POLNET+ May 24 and 25, 2019

Network Models of Culture and Discourse

This year´s summer school on advanced social network analysis will be dedicated to network models of culture and discourse. The nexus between words and networks offers new possibilities to understand the impact of culture and language use in social networks and vice versa. Scholars use a variety of different approaches, qualitative content based (e.g. QSA qualitative structural analysis, content analysis), quantitative analysis (e.g. automated content analysis, text mining), or a combination of both (e.g. DNA discourse network analysis).

In this advanced seminar, we introduce some of these methods in lectures combined with hands-on-tutorials. Network models of culture and discourse from a sociological as well as a political science perspec-tive will be the focus of the upcoming summer school Polnet Plus, which will be organized by Boris Holzer (Department of Sociology) and Volker Schneider (Department of Politics and Public Admin-istration) at the University of Konstanz at May 24 and 25, 2019.

Various sessions will introduce the participants into the topic of the collection and analysis of net-work models of culture and discourse. The summer school includes a keynote speech by Prof. Alexander Mehler from the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, where he is a professor for Computational Humanities / Text Technology and heads the Text Technology Lab as part of the Institute of Informatics.  

In addition, we offer a pre-summer school refresher Network Analysis with R, starting from Wednesday (May 22) until Friday (May 24) morning (see timetable) for newcomers and partici-pants without basic knowledge in R and Social Network Analysis.


Pre-Summer School Refresher
Wednesday (May 22) until Thursday (May 23) 

Petr Ocelík & Lukáš Lehotský offer a Complementary Pre-Summer School Refresher for newcomers and participants without basic knowledge in R and Social Network Analysis.

Location: Library of the University of Konstanz, Room: J 213

Wednesday, May 22 Thursday, May 23

Introduction to R
Petr Ocelík & Lukáš Lehotský

13.30 – 15.00
Introduction to SNA & types of networks
Petr Ocelík & Lukáš Lehotský

Indexing objects
Petr Ocelík & Lukáš Lehotský

15.15 - 16.45
Node level measures & network level measures
Petr Ocelík & Lukáš Lehotský

Data import and export & visualizing network outputs
Petr Ocelík & Lukáš Lehotský

17.00- 18.30
Dyadic level, triadic census, cohesive subgroups
Petr Ocelík & Lukáš Lehotský

Polnet+ Summer School
Network Models of Culture and Discourse

Friday, May 24, 9:30 - 18:30 and Saturday, May 25, 9:00 - 14:00, 

Bischofsvilla, location outside the University of Konstanz campus in the city, Otto-Adam-Str. 5, 78467 Konstanz

Friday (May 24)Saturday (May 25)
Volker Schneider & Boris Holzer
Applications of DNA
Felix Bossner und Adrian Rinscheid
10.00 – 11.30
Culture and Networks
Boris Holzer & Achim Edelmann

Automated content analysis
Petr Ocelík & Lukáš Lehotský

11.45 – 13.15
Ideational Networks in Policy-Making
Volker Schneider & Ines Imbert
Short lunch break

Tutorial for cloud-based capture and analysis of Twitter network data with TCAT
Introduction to installing Twitter Analysis and Capture Toolset on an (free) AWS server and first steps
to analyze Twitter data. Presentation of exemplary data and
application scenarios
[voluntary additional workshop]
Felix Bossner

Discourse Network Analysis
Melanie Nagel & Keiichi Satoh
15.30- 17.00 
Analyzing Event Networks
Jürgen Lerner
Keynote „ Linguistic Networks in Digital and Computational Humanities“ 
by Prof. Alexander Mehler