Theory Workshop November 2009
Aim: Thories of networks in Archaeology and Computing
Date: Week of 9.-15- November 2009, 2 days: Friday/Saturday?
Format: invite 8 key people for a lecture; pre-circulate papers/abstracts for discussion
Themes and issues
Multi-scalar networks - how do we investigate them? Comparability of networks at different scales - can we link together activity at different scales? Non-scalar networks?
How do we identify agency in networks? How do we transcend the problem of precessualism and being mechanistic when identifying the operation of networks? Dynamism: how can we identify a network without it becoming static?
Cultural encounters and changing habits
How does such contact and exchange alter behaviours, making a permanent impact on the habits of those engaged in such encounters, and thus on the trajectory of wider cultural developments? Engendering desire? Fashions, trends, materiality and identities?
1st day morning: 2 x sociology/management people
1st day afternoon: 2 x mathematics/computing/social networking people
2nd day morning: 2 x Mediterranean archaeologist
2nd day afternoon: 2 x Archaeologists woring in different regions
Somebody explaining social networking sites like facebook, etc. - yes, yes!! (LF)
School of Management, Leicester Steve Conway
Interested in nature and role of social and organisation networks in innovation, technology diffusion, entrepreneurship, and knowledge creation and sharing, as well as the graphical representation of such networks. More recently his research has also looked at the formation and flow of narrative and rhetoric through networks. Informal organisation and social/informal networks (in and around organisations) - including their graphical representation.
The intersections between the body, identity, sexuality, consumption, culture and processes of organizing, as articulated in work on topics such as sexual harassment, sex work, women’s experiences of embodiment within and outwith the workplace, fast food, organizational projects of the self, relationships at work and representations of organizations in popular culture.
Her current research interests centre on alternative organizations and economies and include: rural economies and sustainable development, alternative forms of exchange and markets, co-operative and communal organizational structures, and critical pedagogy.
Research interests turn around the relationships between (human) agency, technology and performance, particularly the ways in which such relationships can be understood through post-structural approaches to organisation. These concerns are reflected in a continuing focus upon the use of information technologies and strategic models in organisations and he is currently pursuing these themes through investigation of the regulation and conduct of financial and commodity derivatives trading.
Jon Keating (Mathematics, Bristol) - he invented the 'netwoeks' theme for Leverhulme
Irad Malkin - Tel Aviv University - has a book out on netwok theory and classical antiquity
Søren Sindbæk - University of York; works on Viking Networks
Tim Evans - Imperial College London; models networks in the Med: http://184.108.40.206/~time/networks/arch/index.html
Networks workshop in Dublin: http://www.tcd.ie/Classics/cnagw/programme.php
Shawn Graham - University of Manitoba, includes a very nice NetLogo based simulation using an agent based generalisation of the ideas of Rihll and Wilson. http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~grahams/
Leif Isaksen - Oxford Archaeology; has done a Network Analysis of Transport Vectors in Roman Baetica.