Call: Egocentric mini-conference

Calls for Submission,

CALL FOR PAPERS

THE CENTER FOR THE ECONOMICS AND DEMOGRAPHY OF AGING THE BERKELEY POPULATION CENTER AND UCNETS‐ THE UC BERKELEY SOCIAL NETWORKS STUDY

Invite Interested Scholars to Participate in a Mini‐Conference on Egocentric Networks, July 6‐7, 2023

Call for Papers: We seek papers on Egocentric Social Networks Research with an emphasis on aging, health, population structure or social dynamics for a special, close‐up and personal conference.

Background Egocentric networks moved into the spotlight as a result of the COVID‐19 pandemic, as personal supportive networks became a key element of how people coped, or did not, with the effects of shutdown and social distancing. Beyond that, networks are important for many aspects of health, leisure, spirituality and civic action, among others. This mini‐conference, limited to 20 participants, will provide a venue to present current research, get feedback and ideas, and hear about others’ current work. Earlystage career scholars and those from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Research will be presented in a conference on July 6‐7, 2023, at the UC Berkeley campus, (after the Sunbelt Conference in Portland, OR). There are limited funds for travel and lodging for speakers. The first day of the event will be a conference featuring the research presentations, and the second will also include roundtables on research topics and challenges to researchers

Research paper extended abstracts will be judged for contribution to theory and substantive topic, and commitment to presenting a solid research result for the conference. Proposals should be about 4 pages long, and propose a research topic, background and theory, hypotheses, operationalization, and method. Please include full contact information of all authors. The deadline for proposals is March 1, 2023. Please submit your application to https://forms.gle/AHyTumCFZ4MB5vEM8. Address any questions to Dr. Leora Lawton, llawton@berkeley.edu. Decisions will be announced by March 15.

Tentative Program agenda

July 6, 2023 ‐ Thursday:

Research presentations, Networking time, Keynote address

July 7, 2023, Friday (9 AM ‐ 1:30 PM):

Research presentations, followed by structured breakout groups for researchers to share experience and seek discussions regarding subjects such as: analyzing longitudinal panel data; measurements of networks; substantive topics, such as political or religious networks, networks of specific subpopulations, as determined by researcher preferences.