ISA - International Sociological Association
RESEARCH COMMITTEE 51 ON SOCIOCYBERNETICS
Honorary Presidents: Walter Buckley, USA; Felix Geyer, Netherlands
President RC51:
Bernd R. Hornung
University of Marburg, Germany
Fax: +49-6421-286-6572
E-mail
: hornung@med.uni-marburg.de
International Coordinator:
Richard E. Lee
SUNY - Binghamton, USA
Fax: +1-607-777-4315
E-mail:
rlee@binghamton.edu
National Coordinator:
Mario Vieira de Carvalho
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Fax: +351-21-3715643
E-mail:
mvc@unl.pt
mvc@mail.telepac.pt


5th International Conference of Sociocybernetics
SOCIAL KNOWLEDGE FOR THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

Lisbon, Portugal, July 26-31, 2004
CONFERENCE PROGRAM:



Sunday July 25, 2004

    20:30 - Dinner at "Fado at Bairo Alto" in the ancient Lisbon quarter Bairro Alto (30 EUR)

Monday July 26, 2004

    09:30 - 11:00 Opening Ceremony
    11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

      Morning Session: Modern Societies, Cultures, and Global Tendencies
      Chair: Bernd Hornung (Faculty of Medicine, University of Marburg, Germany)

    11:30 - 12:15 Carlos Fortuna (Department of Sociology, University of Coimbra, Portugal):
    The New Urban World: New Conceptualizations and Emerging Paradigms.

    12:15 -13:00 —CANCELLED—Andrés Gómez Seguel (Centre for The Study of Collective Identity. University of the Basque Country, Spain):
    The Management of Cultural Diversity: The Symbolic Operator of Cultural Complexity.

    13:00 - 14:30 Lunch

      Afternoon Session: Modern Societies, Cultures, and Global Tendencies (Continued)
      Chair: Bernard Scott (Electronically-Enhanced Learning, Cranfield University, Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, England)

    14:30 - 15:15 José Amozurrutia and Jorge González (Laboratorio de Desarrollo e Investigación en Comunicación Compleja, Programa de Sistemas Complejos del Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencias y Humanidades Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México):
    Cybercultur@ and Intercultural Processes: A Systemic Approach for Modeling Migration Pulses.

    15:15 - 16:00 Pavel Luksha (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia):
    Social Strategy Shift: Avoiding Globalization Threats.

    16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break

    16:30 - 17:15 Michael Paetau (University Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Literature and Languages, Department of Communication Studies, Essen, Germany):
    Information Technology and The Long-Term Memory of Society.

    17:15 - 18:00 Chaime Marcuello Servós ( Dpto. Sociología Escuela Univ. Estudios Sociales, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain):
    Beyond the Social Capital in the Audit Society: Social Capital as Social Knowledge.


Tuesday July 27, 2004


      Morning Session: Methodological Issues of Social Research
      Chair: Vessela Misheva (Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden).

    09:00 - 09:45 Barry Gibson, Jane Gregory, Peter G. Robinson (Medical Sociology, School of Clinical Dentistry, Claremont Crescent, Sheffield, England):
    The Intersection Between Systems Theory and Grounded Theory: The Emergence of The Grounded Systems Observer.

    09:45 - 10:30 Jacques Van Bockstaele, Maria Van Bockstaele (Centre de socianalyse, France) and Martine Godard-Plasman (Association d’analyse praxéologique et cognitive (CAP), France):
    Epistemological Perspective on the Relation of Dominance Intrinsic to the Function of Observation in Sociology.

    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

    11:00 - 11:45 Karl-Heinz Simon (University of Kassel, Center for Environmental Systems Research, Kassel, Germany):
    Luhmann Trivialized? Problems in Adopting Complex Theory Offerings.

    11:45 - 12:30 Arne Collen (Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, San Francisco, CA, USA):
    Two Conceptual Sociocybernetic Systems That Inform Research Process in Human Inquiry.

    12:30 - 14:30 Lunch

      Afternoon Session: The System of Mass Media and Social Transformation
      Session Organizers: Juan Miguel Aguado (Dpto. Información y Documentación, Universidad de Murcia, Spain), Vessela Misheva (Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden)
      Chair: Soeren Brier (Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark)


    14:30 - 15:15 Rudi Laermans (Department of Sociology, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium):
    Media, Morality and Contemporary World Society: A Critical Appraisal of Niklas Luhmann’s Systems Theoretical View.

    15:15 - 16:00 Juan Miguel Aguado (Dpto. Información y Documentación, Universidad de Murcia, Spain):
    Mass Media, Spectacle and Modernity: From Meta-Experiential Narratives to Artificial Input Environments.

    16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break

    16:30- 17:15 Vessela Misheva (Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden):
    The Social Function of the System of The Mass Media.

    17:15 - 18:00 Fernando Contreras (Dpto. Periodisimo I Facultad de Comunicación, University of Sevilla):
    Cybernetics, Communication and Contingency: On the Responsibility of Communication for the Sustainability of Life.


    20:00
    RC51 Board Meeting




Wednesday July 28, 2004

      Morning Session: The System of Mass Media and Social Transformation (Continued)
      Chair: Juan Miguel Aguado (Dpto. Información y Documentación, Universidad de Murcia, Spain)


    09:00 -09:45 Giulia Caramaschi (Advanced Communication Research Laboratory, Faculty of Sociology, University of Urbino, Italy):
    Observing The Digital Divide: Technological Communication and the Semantics of World-Society.

    09:45 - 10:30 Jesper Taekke (Department of Digital Aesthetics and Communication, IT University Copenhagen, Denmark):
    Usenet Newsgroups as Mediated Communication Systems.

    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

    11:00 - 11:45 Ricardo Vizcaíno-Laogra (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid, Spain):
    The Internet: A One-Way Exchange?

    11:45 - 12:30 Emilio Nogales (Universidad Nacional de Educatión a Distancia, Spain):
    The Mass Media System and The Comprehensive Knowledge of the Mass.

    12:30 - 14:30 Lunch

      Afternoon Session: The System of Mass Media and Social Transformation (Continued)
      Chair: Karl-Heinz Simon (University of Kassel, Center for Environmental Systems Research, Kassel, Germany)


    14:30 - 15:15 Mário Vieira de Carvalho (Faculdade de Ci_ncias Sociais Humanas, Centro de Estudos de Sociologia e Estética Musical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal):
    ‘Empathy’ as a Modern Pattern of Communication and its Origins in the Theory of Art from the 18th Century: A Sociocybernetic Approach.

    15:15 - 16:00 Ugo Corte (Department of Sociology, University of Urbino, Italy and Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden):
    White Power Music and Extreme Right Politics.

    16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break

    16:30 - 17:45 Soeren Brier (Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark):
    Ficta: The New Scientific Novel.

    17:15 - 18:00 Carlos Lozano Ascencio and José Luis Piñuel Raigada (Madrid, Spain):
    The Importance of The Study of The Representation of Catastrophes in Popular Scientific Publications.



Thursday July 29, 2004

      Morning Session: Sociocybernetics and Emotions
      Session Organizer: Bernd Hornung (Faculty of Medicine, Marburg University, Germany)
      Chair: Felix Geyer (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

    09:00 - 09:45 Paul Stenner (Department of Psychology, University College London, England):
    Is Autopoietic Systems Theory Alexithymic? Luhmann and the Socio-Psychology of Emotions.

    09:45 - 10:30
    —CANCELLED— Christian von Scheve (Institute of Sociology, University of Hamburg, Germany):
    Emotion as a Mechanism of Reducing Social Complexity.

    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

    11:00 - 11:45 Katharina Scherke (Department of Sociology, University of Graz, Austria):
    A Short History of the ‘Sociology of Emotions’ in the 20th Century.

    11:45 -12:30 Bernd Hornung (Faculty of Medicine, Marburg University, Germany):
    Happiness and The Pursuit of Happiness.

    12:30 - 14:30 Lunch

      Afternoon Session: Sociocybernetics and Emotions
      Chair: Bernd Hornung (Faculty of Medicine, Marburg University, Germany)


    14:30 - 15:15 Manuel Lisboa and Sofia Amândio (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, CESEM & SociNova, Lisbon, Portugal):
    Emotional Reflexivity? The Symbolic System in Social Bonds.

    15:15 - 16:00 Adrian Guzman (Dipartamento di Psicologia, Universitá di Roma ‘La Sapienza,’Roma, Italy):
    Psychotechnologies: Responsive Technologies for Mind and Society, Extensional Environments and Topology of Signs.

    16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break

    16:30 - 17:15 Dario Menanteau-Horta (Center for Rural Sociology, University of Minnesota, USA):
    Toward a Systems Approach to Human Emotions and Social Action.

    17:15 - 18:00 Ihar Miklashevich (Department of Theoretical Mechanics, Belarus National Technic University, Minsk, Belarus):
    Some Problems By The Mathematization of Sociocybernetics.



Friday July 30, 2004


      Morning Session: New Approaches to Learning and Knowledge Organization
      Chair: Arne Collen (Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, San Francisco, CA, USA)

    9:00 - 9:45 Bernard Scott (Electronically-Enhanced Learning, Cranfield University, Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, England):
    How can E-Learning Developments Contribute To Ensuring A Secure And Sustainable Future For All?

    9:45 - 10:30 Eva Buchinger (ARC Seibersdorf research, Division Systems Research, Seibersdorf, Austria):
    Knowledge, Networks and the Governance of Autonomous Organizational Systems.

    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

    11:00 - 11:45 Francisco Parra Luna (Catedrático de Sociología de la Empresa en la Univ. Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
    Axiological Systems Theory and Efficiency: An Empirical Application to University Departments.

    11:45 - 12:30 Cor van Dijkum (Department of Methodology and Statistics, Faculty of Social Science, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
    The Challenge of the Past for the Future of the Social Sciences.

    12:30 -14:00 Lunch

      Afternoon session: Complexity and Systems Modeling
      Chair: Bernard Scott (Electronically-Enhanced Learning, Cranfield University, Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, England)


    14:30 - 15:15 Filipe Borges and Daniéle Bourcier (CERSA, University of Paris, France):
    Dynamic Models and Social Systems - An Application of Artificial Neutral Networks to the Judge’s Decision Making Process.

    15:15 - 16:00 Matjaz Mulej (University of Maribor, Faculty of Economics and Business, SI-2000 Maribor, Slovenia) , Tatiana Mlakar (Office of Social Medical Insurance of Slovenia, Unit Krsko, Slovenia), Vojko Potocan (Management, Organization, and Systems Theory, University of Maribor, Faculty of Economics and Business, Maribor, Slovenia) and Robert G. Dyck (Urban Affairs and Planning. Virginia Tech, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Blackburg, VA, USA):
    Synergy of the Living Systems and the Dialectical Systems Theories in Medical Care as a Social System.

    16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break

    16:30 - 17:15 Craciela Barchini, Margarita Alvarez and Luciana Artayer (Universidad Nacional de Santiago del Estero, Santiago del Estero, Argentina):
    A Conceptual Model For Ontologies Development.

    17:15 - 18:00 Héctor Zamorano (Faculdad de Ciencias Económicas y Estadística, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina):
    Simulation Models: A Way to Bridge The Gap Between The Concepts and the Real Effects of Globalization.


    20:00 RC51 Business Meeting - RC51


Saturday July 31, 2004

    9:00 - 9:45 Arun Kumar Chatterjee (Sociological Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India)
    The Sociological Significance of Personal Connections for Development

    9:45 - 10:30 Closing Session

    11:00 Excursion - Tagus Cruise (12 EUR)



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