Medieval SNA

Social Network Analysis Researchers of the Middle Ages (SNARMA)

Leeds, 29 Mar. 2019

An Introduction to Historical Social Network Analysis

29 March, 2019. 12:30 – 17.00.

Baines Wing 3.06, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

Organised by Prof Emilia Jamroziak (Leeds) and Dr Matthew Hammond (KCL)

It seems like social networks are everywhere these days. Quite apart from Facebook and Twitter, the burgeoning field of social network analysis (SNA) is being taken up in fields as diverse as public health, business and politics. The study of the medieval past is no exception. While medievalists have been aware of the importance of social relationships and networks for years, engagement with the theoretical concepts of SNA and the use of quantitative network data and graphs is a relatively new development in our discipline. This workshop assumes no prior knowledge of social network analysis. The workshop will consist of three hour-long sessions: 1) an introduction to the concepts and methods of Social Network Analysis, 2) an exploration of the ways SNA has been applied in diverse ways to medieval history, and 3) a look at some of the SNA software and a chance to discuss whether SNA is a useful approach for your own research.


Dr Cornell Jackson (University of Leeds). Dr Jackson has a PhD in Social Network Analysis (University of Greenwich) and has worked on wide-ranging research projects at Edinburgh, King’s College London, and Leeds, and has applied these techniques to medieval history, microfinance, modern industry and health care.

Dr Matthew Hammond (King’s College London) is a medieval historian, prosopographer and digital humanist who is interested in using network analysis techniques to better understand medieval societies. Some of his SNA work can be found at

Ms Esther Lewis is completing her PhD at the University of Nottingham on Popular Piety in Pre-Reformation Bristol, 1400-1500. Esther organized a successful day-conference in June 2018 at the Institute of Historical Research called ‘Negotiating Networks’.

For any question concerning the content of the workshop please contact Dr Matthew Hammond at

Sponsored by University of Leeds Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS) and Social Network Analysis Researchers of the Middle Ages (SNARMA)


With support of King’s College London and AHRC-funded project Community of the Realm in Scotland, 1249-1424: history, law and charters (

Session 1 powerpoint

Medieval Historians Social Network Analysis Presentation

Sessions 2 and 3 powerpoint

SNA Leeds Workshop

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