Le GDR a financé deux participants au Second colloque européen d’analyse de réseaux sociaux (Paris, 14-17 juin). Vous trouverez ci-dessous le compte-rendu rédigé par Olivier Marcel, géographe originaire de Brest. Il est également téléchargeable au format .pdf.
A state of the graph at the Second European Conference on Social Networks (Paris)
« Egos » and « alters », « centrality » and « homophily », “ERGMs” and “R packages”: the EUSN 2016, Second European Conference on Social Networks, was a gathering of social and computer scientists fluent in the rich lexicon of Social Network Analysis (SNA). Hosted in the Science Po Paris premises, the 4 day meeting was focused not on a region, a period, or a phenomenon, but rather on a cluster of methods forming a self-avowed “new paradigm” for social sciences. As challenging as it is to identify a common thread to such a broad event (15 workshops, 32 panels and 2 keynotes), the clearest denominator of the conference’s content was probably the fertile notion of “tie”, that is also at the very core of network theory. How to measure and visualize the ties between individuals, what meaning and affordance can they provide, and more fundamentally what generates and sustains them? This conference, among a series of other similar events blossoming in European academia and particularly in France, is additional testimony to the topicality of SNA.