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PasserelleSHS – Network analysis in humaties and social sciences


PasserelleSHS is an annual digital journal in open access which deals with the question of interdisciplinarity in human and social sciences. The journal is intended to publish papers that enter upon the issues and methods of interdisciplinarity. It aims to open a space of collective thinking on this topic, that has become a key component in the academic and scientific overview of the current research. Thus, opportunity is given to researches to question their own approaches to consider interdisciplinarity as a conscious, developed, assumed and mastered process. PasserelleSHS contributes to renew and enhance exchanges between our respective research areas, and attempts to promote the rise of a real culture of interdisciplinarity in the hunanities and social sciences field.

In 2020, the journal’s first edition is dedicated to network analysis. The concept and methodology of network analysis was developed during the 20th century, at the crossing of anthropology, social psychology and sociology of organizations, and in itself, opens the door to pluridisciplinary approaches. Its use has now expanded to an increasing number of disciplines (literature, linguistics, economy, history, psychology, geography, urban planning etc.), and induces transfers and borrowings between disciplinary fields. Indeed, network analysis is enable to understand circulation of informations, goods and services, within technical and infrastructural networks ; but is also useful to describe social networks as well, which refers to individual interactions, perceptions and representations. Furthermore, network analysis is enriched while it is used to question the circulation of words, ideas or references between languages and books.

The current call for papers is adressed to all the researches in SHS who use network analysis in their works. Published papers must question network analysis’ meaning, issues and added value within their process or their discipline. Authors are invited to explain the borrowings and transfers, they used, but also to discuss on how their ownership of network analysis appear as a source of innovation and/or enrichment.

These different questions may result to theoretical and/or methodological contributions. The idea is to question, on this specific topic, the practical aspect of interdisciplinarity in the research process. For what reasons and what needs interdisciplinarity can be used ? When does this matter occur in the research process ? And how does it lead (or not) to redefine the object of study ? And what are the limits ? What forms does the interdisciplinarity aspect take in practice ? and for what adaptations ? From a practical point of view, how can you be trained to another discipline ? What tools and references can be use ? And what services can be provided ? And finally, how are interdisciplinary works receive and perceive ? For what audience and purposes considered ? Authors may present the originality of their approach, their methodology, and emphasise the role of network analysis in methods and results. They may connect their work to a global reflection on the issues of using network analysis.

Propositions of papers may enter in the following focal areas :

-definition of nodes and links

-issues relating to define the analysis process (complete networks, self-centered analysis, hybridization etc.)

-issues of results, of relationship data measures and flows.

-issues of networks’ restitution and representations

Proposals will be selected upon their scientific relevance, originality and connection with the pluridisciplinary approach of the journal. Completed results are not required, therefore that the current research present a specific thinking upon the issues of using network analysis. Specific attention will be paid to young searchers proposals.


Procedures for submission


Two different types of submission may be accepted :

-articles (between 30,000 and 50,000 characters including spaces), present the methodological process used, and matters about the issue topic.

-methodological notes (between 5,000 and 6,000 characters including spaces), are intended to promote transfers between disciplines. These research notes present original tools and methods.

For each proposal, an abstract is required – 200 words for a research note ; 300 words for an article. It will be sent as a text file (.doc, .docx ou .rtf) named : « ABSTRACT_SURNAME ». In the abstract, the following items are required :

-authors’ names



-academic institution and laboratory

-email adress

-paper’s title

-5 key words


 Deadline for submissions : September 14, 2020.

Abstracts in French/English must be submitted before 14/09/2020 to  After selection, papers and methodological notes must be submitted before 31/12/2020. 


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Scientific Comity :

Laurent BEAUGUITTE –  Geography Researcher, UMR Géographie-cités

Estelle BERTRAND - Lecturer in Roman History, University of Le Mans

Emmanuel BIOTEAU - Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of Angers

Sébastien CAILLAULT – Lecturer in Geography, Université of Angers

Marie CARTIER - University Professor of Sociology, University of Nantes

Samuel CORGNE - University Professor in Geography, University of Rennes 2

Marie-Madeleine DE CEVINS - University Professor of Medieval History, University of Rennes 2

Fabien ELOIRE – Lecturer in Sociology, University of Lille

Antoine GRANDCLEMENT – Lecturer in Geography, University of Aix-Marseille

Claude GRASLAND – University Professor of Geography, University of Paris-Diderot

Stanislas JEANNESSON - University Professor of Contemporary History, University of Nantes

Françoise LE BORGNE-UGUEN - University Professor of Sociology, University of Brest

Claire LEMERCIER – Research supervisor in History, Center for Sociology of Organizations

Marion MAISONOBE – Geography Researcher, UMR Géographie-cités

Patrice MARCILLOUX - University Professor of Archiving, University of Angers

Silvia MARZAGALLI – University Professor of Modern History, University of Côte d'Azur

Philip MILBURN - University Professor of Sociology, University of Rennes 2

Anne PERRIN KHELISSA – Lecturer in History of Art, University of Toulouse II

François PLOUX - University Professor of Contemporary History, University of Bretagne Sud

Frédéric PUGNIERE-SAAVEDRA - Lecturer in Language Sciences, University of Bretagne Sud

Émilie ROFFIDAL – Historian of Art Researcher, UMR FRAMESPA

Pierre TESSIER - Senior Lecturer in History of Science and Technology, University of Nantes

Moïse TSAYEM-DEMAZE - Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of Le Mans

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