IHR website. The full programme is available to view on our earlier blog post.


Registration open

Registration is now open for Negotiating Networks on 25th June 2018 at the Institute of Historical Research in London.

You can register via our event page on the IHR website.

Attendance costs just £10 for what promises to be a fantastic one day conference showcasing the latest research using social network analysis in social and economic history.

The full programme is available here.

Postgraduate and ECR bursaries, supported by Past and Present and the Social History Society, are being offered to speakers in the first instance. Any remaining funds will then be offered to attendees.

Programme announcement

We’re very pleased to announce the programme for Negotiating Networks, a one day conference on networks in social and economic history.

The conference will be held in the Wolfson Conference Suite at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London on 25th June 2018. The conference is supported by the Economic History Society. We will also be able to offer bursaries for early career and postgraduate attendees thanks to the generosity of the Past and Present Society. Details on registration and how to apply for bursaries will follow shortly.


9.30                Registration. Tea and coffee available.

10.10              Welcome. Charlie Berry (Institute of Historical Research) and Esther                                       Lewis (University of Nottingham).

10.15              Session One: Women and marginal groups in network analysis.                 Chair: Charlotte Berry (Institute of Historical Research)

Claire Richardson (Institute of Historical Research), Nineteenth Century Prostitute Networks in Stamford and Peterborough.

Jonathan Blaney and Philip Carter (Institute of Historical Research), The classes of 1888-1898: University of London women undergraduates and their networks.

Agata Bloch (Polish Academy of Sciences/Nova University of Lisbon), Living on the Edge. Did Colonialism Really Create Outsiders? The Case of the 18th Century Portuguese Empire.

Maarten F. Van Dijck (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Women in business in New Amsterdam and Rotterdam during the seventeenth century.

12.00-13.00 Lunch and poster presentations.

13.00              Session Two: Pre-modern sources and network analysis.                               Chair: Matthew Hammond (King’s College London).

Leanna Brinkley (University of Southampton), Understanding the Maritime Community: A Network Approach.

Rachael Harkes (University of Durham), Networks of Membership: The Ludlow Palmers’ Guild.

Joe Chick (University of Warwick), Monks, Merchants, and Matrices: A Social Network Analysis of Reading in 1350-1600.

14.30-15.00 Coffee Break.

15.00              Session Three: Innovative methodologies in SNA.
Chair: Justin Colson (University of Essex)

Joonas Kinnunen (University of Turku), Social Network Analysis and the Sound Toll Register Online – A Cross-Sectional Inspection of the Over-Sea trade Connections Going Through the Danish Sound in 1670.

Rui Esteves (University of Oxford) and Gabriel Mesevage (Institute of Advanced Studies, Toulouse), The Rise of New Corruption: British MPs during the Railway Mania of 1845.

Neil Rollings (University of Glasgow) and Mark Tranmer (University of Glasgow), Quantitative Network Analysis of Appointment Diaries.

16.30-16.40   Pause

16.40              Keynote address: Dr Sheryllynne Haggerty (University of Nottingham).                        Chair: Esther Lewis (University of Nottingham)

17.45              Wine Reception

Negotiating Networks – funding announcement

We’re very pleased to announce that the Economic History Society have generously agreed to support Negotiating Networks.

There is just over a month left to get your abstracts in for 20 minute papers at what promises to be an exciting symposium for researchers working on networks in social and economic history.

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Call for papers

CFP- Negotiating Networks: new research on networks in social and economic history

One day conference – 25th June 2018

Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Keynote: Sheryllynne Haggerty, University of Nottingham

This conference will bring together scholars working on networks in social and economic history, broadly defined, with a particular focus on those using Social Network Analysis (SNA) in their research. SNA has become increasingly popular as one of the key digital tools for historical research in recent years. We would like to encourage conversation and exchange of ideas between researchers who use this methodology.

We welcome proposals for papers from postgraduate, early career and established scholars working in this area. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers dealing with the challenges and rewards of examining historical networks.  We therefore encourage papers dealing with the medieval, early modern or modern periods and any geographical location. Papers which take a methodological approach to historical SNA are also welcome.

Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Economic networks: business, trade and material culture
  • Religious and cultural networks: networks of minorities and marginalised groups, confessional networks
  • Interactions between networks and other themes in socio-economic history e.g. migration, institutions
  • Methodological issues in historical SNA

Please send abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute papers to Esther Lewis and Charlie Berry at negotiatingnetworks@gmail.com by 30th January 2018. We hope to offer bursaries for attendance for speakers and travel for postgraduate and ECR attendees.