ISA - International Sociological Association
RESEARCH COMMITTEE 51 ON SOCIOCYBERNETICS
Honorary Presidents: Walter Buckley, USA; Felix Geyer, Netherlands
International Scientific Coordinator:
Vessela Misheva
University of Uppsala, Sweden
Fax:46 18 471 1170
E-mail: Vessela.Misheva@soc.uu.se
President RC51:
Bernd R. Hornung
University of Marburg, Germany
Fax: 49 6421-286-6572
E-mail: hornung@med.uni-arburg.de
National Coordinator:
Philippos Nikolopoulos
University of Crete
Fax: 30 210 729 1710
E-mail: nikolop@groovy.gr
nikolop@phl.uoc.gr

4th International Conference of Sociocybernetics
SOCIOCYBERNETICS - THE FUTURE OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
- Society from Ancient Greece to Cyberspace and Beyond -

Corfu, Greece, June 30-July 5, 2003


This conference has been organized by the
Research Committee on Sociocybernetics (RC51) of the
International Sociological Association.

The assistance of the Municipality of Corfu and the Kerkyra Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with the sponsorship of Anek Lines is hereby gratefully acknowledged.



CONFERENCE THEME:

Within the framework of this conference two major objectives are to be dealt with. The first part will concentrate on identifying and specifying the principles of sociocybernetics including their empirical foundations. This will encompass the perspectives of First Order Cybernetics in the tradition of General System Theory, non-Luhmannian Second Order Cybernetics as developed, e.g., by Heinz von Foerster and in the Cognitive Sciences, and the perspective of Luhmann´s autopoietic theory of social systems. The papers presented in this part are expected to serve as a basis for ample discussion leading to the specification of the outlines of an introductory text on the question “What is sociocybernetics?” and are expected to be revised as parts of such a text after the conference.

The second part of the conference will turn towards the applications of such principles to the analysis of social history and development, in particular in the multicultural arena of the Mediterranean and Greece, hopefully with a particular look at Corfu. Of special interest are empirical and applied research and analyses of the interplay of social and cultural aspects in long-term development and the lessons which can be learned for community development in a local context like Corfu under the conditions of globalization, information society, and tourism as an expression of unlimited global mobility. Also welcome in this part, however, are papers showing sociocybernetics applied to other problems and geographical areas.


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