Networks: History Behind Our Backs (Evolutionary Learning and Globalization Policies as Competitive Network-Building 1300-2010)

The last visitor as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Networks that iCeNSA is sponsoring is Douglas R. White, Professor of Anthropology and Mathematical Behavioral Science at the University of California, Irvine. As a social anthropologist Doug's work includes mathematical modeling and network analysis and simulation. His fields of study include political, economic and social networks, ethno-historical sociology, comparative and long-term ethnographic studies, global political history, and the role of cohesive marriage and kinship networks in larger socio-political systems. He teaches at the University of California, Irvine, in Anthropology and the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, where he chairs the faculty in Social Dynamics and Complexity. Doug is also a complexity sciences external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute, Editor-in-Chief of the UC Structure and Dynamics eJournal and Editor and Sysop of the InterSciWiki in complexity and network sciences.

This is a do not miss visit! Doug is one of the most important social network scholars and his work is both very broad and deep.

Doug will be giving two talks, a general audience talk and a colloquium co-sponsored by iCeNSA and anthropology. If you would like to visit more with Doug while he is here please contact David Hachen who is putting together his schedule.

Afternoon Talk
"Networks: History Behind Our Backs (Evolutionary Learning and Globalization Policies as Competitive Network-Building 1300-2010)"
Thursday, March 25, 2010
4 p.m.
McKenna Hall, Room 100-114.
Abstract: This paper aims at sharpening the network analyses of historical processes in Eurasia and Africa in the last millennium. I examine the regular increments of policy-driven “evolutionary learning” of states in developing the technologies for attempts at economic and political domination and the effects that competition and warfare have on the growth and network structure of trade routes. Models of network properties are used to show effects of and/or consequences for: (1) mercantile betweenness versus financial flow centralities, (2) national government control of trade versus periods of malfeasance and corruption, (3) policies protecting domestic manufacture versus elitewealth, (4) periods of price equilibrium versus collapse in the global economy, (5) the the emergence of Kondratieff and shorter business cycles, (6) the mobility of nations in the postwar global economy and (7) issues of war and peace, private and government armies.

Noon Colloquium
"Beyond small world and scale-free to generalized entropic networks (the social circles model)"

Thursday, March 25, 2010
12 p.m.
Coffee Shop, Geddes Hall
Lunch provided

For more information on the Lecture Series and Doug’s visit to Notre Dame go to or

David S. Hachen Jr.
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, 810 Flanner Hall (Office: 747 Flanner)
Co-Director, iCeNSA (Inter-Disciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications), 384 Nieuwland Hall
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556