Network Analysis Workshops

Monday 8 July 2024 - University of Lausanne

Historical objects are fertile ground for network analysis, since they often consist of complex situations in which actors, places, organisations, concepts, etc. are intertwined. With the help of internationally renowned experts, the aim of this event is to discuss in greater depth our uses of network visualisation (workshop 1) and to discover a tool developed specifically with the needs of historians in mind (workshop 2).

Anyone is welcome to take part, and there’s no need to have any previous knowledge of network analysis!

This day precedes the HNR2024 conference and takes place at the same venue (Synathlon building, University of Lausanne, see practical info). It closes with the opening plenary session, a keynote lecture by Mathieu Jacomy, to which workshop participants are of course welcome. Take a look at the full programme for these three days of historical network analysis.

Please note that workshops take place in person only.

These workshops are supported by the Atelier des Histoires of the University of Lausanne.

Workshop 1: “Visual Network Analysis” with Mathieu Jacomy

How do I read a network graph? A pioneer in network visualisation, Mathieu Jacomy is also the creator of the Gephi software, widely used in our disciplines. But this is not a Gephi workshop, rather a practical way of understanding what can be learned from these complex images.

Mathieu Jacomy, Assistant Professor at the University of Aalborg in Copenhagen (Denmark).

Workshop 2: “Historical Network Analysis with nodegoat” with Pim van Bree and Geert Kessels

Nodegoat ( is an online research environment that allows historians to work on their collections of sources or data while analysing and visualising them. Developed for the humanities, it is a platform that is particularly well suited to modelling the complex data (incomplete, geo-referenced, relational, etc.) that we are used to handling in these disciplines.

Pim van Bree and Geert Kessels, founders of Nodegoat.


To ensure that the workshops run smoothly, registration is separate from the conference registration. Those who have already registered for the conference must therefore also complete the form below. It is of course possible to attend the workshops without taking part in the conference itself afterwards.

Please note that as places are limited, your registration is final. Once the number of registrations exceeds the capacity of the in-person workshop, you will be placed on a waiting list and informed a few weeks in advance if a place becomes available. It is therefore important to keep us informed if you cancel your registration.