The workshop will provide both an overview of basic concepts of network theory and their application in historical and archaeological research as well as an introduction into software tools and practical network analysis.
In particular, the following themes will be covered:
- Nodes, Links and Degree. Basic concepts of quantitative network analysis
- Papyri, potsherds, people, sites, relations: theoretical consideration and examples of historical and archaeological network analysis
- From data to network model: organisation, processing and entering of relational data
- From the model to results: analysis, visualisation and interpretation of network models
All participants will receive in advance a selection of preparatory readings, a bibliography (for further research), download links for the necessary software tools and sample data sets which will be used in the practical exercises. Every participant should bring a laptop with the software and sample data pre-installed. In addition, there will also be opportunity to discuss the potential of network tools for individual research projects of the participants.
This workshop will be led by Dr. Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, a member of the Institute for Medieval Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
The workshop is intended for ancient and medieval historians and archaeologists who already have PhDs. Lunch is provided, but space is limited. Book your place