Seminar on Collective Action Networks between Online and Offline Interactions

The ECPR Standing Group on Political Networks sponsors the realization of the seminar

“Collective Action Networks between Online and Offline Interactions – Researching social movements, coalitions and governance in the digital age”.

The seminar is the final event of the project REACtION, led by Dr. Elena Pavan of the PolNet SG, and will take place at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento on March 17th, 2015.

The seminar will feature the following talks:

The REACtION Project. A Continuos Learning Experience – Elena Pavan, Università di Trento. Discussant: Stefania Milan, University of Amsterdam

Organizational networks in the field of immigration – Nina Eggert, University of Antwerp; Katia Pilati, Università di Trento

Spillover as Movement Agenda Setting: How Movement Issues Spillover Online – Jennifer Earl, University of Arizona

The Discursive Power of Online Networks. Background to a Global Alliance for Media and Gender – Claudia Padovani, Università di Padova

Extreme Right Movements and on line Politics in current Democracies – Manuela Caiani, Institute for Advanced Studies

Prof. Mario Diani, from the University of Trento and the PolNet SG, will open the seminar activities.

More details on the talks and the schedule of the day are available in this file

For any further information, please contact Elena Pavan

ECPR General Conference Montreal (26-29 Aug 2015) – SG on Political Networks Call for Papers and Panels

The Standing Group on Political Networks of the European Consortium for Political Research – ECPR – invites proposals for papers and full panels to be included in the program of the 9th ECPR General Conference, to be hosted on 26 – 29 August 2015 at the University of Montréal, Canada.

This section aims to bring together methodological, theoretical or empirical papers investigating the role of networks in political and policy processes. We particularly welcome contributions to the following three panel topics:

  • Policy Networks (contact: Kathryn Oliver;Kathryn.oliver@ucl.ac.uk): This panel solicits empirical and theoretical papers on the role of networks in policy processes, especially comparative or methodologically innovative approaches.
  • Social Movements and Social Media (contact: Kathryn Oliver or Franziska Keller; Kathryn.oliver@ucl.ac.ukor fbkeller@nyu.edu):this panel assembles studies on the role of networks in online and offline mobilization.
  • Political Elites (contact: Franziska Keller; fbkeller@nyu.edu): this panel brings together researchers examining the interactions and relations between elites in one or several countries.

For more information, please consult the section website:

http://ecpr.eu/Events/SectionDetails.aspx?SectionID=449&EventID=94

If you are interested in proposing a paper on one of the topics listed above, please contact the corresponding organizer byFebruary 1st, 2015. Alternatively, you are also welcome to propose a standalone paper, or a full panel on another topic. Anyone wishing to propose a standalone paper will need to propose it to a specific Section then, if accepted, the Section chair will allocate it to the appropriate Panel. As for Panel proposals, they must include a minimum of four Papers and each Paper must include the Paper title, an abstract and author(s) details.

The procedure for submission is outlined below. Although the call for full panels and individual papers will remain open until 16 February 2014 on the ECPR website (http://ecpr.eu/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=94) proposals to specific panels should be mailed by February 1st in order to allow the time to coordinate the organizers’ efforts.

Please feel free to contact the SG chairs Kathryn Oliver (Kathryn.oliver@ucl.ac.uk)or Franziska Keller(fbkeller@nyu.edu) for further information.

‘VIOLENT ONLINE POLITICAL EXTREMISM: SETTING A RESEARCH AGENDA’

The ECPR SG on Political Networks invites submissions to the

INAUGURAL VOX-POL CONFERENCE: ‘VIOLENT ONLINE POLITICAL EXTREMISM: SETTING A RESEARCH AGENDA’

WHEN: August 28 – August 29, 2014 a

WHERE: King’s College London

The VOX-Pol Network of Excellence (NoE) is an EU-funded academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of Violent Online Political Extremism and responses to it.

The inaugural VOX-Pol conference will be held at King’s College London on 28-29 August 2014, and will feature panels and papers describing and discussing cutting-edge research on violent extremism and the Internet, and addressing frontiers in social science methodologies for this research.

Perspectives from any academic discipline are welcome, particularly: communications, computer science, cultural studies, information science, international relations, internet studies, law, media studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

The following topics are of particular interest:

  • Online radicalisation;
  • The Internet and recruitment into violent political extremist groups;
  • Methodologies for terrorism-related Internet research;
  • Network analysis and violent online political extremism;
  • The content and functioning of violent political extremist Internet forums;
  • The role of video in violent online political extremism;
  • Children/youth, violent extremism, and new media;
  • Women/gender, violent extremism, and new media;
  • Sexual orientation, violent extremism and new media;
  • Case studies of particular groups’ use of new media (e.g. al-Qaeda and related, FARC, Hamas, Hizbollah, dissident Irish Republicans, Neo-Nazis, etc.);
  • Case studies of the manifestation(s) and workings of violent political extremism on specific online platforms (e.g. Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, etc.);
  • Policy/legislative responses to violent online political extremism;
  • Critical responses to research on, reporting of, and governmental responses to the conjunction of violent extremism and the Internet;
  • Ethical issues surrounding online extremism-related research.

We welcome papers or panel proposals in all these areas, particularly where they report significant new results. Innovative methodological papers are especially welcome.

Authors of individual papers should submit a 300-word abstract at our proposal submission page, https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vope2014 by 16 May 2014. Panel proposals should include a 200-word abstract and confirmed list of min. 3 panelists.

A selection of papers will be considered for publication in the journals Policy and Internet, and Perspectives on Terrorism.

Deadlines

  • Abstract deadline: 300 words to be submitted by 16 May 2014
  • Registration: from 16 June 2014
  • Decision on abstracts: 16 June 2014
  • Registration Deadline: 14 August 2014 – no on-site registration
  • Early bird registration deadline: 13 July 2014

 

Travel Funding

The conference organisers are able to provide a number of travel grants for PhD students, early career researchers, end-users, and colleagues from the developing world. Support may be requested for registration fees, transportation, and accommodation. Further details will be provided when decisions are made on selected papers.

For more information, visit http://www.voxpol.eu; for conference-related queries, email conference@voxpol.eu.

 

Upcoming Political Networks Events

Check out the next events on political networks where our SG is involved and consider to submit a paper proposal!

1)      International Political Science Association (IPSA) Seventh Annual Political Networks Conference, Montreal 28-31 May 2014; URL: https://www.ipsa.org/news/call-for-paper/seventh-annual-political-networks-conference (Deadline for paper abstracts 1st February)

2)      CALL FOR PAPERS: Networks in the Global World 2014 – Bridging Theory and Method: American, European, and Russian Studies; June 27-29, St Petersburg, Russia; Host: Center for German and European Studies (St. Petersburg State University – Bielefeld University); URL: http://www.ngw.spbu.ru: Deadline for abstracts (200 words) submission: December 24th 2013 [late submissions may still be considered]; Working language: English. Within the conference there will be sections on SNA and politics chaired by David Knoke, Mario Diani and Dimitris Christopoulos

3)      1st European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN) – UAB – July, 1-4, 2014; URL: http://jornades.uab.cat/eusn/ (CFPs will be issues approx. in March 2014)

4)      European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), General Conference, Glasgow 3-6 September 2014; URL http://ecpr.eu/events/eventdetails.aspx?EventID=14 (Deadline for paper abstracts February 15th 2014)

ECPR SG on Political Networks – 8th ECPR General Conference, Call for Full Panels and Individual Papers

The Standing Group on Political Networks of the European Consortium for Political Research-ECPR invites proposals for papers and full panels to be included in the program of the 8th ECPR General Conference, to be hosted on 3 – 6 September 2014 by the University of Glasgow.

Since the publication of David Knoke’s Political Networks (1990), systematic research on social networks has grown dramatically in both political science and political sociology. The Political Networks section builds on the conversations started in Bordeaux at the 2013 General Conference. We are planning panels that fall under three major themes: the basic mechanisms through which network properties affect individual political action; the different ways in which network approaches have contributed to our understanding of collective action dynamics; the relationship between networks and policy making.

Possible topics for panels include the following:

If you are interested in proposing a paper on one of the topics listed above, please contact the corresponding organizer by February 1st, 2014. Alternatively, you are also welcome to propose a standalone paper, or a full panel on another topic. Anyone wishing to propose a standalone paper will need to propose it to a specific Section then, if accepted, the Section chair will allocate it to the appropriate Panel. As for Panel proposals, they must include a minimum of four Papers and each Paper must include the Paper title, an abstract and author(s) details.

The procedure for submission is outlined below. Although the call for full panels and individual papers will remain open until 15 February 2014 on the ECPR website (http://www.ecpr.eu/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=14) proposals to specific panels should be mailed by February 1st in order to allow the time to coordinate the organizers’ efforts.

Please feel free to contact the SG chairs Mario Diani (Mario.diani@unitn.it) or Dimitris Christopoulos (dimitriscc@gmail.com) for further information.

Submission Procedure and further details*

*from the ECPR website

Proposers of Panels need not belong to an ECPR member institution, but they must  create a free MyECPR account.

As Europe’s biggest political science conference, the ECPR’s General Conference gathers scholars from across the world to discuss key areas of this discipline. The conference follows a traditional format with the Academic Programme consisting of lectures, Roundtables and themed Sections and Panels on topical subjects. Each Panel will include 4 – 5 Papers to be presented and discussed. The Programme will be very broad with Sections covering all the main areas of political science, political theory, international relations and European studies. You can present and discuss your work or simply observe and become involved in other elements of the programme.

– Call for Full Panels and individual Papers

The call for Panels and individual Papers is now open. This stage of the process is open to all participants, but please note that all participants must have a MyECPR account. Individuals can propose a Panel including 4 – 5 Papers or propose individual Papers to a particular Section. Further information explaining the stages in detail can be found in the Guidelines.

 When proposing a Panel/Paper please note that:

  • Panel proposals must include a minimum of four Papers and each Paper must include the Paper title, an abstract and author(s) details.
  • A standalone Paper can be proposed to a specific Section. If accepted, the Section chair will then allocate it to the appropriate Panel.
  • Please note that there will not be a subsequent separate call for Papers.

If you have any further queries about the General Conference, please email Jenna Barnard at generalconference@ecpr.eu

– General Conference funding opportunities

A funding opportunity of €250 is available towards the conference for individuals affiliated with ECPR full member institutions (subject to meeting the required criteria). The funding application process will open next year and details will be available on the website in due course. For further queries, please email Anna Foley at afoley@ecpr.eu.

 

Welcome to the ECPR Political Network SG Blog!

Dear colleague,

welcome to the ECPR Political Network SG Blog!

This blog is meant to be a aggregation point for discussing research and keep our members and affiliates posted on interesting events and initiatives pertaining to political networks.

Should you want to suggest contents to be posted and made available to the whole SG – e.g., notify a relevant event or piece of research – please get in contact with the SG Communication Committee at politicalnets.ecpr@gmail.com.

Also, the SG has set up a Google Group – which would like to be a place for dialogue, confrontation and for collective resources pooling and sharing. If you are not a member of the Political Networks ECPR SG Google Group, send us an email at the address  politicalnets.ecpr@gmail.com and we will add you as a group member. Alternatively, you can apply directly for membership at the URL https://groups.google.com/d/forum/politicalnetsecpr.

The ECPR Political Networks Standing Group is chaired by

Dimitris Christopoulos, Department of Public Governance & Sustainable Development, MODUL University Vienna (email: dimitriscc AT gmail.com)

and

Mario Diani, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento (email: mario.diani AT unitn.it)

The SG Communication Committee is formed by

Karin Ingold, Institute of Political Science & Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Bern (email: karin.ingold AT ipw.unibe.ch)

Elena Pavan, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento (email: elena.pavan AT unitn.it)

Oliver Westerwinter, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University institute (email:Oliver.Westerwinter AT EUI.eu).