ECTQG 2013 – Special sessions on network analysis – Call for papers

The next European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative  Geography (ECTQG) will take place in Dourdan, near Paris next september (5th to 9th). Two special sessions on network analysis are planned : one organized by Myriam Baron (University Paris 7) and I, the other one by our colleague Céline Rozenblat (University of Lausanne).

Important dates :
Abstract submission (3.000 characters and spaces max*): before March 15th, 2013
Acceptance notification: before April 15th, 2013
Full paper submission (40.000 characters and spaces max*): before June 15th, 2013
Conference Registration: from April 15th to July 15th 2013
Reduced fee until May 30th 2013

Information and pre-registration :

Call for papers for the two special sessions on network analysis

Special Session # 4: Networking the World II: Data, Practices and Visualizations

Session Organizer: Myriam Baron* (baron<at> and Laurent Beauguitte** (beauguittelaurent<at>

*CNRS UMR Géographie-cités, University Paris Diderot, France  **CNRS UMR IDEES, Rouen, France

Session Reviewers: Scientific Committee, Session Organizer(s) and external experts

Session Abstract:

During the first “Networking the world” session (Athens, 2011), three main topics were discussed: data availability at World-scale, concepts and methods commonly used, and fields of application. This special session illustrated the vitality of network researches on geography. There are still questions needing further investigations. For example, is the rising accessibility of huge datasets at world scale a real chance for reflection and analysis? Are conditions of production of these datasets transparent enough to build a solid reflection?

The aim of this second “Networking the World” special session is to deepen the reflections especially regarding database issue, geographers’ practices, and the problem of results’ visualization.

Concerning data, if they are more and more available, making them comparable at different geographical levels remains a hard task. So it is for building datasets allowing multilevel analysis.

Concerning geographers’ practices, two points could be considered: the way they use methods and concepts developed in other scientific fields (sociology, physics, etc.); interdisciplinary experiences needed to improve our geographical knowledge of phenomena studied.

Concerning the visualisation of main results, if producing attractive “maps” on a world-scale became easier and easier, reading and interpreting these “beautiful images” remains difficult.

Therefore, papers could cope with following topics:

  • Experiences on database building (comparability, multilevel analysis, etc.)
  • Geographers’ practices regarding network analysis (methods, collaboration)
  • Visualisation tools (relevance, limits for geographical analysis)

Please submit your abstract (up to a maximum of 1 page) to Myriam Baron and Laurent Beauguitte (via email to baron<at> and beauguittelaurent<at> by the 15th March 2013. Guidelines for abstract format can be found here.

Special Session # 5: Networks’ structures and dynamics in multi-scale or multi-modal approaches

Organizer: Céline Rozenblat

Session supported by the European Research group S4: Spatial Simulations for Social Sciences – SPANGEO group :

Events and major societies evolutions must take into account different complementary aspects, developing at different scales, and sometimes apparently in contradiction. The network approach can transcend scales and communities and offer different views of these processes articulations.

The multi-scale approach of complex networks, allows combining individual behavior with macro-structural evolutions. Following Schweitzer et al. (2009) « the micro approach may have emphasized agent incentives in the development of informal links within firms and may have failed to successfully predict realistic dynamic outcomes. The macro approach better accounts for the large-scale system properties, but fails in linking these to the economic motivation of individual agents » (Schweitzer et al., 2009, p.423). Simulations taking into account individual behaviors and macro- structures could help to underline how for past and present situations, a certain individual behaviors could lead to some macro-structures. Then changing individual behaviors could lead to different macro-structures that are more or less robust against external or internal perturbations or cascading effects.

The multi-modal approaches not only address the question “how individuals interact?” and “which relational networks they are forming?”, but at the same time, “how individuals interact according to the proximity of their interests?”, “what are the team formation dynamics?”, “about what they are interacting?” and “what are the values or systems of values and actions that are the issues of the creating networks?”.

The session will aim to stress different levels of methodological and conceptual approaches of the dynamics of multi-scale and/or multi-modal networks.



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