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JOURNAL of SOCIOCYBERNETICS
7th International Conference of Sociocybernetics
TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL COMPLEXITY
Murcia, Spain, 18-23 June 2007

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2nd CALL FOR PAPERS

CONFERENCE THEME: Technology and Social Complexity

Technical objects (basically, instrumental machines) are crucial in everyday life. Systematic reflection about object-producing devices relates technology not only to the context of the effective production of functionally determined correlations (i.e. technology as a teleological operator) but also to subjective action. This "de-objectivizing" of technology is rooted in philosophy (e.g. Heidegger, Ortega y Gasset) and well established in “social construction of technology” (SCOT)-approaches. It is the subject who initiates technological acts and is transformed by technological acts and, consequently, thought takes part as a technological act.
On these premises, technology presupposes technique (i.e., any systematic human action addressed to the organization and adaptive transformation of the environment) as significant human action. Technology denotes thus a second order operational coherence or, in other words, the organization of subjective order. Furthermore, technology refers to technical objects, but also - as a result of the epistemological extension of product - to social and cultural objects/processes, such as institutions, knowledge, identities, meanings, and more. In the very sense technology is about order production, we could characterize systems thinking as a sort of de-objectivized technology.
As far as it is founded on systemic premises and on the system's management of complexity, Sociocybernetics prefigures a natural conceptual and methodological space for a necessary debate on the role of technology in managing societal complexity. Technology enables the social system to cope with environmental complexity and increases its internal complexity. It also increases and diversifies the complex nature of the interdependences between society and individual actors, raising new problems also in the sphere of psychic systems (identity narratives, emotions, etc.). Simultaneously, the increasing societal complexity demands new forms of technology to be designed and implemented. In one way or another, technology is in the backstage of any relevant discussion on the contemporary nature of society, both in the side of problems (risk, control and global surveillance, bio-ethics and bio-engineering, media manipulation, ecology…) and in the side of solutions (instant communications, ubiquity, accessibility, safety, knowledge availability…).
Papers are welcome dealing with technology and complexity both in concrete aspects related to everyday life in contemporary societies as well as from a holistic point of view. Taking into account the RC51 theoretical background, the role of technology in the coupling of social and individual systems may be of special interest.
Papers with a strong sociocybernetics orientation addressing other topics (conceptual, methodological, practical) are also welcomed.


VENUE AND ACCOMMODATION:

Murcia- Spain. See map below.
Murcia city is one of the most important cities in the South-East of Spain, capital of the Murcia Region, situated half an hour by car from the Mediterranean coast, between Alicante (Valencia Region) and Almería (Andalusia).
The closest airport is San Javier Airport, which is located on the northern shore of Mar Menor, at a distance of 45 km from Murcia city (half an hour by car or by bus). It offers both flights to the principal Spanish cities and regular or charter flights to other European airports. If coming by plane, you can also use the Alicante (El Altet) Airport, some 60 km from Murcia, 45 minutes away by motorway. Murcia city may be also reached by bus and by train from most of the Spanish cities.
Conference facilities are located in the University Campus de la Merced, at the city centre. Details on hotels and lodging prices will be provided at this website in the coming days.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION:

To present a paper, membership in RC51 is preferable.
Conference fees are for:
- RC51 Non-members EURO 100
- RC51 affiliated members (non-ISA): EURO 50
- RC51 regular members in good standing (ISA and RC51): No fee
In special cases (e.g. students) exemptions can be granted upon request.
The fees can be paid on the spot or by bank transfer (in Euro and with all charges to the participant).
Bank transfer to:
Bernd R. Hornung Ref.: SOCIOCYBERNETICS
Account no. 39 72 049 02, BLZ 533 400 24
IBAN: DE55 5334 0024 0397 2049 02
SWIFT Code, BIC: COBADE FF 533
Commerzbank
Bahnhofstr. 2
D-35037 MARBURG, Germany


SESSIONS AND LANGUAGES:

The official languages of the Conference will be English and Spanish. A specific session in Spanish language will be organized for this Conference. However, in order to facilitate the review process and communication among participants, non-English presenters should include an English version of both the detailed and regular abstracts.
Final papers in Spanish should also include an English version of both title and abstract.


ABSTRACTS AND THE REVIEW PROCESS:

Abstracts for papers should be 500 to 1000 word detailed abstracts for the review process and the definitive assignment to a particular session. In addition, 250 word regular abstracts are needed for publication on our website. All abstracts should be sent to the Chair of the Abstracts Committee, Eva Buchinger <eva.buchinger@arcs.ac.at>, to Juan Miguel Aguado <jmaguado@um.es>, and to the President of RC51, Bernanrd C. Scott <b.c.e.scott@cranfield.ac.uk>. The Abstracts Committee will review the detailed abstracts and will decide about acceptance. Possibly it will suggest improvements and modifications, in particular in order to ensure compliance with the conference theme. Abstracts have to deal with one of the major subjects mentioned above and should fit well with the overall objectives of this conference.


DEADLINES:

February, 20, 2007: 500-1000 word detailed abstracts
April, 14, 2007: Notification of acceptance.
May 2nd: 250 word regular abstracts.
May, 17, 2007: Definitive registration and booking.
June, 10, 2007: Full paper.


CONTACTS AND INFORMATION:

For any further questions and information you may consult the this website. You may also directly contact any of the members of the International Organizing Committee or the chairman of the National Organizing Committee.


INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

  • Felix Geyer, Honorary President RC51 <geyer@xs4all.nl>
  • Bernd R. Hornung, Past President RC51 <hornung@med.uni-marburg.de>

  • Bernard Scott, President RC51 <B.C.E.scott@cranfield.ac.uk>
  • Chaime Marcuello, Secretary RC51 <chaime@unizar.es>
  • Eva Buchinger, Vice-President <eva.buchinger@arcs.ac.at>
  • Karl-Heinz Simon <simon@usf.uni-kassel.de>
  • Cor Van Dijkum <c.vandijkum@fss.uu.nl>
  • Barry Gibson <B.J.Gibson@sheffield.ac.uk>
  • Vessela Misheva <Vessela.Misheva@soc.uu.se>
  • Dario Menateau <dmenante@maroon.tc.umn.edu>
  • Michael Paeteau <paetau@ais.fraunhofer.de>
  • Soren Brier <sbr.lpf@cbs.dk>



NATIONAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
Juan Miguel Aguado jmaguado@um.es; Tel.: + 34 968363850; Fax: + 34 968367141

If you do not intend to join the discussion in Murcia, please forward the information to your friends and colleagues, whom you find able and interested to contribute.


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