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Networks: A Skills Workshop. 22 February 2022, 4-6pm, venue FAB5.01

Network analysis offers an interesting way of exploring and visualising networks between social, economic and political actors. This workshop will be led by Dr Kate Davison (University of Sheffield, History Dept.), assisted by Prof Mark Philp, Steve Ranford (Warwick, Senior Academic Technologist), and his colleagues Godwin Yeboah and James Tripp (of the newly formed Information and Digtial Group Technology for Research). The concept and utility of social network analysis will be explored, and some of the software illustrated. The session will be hybrid. You are encouraged to prepare for the session by reading the Kadushin listed below, but this is not essential if you do not have the time beforehand. Although this is an event organised by the History department's Early Modern and Eighteenth Century Centre, it is open more widely to others in History and more widely. If you are outside History and would like to come, please email Amy Evans [] to register your interest.


Here is some suggested reading:

The first 55 pages of Charles Kadushin's Understanding Social NetworksLink opens in a new window (OUP, 2012) - ebook

Paul McLean, Culture in Networks (2017), which focuses on intersections between culture and social networks. chapter 2 focuses on network concepts and how they are inherently questions about culture (e.g. homophily), and chapter 3 the reverse, on how some approaches to culture naturally lend themselves to network approaches.

For some examples of network analysis:

Kate Davison, 'Early Modern Social Networks: Antecedents, Opportunities, and Challenges',Link opens in a new window The American Historical Review, Volume 124, Issue 2, April 2019, Pages 456–482

Emma Rothschild, 'Isolation and Economic Life in Eighteenth-Century France'Link opens in a new window , AHR Volume 119, Issue 4, October 2014, Pages 1055–1082

For a more technical approach see this article by Venturini, Jacomy and Jensen hereLink opens in a new window