Abstract: Treating genealogical links as social networks has led to a remarkable new series of findings about social organization, structure and dynamics in human social groups and a new theory of complexity in kinship. The importance of these theoretical developments and empirical findings is illustrated for European societies, Islamic societies, South India, the Amazon, and Indonesia, and for a host of older and previously unrecognized problems in kinship studies. A simple mathematical representation provides transposable methods of analysis for extension to historical and demographic studies, Simple means of coding genealogical data and suitable software for graphic representations of kinship networks make this a generalizable approach to genealogical analysis. A controlled simulation method provides random baseline models from which statistical inferences can be drawn about the rules of behavior and decision process by which kinship networks are constructed. Endogamous cores or subgroups within populations are identified by cohesive subgroups in networks. The study of kinship structure and dynamics proves to be a fertile area of investigation that sheds light on anthropological, demographic and historical problems.
From Bertrand.Desjardins@UMontreal.ca Fri Mar 12 13:59:34 2004 Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 16:34:40 -0500 From: Bertrand Desjardins
To: email@example.com Subject: Invitation Dear Dr White, Since 1987, are held annually the "Entretiens du Centre Jacques Cartier" which host some 15 to 20 meetings covering a wide spectrum of scientific, societal or cultural themes bringing together a variety researchers, artists, politicians, etc from Europe and North America. The 17th Entretiens will be held in Quebec in October and one of the meetings of which I am one of the organizers is titled "The uses and practices of genealogy in the human, social and biological sciences". It will be held in Montreal on October 7 and 8 and will involve some 20 to 25 presentations limited to 20 minutes each to allow ample time for discussion. The meeting is going to be held in French but participants who prefer to use English for their presentation or interventions may do so. We expect to obtain the funding necessary to pay for travel and hotel of participants. On the strong recommandation of François Héran, Director of the Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED) in Paris and member of our organizing committee, I would like to invite you to participate in the meeting. We are interested in papers either dealing with the theory and practice of using genealogies for scientific research, with methods for use of genealogies or presenting research based on the use of genealogies in history, demography, anthropology or genetics. A plan for publication of some or all the papers of the meeting will be discussed in Montreal. We sincerely hope you will join us in Montreal. In any case, a quick answer would be appreciated, preferably by E-Mail. Truly yours, Bertrand Desjardins, for the organizing committee : B. Desjardins (Université de Montréal), M. Tremblay and H. Vézina (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi) A. Bideau (CNRS, Lyon), G. Brunet (Université Lyon 2), P. Darlu (INSERM, Paris) and F. Héran (INED, Paris) Bertrand Desjardins Ph.D. Chercheur agrégé Département de démographie Université de Montréal C.P. 6128, succ. centre-ville Montréal (Qc) Canada H3C 3J7 Tél.: 514-343-7613 Téléc.: 514-343-2309 Bertrand.Desjardins@Umontreal.ca