CfP: Organized Session: Qualitative Structural Analysis (QSA) during Sunbelt Conference, June 2 – June 7, 2020 (Paris)

Dear all,

we would like to draw your attention on our call for papers for a session on

Qualitative Structural Analysis (QSA) at next Sunbelt Conference, June 2 – June 7, 2020 in Paris.

Description:  Qualitative Social Network Analysis (QSNA) is a rapidly growing field of expertise. In this field, Qualitative Structural Analysis (QSA) is a distinct research approach for qualitative inquiry with a structural focus on social networks. QSA is based on procedures from qualitative research (sequential analysis, sensitizing concepts, theory building) and integrates these procedures with concepts from formal network analysis. QSA is thus a combination of the analytical perspective of structural analysis and analytical standards taken from qualitative inquiry. QSA is applied in a variety of fields (education, social work, organizations studies) and on different data (interviews, network maps, ethnographic notes). The versatile character of QSA makes it neccessary to reflect on its current and future application.

We invite presentations which reflect the application of QSA. Amongst others, we invite presentations on the following topics:

  • Which research questions are studied via QSA?
  • How are theoretical accounts from qualitative inquiry and network analysis integrated in QSA?
  • Which phenomena are studied via QSA?
  • How are processes of data analysis performed for different kinds of data material?
  • Which qualitative network data are analysed via QSA and how?
  • What are specific potentials of QSA for SNA and qualitative inquiry?

Submission Details:  Please submit your abstract (not exceeding 500 words) for an oral presentation. Deadline: January 31, 2020 (23.59 hrs. CET time)

Submission link:

When submitting your abstract, select the Organized Session title Qualitative Structural Analysis” from the list of session titles.

We look forward to your submissions!

Luisa Peters, Andreas Herz, Inga Truschkat (Universität Hildesheim) (Session co-organizers)

CfP: Qualitative Perspectives in Social Network Analysis (EUSN 2019)

CfP: Qualitative Perspectives in Social Network Analysis

4th European Conference on Social Networks, 2019 (Zurich)

– Deadline for submissions is April 12, 2019 –


Dear all,

we kindly invite you to submit an abstract to the session “Qualitative Perspectives in Social Network Analysis” at the 4th European Conference on Social Networks EUSN 2019, September 9-12 in Zurich, Switzerland.


Qualitative approaches in Social Network Analysis (SNA) are a rapidly growing field of expertise. A variety of methodological traditions and theories inspire this research, including conversation analysis, ethnography, small story research, field theory, social world theory and interactionism. In empirical studies diverse qualitative methods are applied and different kinds of data are taken as qualitative data material including interviews, observations and visualizations. Fundamental to the qualitative approaches is a close entanglement of theory and method in the sense of a methodical holism. Their internal coherence is essential since theoretical assumptions orient methods and vice versa. In this session we want to engage in a discussion on how different traditions and schools of thought orient qualitative research on social networks. We invite participants to present their empirical approaches and to discuss how they integrate theory, methodology and method in their research.

Contributions may tackle questions such as the following:

  • How do qualitative methodical procedures relate to methodological and theoretical positions and how can they be integrated for analyzing social networks?
  • What do the various strands of qualitative research offer for the analysis of social networks?
  • What are the comparative (dis-)advantages of different qualitative perspectives (such as narrative inquiry or ethnography) for analyzing social networks?
  • How do we integrate qualitative research strategies with perspectives taken from (quantitative) structural analysis and how can this be done in a theoretically and methodologically consistent manner?
  • What are historic examples of qualitative network analysis?

Submission Details:

Abstracts for 20-minute paper presentations with up to 500 words can be submitted here:

When submitting your abstract, select the Organized Session title Qualitative Perspectives in Social Network Analysis” from the list of session titles.

Looking forward to your contributions!

Session co-organizers

Luisa Peters, Andreas Herz, Inga Truschkat (Universität Hildesheim) Stefan Bernhard (IAB Nürnberg)

Workshop: “Einführung in die Qualitative Strukturale Analyse” 18./19.3.2019 (2 Tage), Universität Hildesheim



Einführung in die Qualitative Strukturale Analyse

18./19.3.2019 (2 Tage), Universität Hildesheim

DozentInnen: Andreas Herz, Luisa Peters, Inga Truschkat

Organisation: Mareike Kock


Die Qualitative Strukturale Analyse (kurz: QSA) bildet einen eigenständigen Forschungszugang innerhalb der qualitativen Netzwerkforschung, der theoretische Netzwerkkonzepte in einen qualitativen Forschungsansatz übersetzt. QSA stellt eine Kombination aus der analytischen Perspektive der strukturalen Analyse mit analytischen Standards der qualitativen Sozialforschung dar.

Im Workshop werden den TeilnehmerInnen methodologische und theoretische Grundlagen der QSA vermittelt und Fragen der methodischen Umsetzung der QSA diskutiert. Der Workshop sieht ebenfalls ein aktives Einüben der QSA anhand von empirischen Projekten der TeilnehmerInnen vor. Die TeilnehmerInnen erhalten somit die Möglichkeit, eigene Forschungsdaten in begleitete/moderierte Interpretationssitzungen einzubringen.


Veranstaltungsort:         Institut für Sozial- und Organisationspädagogik | Universität Hildesheim

Datum:                                Montag, 18.03.2019: 10-18 Uhr und Dienstag, 19.03.2109: 9-16 Uhr

Kosten:                                               75 Euro


Die TeilnehmerInnenzahl ist auf 25 Personen begrenzt.


Anmeldung bitte bis zum 15.02.2019 unter über folgende E-Mail-Adresse:


Falls Sie eigene Forschungsdaten in den Workshop einbringen möchten, teilen Sie uns bitte im Rahmen eines kurzen Abstracts (max. 150 Wörter) die zentrale Forschungsfrage und die Datenbasis Ihres Projektes (Interviewtranskription, Netzwerkkarte, Beobachtungsprotokoll etc.) mit.

Fahrt- und Übernachtungskosten müssen selbst getragen werden. Hinweise auf Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten in Hildesheim werden wir rechtzeitig zur Verfügung stellen.


Call for papers to a Special Issue “Qualitative Approaches in Social Network Analysis”

Call for papers to a Special Issue “Qualitative Approaches in Social Network Analysis” in  Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research (FQS).

Find the full call here and below:  

“Qualitative Approaches in Social Network Analysis”

Special Issue in Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research (FQS)

Stefan Bernhard (IAB Nuremberg), Andreas Herz (University of Hildesheim), Luisa Peters (University of Hildesheim), Inga Truschkat (University of Hildesheim) (Guest Editors)

1. Focus of the Special Issue

Social network analysis (SNA) is one of the most promising and flourishing strands of research in social sciences. A variety of methodological traditions and theories have enabled this research to evolve, including conversation analysis, ethnography, small story research, field theory, social world theory and interactionism. Researchers apply a diversity of qualitative methods in empirical studies, which rely on different kinds of qualitative data collection including interviews, observations, and visualizations. While SNA is a research program that has advanced by applying and revisiting (quantitative) methods, in recent years the reflection, explicit elaboration and discussion of qualitative approaches has gained traction in social research literature.

In this FQS Special Issue on “Qualitative Approaches in Social Network Analysis”, we engage with the rapidly growing field of expertise on qualitative methods in SNA. In particular, we are interested in stimulating and progressing the discussion in this field between “classical” SNA-approaches on the one hand and qualitative approaches (methodology, heuristic, method, etc.) on the other. Furthermore, we would like to systematize current approaches in the field of qualitative methods in SNA and offer different solutions for methodical and methodological challenges.

We invite contributions from all kinds of research traditions, theories and disciplines, which may address but are not restricted to one or more of the following topics:

1.1 Data collection

To date, the discussion on ​​qualitative methods in SNA primarily concerns questions regarding the collection of qualitative network data and particularly how network maps are incorporated with qualitative interviews. The use of other qualitative data collection methods, such as observation, group discussion, document analysis, etc. has attracted by contrast, much less attention. Moreover, there is little systematic discussion on how the epistemological implications of qualitative methods can be combined with SNA research interests or on how qualitative methods are conceptually compatible with SNA research questions. We invite contributions from researchers in which questions of qualitative network data collection are addressed from a methodological perspective.

1.2 Data analysis

The question of data analysis is far less prominent in methodical and methodological debates than that of data collection. While current research practice appears to utilise general procedures such as content analysis or grounded theory, little is known about how qualitative network data analysis procedures. At the same time, analytic solutions and methodical innovations often develop “along the way” and within empirical research studies. In this Special Issue we would like to give room to the practice of working with qualitative network data. We particularly invite contributions which offer insight into the compatibility of qualitative methods and SNA-style research and how epistemological and methodological issues are resolved. Additionally, we invite contributions in which applications of established methods to qualitative SNA, or that detail methodical innovations are presented.

1.3 Qualitative methodology in social network analysis

Qualitative research ideally integrates epistemology, theory, methodology and analysis in a consistent manner (i.e. methodological holism). Against this backdrop, qualitative network analysis faces the question of its theoretical foundation. Theoretical premises permeate the research process from the research question to research design to techniques and methods of analysis. Thus, using or combining of network analytical perspectives with methods of collecting and analysing qualitative network data not only raises issues of research practice but also has theoretical implications. To date, the theoretical foundation of qualitative network research has been discussed in terms of relational approaches, qualitative approaches, or combining/integrating theoretical references. In the light of that, we call for contributions in which the implications of methodological holism for qualitative SNA are explored and resolved.

1.4 Reflexivity and research practice

Finally, SNA based on a qualitative perspective provokes reflexivity in different ways. One issue is to address the discussion on standards of qualitative research. What lessons can be drawn from the debate on quality criteria for qualitative social network analysis? Again, we think that this is important but largely undiscovered terrain of qualitative methods in SNA. Furthermore, qualitative network research addressing questions of reflexivity, also needs to reconcile issues of ethical standards, the role and function of participatory research elements, teaching, data security and the possibilities of the secondary use of data.

2. Timeline

–          September 30, 2018: Deadline for abstracts

–          October 15, 2018: Decisions with invitation for handing in a manuscript

–          May 31, 2019: Deadline for article submission (first draft)

–          June 2019: Review Workshop (peer review among authors)

–          September 1, 2019: Deadline article submission (second draft)

–          September, October 2019: minor revisions (if necessary)

–          Until November 1, 2019: Delivery of all articles (final draft) to the guest editors

–          March 2020: Publication of the Special Issue

3. Submission of Abstracts

Articles may be written in German or English language. Abstracts and contributions, should follow the FQS guidelines for authors ( Each submitted abstract should be between 400 and 500 words in length. The abstract needs to present a rationale for the proposed article that is grounded in background literature before outlining the main discussion points. In addition, authors need to submit a short biography of no more than 200 words, corresponding author contact details including their e-mail address.

Inquiries and proposals should be sent to all guest editors via e-mail until September 30, 2018:

Stefan Bernhard (IAB Nuremberg):

Andreas Herz (University of Hildesheim):

Luisa Peters (University of Hildesheim):

Inga Truschkat (University of Hildesheim):