Category: Social Networks

The Social Graph is Neither

http://blog.pinboard.in/2011/11/the_social_graph_is_neither/

Thanks to Scott McClurg.

Michigan Daily on Political Networks Conference

http://www.michigandaily.com/blog/ford-school-hosts-event-discuss-impact-international-political-networks

Nonconsensual Networking (The Onion)

http://www.theonion.com/articles/study-89-percent-of-networking-nonconsensual,18936/

Facebook as a Tool for Organizing Protests

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/business/media/15facebook.html?_r=1&hp

Call for Papers: Political Networks Conference, June 14-18

4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops

Call for Papers

The 4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops will be held June 14-18, 2011 at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Approximately 150-200 political networks scholars from around the world are expected to be in attendance.

The study of political networks serves a key role in understanding governance, as politics is largely driven by relationships between actors, agencies, and institutions. A greater recognition of these relationships has begun to change the study of politics.  We are soliciting papers that apply network ideas, from substantive insights to methodological innovations, to topics related to American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, public administration, political methodology, or other areas of politics.  We are particularly interested in proposals that are not only descriptive, but that also make causal claims with clear identification strategies.   Submissions are encouraged from a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields including, but not limited to, political science, sociology, economics, public policy, anthropology, psychology, business, information systems, mathematics, physics, and complex systems.

The full conference will kick off on June 16  with an opening reception and keynote address by Garry Robins, University of Melbourne.  A full schedule of panel presentations begins on June 17 and 18.  Mark Newman of the University of Michigan will give the plenary address on June 17.

Due to the success of the workshop sessions held in prior years at Harvard and Duke, workshop offerings at this year?s event have been expanded. The first three days will be devoted to didactic sessions on network methodology by leading experts in the field, including Garry Robins, Steve Borgatti, Mark Newman, Carter Butts, David Siegel, Meredith Rolfe, and Michael Heaney.

Sessions are scheduled as follows:

June 14: Beginning Workshop on Network Analysis (assumes no prior training)
June 15: Computer Applications in Network Analysis
June 16: Specialized Workshops in Network Analysis and Keynote Address (5pm)
June 17: Conference Panels, Plenary Address, and Poster Session
June 18: Conference Panels, Plenary Panel, and Business Meeting

Key Deadlines:

March 15: Deadline for proposals
April 1: Invitations to conference announced
April 15: Deadline to confirm or decline invitations
May 1: Deadline for early registration

NSF-funded fellowships are available to support graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty to attend the conference and workshops.  Scholars and students from outside the U.S. are also eligible to apply.  The fellowship amount will be pro-rated to cover the number of workshop days.  Conference attendance is required for all fellowship recipients.

To submit a proposal, register, apply for funding, find accommodations, or obtain other information, please visithttp://sitemaker.umich.edu/fordschool-pnc

Additionally, the 4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops will be held immediately prior to the beginning of the ICPSR Summer Program at the University of Michigan.  There are two ICPSR opportunities that may be of interest to conference participants.  First, ICPSR is offering a one-week course (June 20-24) on Advanced Network Analysis, which will provide an overview of how to handle and analyze very large-scale network data, such as Federal Elections Commission and Twitter data.  Fellowships of up to $1,000 will be available to political networks conference attendees, who wish to attend this seminar as well. More information about this ICPSR course is available at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0135
Second, ICPSR is offering a four-week course (June 20-July 15) on Network Analysis. More information about this ICPSR course is available at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0131

Plan to come to the 4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops, June 14-18, 2011, and stay in Ann Arbor for a summer of training in networks through the ICPSR Summer Program.

Program Co-Chairs

Meredith Rolfe, University of Oxford (meredith.rolfe@sbs.ox.ac.uk)
Betsy Sinclair, University of Chicago (betsy@uchicago.edu)

University of Michigan Host Committee

Michael T. Heaney, Chair (mheaney@umich.edu)
Philip B. K. Potter, Co-Chair
Robert J. Franzese, Jr.
Elisabeth R. Gerber
William G. Jacoby

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Michael T. Heaney, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies & Political Science
University of Michigan
722 Dennison Building
500 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1042

Cell phone: 202-236-3369
E-mail: mheaney@umich.edu
http://www.umich.edu/~mheaney/

Pope Blesses Social Networks

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/01/24/technology/tech-us-pope-facebook.html?_r=1&hp

The Networks Workshop — Winter 2011

Meets on Tuesdays, 4:10pm to 5:30pm, 5664 Haven Hall

Organized by Michael T. Heaney (mheaney@umich.edu)

January 11Marcia Valenstein, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, “BuddytoBuddy: A Peer Outreach Program for National Guard Soldiers”

January 18Lada Adamic, School of Information, University of Michigan, “Rating Friends without Making Enemies”

January 25Scott Page, Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, “Tipping Points: Defined (several times over)”

February 1Nicole Ellison, Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, Michigan State University, “Reshaping Networks: The Social Capital Implications of Facebook-Enabled Communication Practices”

February 10 (Thursday) – Jerker Denrell, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, “Learning to Prefer the Status Quo: Mechanisms of Indirect Social Influence.”

February 15Sarah Reckhow, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University, “Policy Reform Networks in Education: The Role of Private Foundations”

February 22 –  Natalie Cotton, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, “Relational Approaches at Work:  Understanding Social Network Formation and Maintenance”

March 8Jeremy Fox, Department of Economics, University of Michigan, “Estimating Matching Games”

March 15Emily Falk, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, “The Neuroscience of Buzz: Understanding the Spread of Ideas through the People Who Spread Them”

March 22Michael Jensen, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, “Flows of Cultural Consecration: Who Benefits From Film Festivals?”

March 29Eytan Bakshy, School of Information, University of Michigan, “Quantifying Influence on Facebook: An Experimental Approach”

April 5Phil Potter, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, “The Network of Terrorism Scholars”

April 12Sanghee Lim, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, “Information Technology, Alliances, and Firm Performance”

April 19Paul Poast, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan, “Community Detection: An Application to the International Treaty Network”

Special Journal Issue on Network Visualization

http://www.cmu.edu/joss/content/issues/vizsymposium.html

4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Training, June 14-18, 2011

Please SAVE THE DATE on your calendar for the 4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Training to be held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, June 14-18, 2011.

The Conference and Training will be held at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and will be organized roughly as follows:

TRAINING June 14-16

June 14: Conceptual Introduction to Network Analysis (Beginner level)
June 15: Computer Applications in Network Analysis (R, Siena)
June 16: Specialized Topics in Network Analysis

CONFERENCE June 16-18

June 16, 5pm: Keynote Address and reception
June 17: First day of panels, plenary address, poster session
June 18: Second day of panels, plenary session, business meting

The Program Co-Chairs are Betsy Sinclair, University of Chicago and Meredith Rolfe, University of Oxford.

The following people are serving on the local host committee:

Michael T. Heaney, Chair
Philip B. K. Potter, Co-Chair
Robert J. Franzese, Jr.
Elisabeth R. Gerber
William G. Jacoby

More details will be forthcoming in the fall.

Sincerely,

Michael


Michael T. Heaney, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies & Political Science
University of Michigan
722 Dennison Building
500 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1042

Cell phone: 202-236-3369
E-mail: mheaney@umich.edu
http://www.umich.edu/~mheaney/

Issue Networks and the Social Forum

http://orgtheory.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/policy-issue-networks-in-the-american-left/