Historical Network Research

Here is an overview of work I did in the emerging field of Historical Network Research.



Articles (peer-reviewed)






Conference Papers (Selection)

Helping Behaviour in Interdisciplinary Perspective. Help for persecuted Jews during the Second World War at “The ‚Good German‘ in Literature and Culture”, October 2009 in London.
Illegal Support Networks for Persecuted Jews during the Third Reich: Relational patterns and Network structures at “Networking the Past: Historical Network Analysis, Eugenics and Biopolitics in the 20thCentury”, April 2010 in Vienna.

Historical method vs. Network analysis. The case of Franz Kaufmann’s support network [Vergleich historischer Ansatz vs. Netzwerkansatz am Beispiel des Hilfsnetzwerkes um Franz Kaufmann] at the Second Workshop Historische Netzwerkforschung, May 2010 in Essen.

The relevance of pre-existing and newly built social ties between refugees and their helpers [Die Bedeutung von bestehenden und neu geschaffenen sozialen Beziehungen für das Überleben von Verfolgten und deren Helfern] at „Helfer, Retter und Netzwerker des Widerstands. 3. Internationale Konferenzzur Holocaustforschung, sponsored by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education, January 2011 in Berlin.

Social network analysis for historians: Potential and challenges of Historical Network Research [Soziale Netzwerkanalyse für Historiker: Potenziale und Herausforderungen der Historischen Netzwerkforschung] at “Networks of Paupers and Debtors: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Forms of Monetary Dependence in the Modern Period”, February 2011 at the German Historical Institute London.

Presentation: Keynote: Historical Network Research – Social Network Analysis for Historians [Historische Netzwerkforschung – Soziale Netzwerkanalyse für Historiker] at „Kooperationen und Netzwerke inbildungshistorischer Perspektive“. Jahrestagung der Sektion Historische Bildungsforschung in der DGfE, September 2011 in Basel.

Fragmentary network analysis: Coding, visualising and quantifying relational data under extreme conditions [Fragmentarische Netzwerkanalyse: Codierung, Visualisierung und Quantifizierung von relationalen Daten unter erschwerten Bedingungen] at „6. Workshop Historische Netzwerkforschung / ASNA 2011“, September 2011 in Zurich.

Presentation: (Abstract) Illegal support networks for persecuted Jews during the ‚Third Reich‘ – Data gathering and the visual representation of activities, relational patterns and network structures at Nedihma infoviz Workshop/Digital Humanities Conference, July 2012 in Hamburg



Historical Network Research, a platform for scholars to present their work, enable collaboration and provide those new to network analysis with some helpful first information. Includes an extensive bibliography, a newsletter, videos, links to conferences, documentation of the workshop series „Historische Netzwerkforschung / Historical Network Research and other resources.


Workshop Series

Together with Ulrich Eumann, Linda von Keyserlingk and Martin Stark I established this workshop series which brings scholars in the field together. Over the last years these efforts succeeded and resulted in a steadily growing international network. After now six workshops we look forward to develop the concept further while still maintaining its hands-on pragmatic feel.


Workshops and Panels

“Historische Netzwerkforschung” (Historical Network Research) in May 2009 at Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen

“Netzwerkanalyse in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften” (Network Analysis in the Humanities and Social Sciences) at the University of Trier together with Martin Stark and Christian Nitschke in 2009 and 2010.

Panel „Historical Network Research“ at the XXXIII Sunbelt Social Networks Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), 21-26 May 2013, Hamburg, Germany