The main theme of NetGloW in 2022 is concerned with time, would it imply change of network structures over time, certain historical points when networks occur, relational stories endowing links and networks with meaning, or other related issues. In line with its tradition, the conference engages dynamics of different kinds of networks, whether they connect persons, symbolic elements, material things, organizations, social institutions, political entities, or other types of nodes. The event also seeks understanding of relational dynamics between networks of different kinds. We are equally curious to look into network change throughout the development of personal trajectories, relational dynamics in dyads, or at the whole-network level. We are interested to understand the meaning of change in the context of a particular historical time or to look for the fundamental principles of change in typical relations, such as friendship or power. The participants are welcome to propose new theorizations of time in network analysis, offer new methods to test theories of network change, or come up with applications to new data. Archive-based data on networks of the past, longitudinal, and time-stamped data are particularly welcome, especially those revolving around European societies. In addition, the conference not only questions how network structure changes, but also how individual, dyadic, and whole-level perceptions of specific relations and whole networks change over time, alongside with the change of network structure. Accordingly, both methods capturing change interpretively and those relying on formal and statistical inquiries are welcome, especially mixed methods striving at finding the fundamental principles of network dynamics together with the corresponding network patterns while understanding the meaning of these principles and patterns in broader socio-cultural contexts.
The core subject areas of the NetGloW conference series remain the same in 2022, as well as the overall approach: The focus on advances in network analysis combining different types of methods and data to address the challenges in studying various kinds of networks, compared across cultures, societies, states, economies, and cities, – with a primary focus on European societies. Like before, a particular emphasis is on linkages between theory, method and applications, considering how theory-driven principles can be tested and which settings are suitable for such investigations. The conference will offer a coherent set of sessions and workshops corresponding to this overall approach. Simultaneously, once more NetGloW invites proposals from the community of network scholars on sessions and workshops they would like to bring to the conference, both in line with the proposed main topic and in addition to it.