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Seminar: Social Network Analysis in Practice. Lessons from 17th Century England

Seminar: Social Network Analysis in Practice. Lessons from 17th Century England

How can network analysis be applied in social research? Aske Brock presents his research on company directors influence on the formation of the English political economy in the 17th century.


24.04.2019 kl. 12.30 - 14.00


The network analysis is an exploratory method that has seen increasing use and popularity in the social sciences in recent years. The method allows for visual exploration of relationships between actors, organizations, companies, countries and so on (described as nodes in the network analysis terminology).
The method thus emphasizes how influence or power is derived from the position a thing has in a network and can for example be used to examine power structures, historical and organizational developments exploratively by plotting the individual nodes and their connections on a graph.

At this seminar Aske Brock (post. doc. In history at AAU) will present his ph.d. research where he made use of network analysis to examine the influence of company directors on the development of the English political economy during the seventeenth century. Using data consisting of individuals who were directors in one of several key companies during this era (East India Company, Bank of England etc.), he examined how the relationships between these corporate spheres developed and how they influenced the formation of the English political economy.

The presentation will focus on methodological aspects and what insights the network analysis helped obtain.

After the presentation there will be time for questions and discussion of the research and the use of the method. A short presentation of the network analysis tool Gephi can be provided for those interested.

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CALDISS - Fibigerstræde 5, lokale 37, 9220 Aalborg Ø


April 24th from 12:30PM to 2:00PM


Post. doc. Aske Brock