Second ISA Forum of Sociology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1-4 August 2012

Research Committee on
Sociocybernetics, RC51

  on-line programme

Programme Coordinator

Héctor ZAMORANO, Argentina,

RC51 Liaison in Argentina
Joaquín Zajac, Universidad de Buenos Aires,


All Forum participants (presenters, chairs, discussants, etc.) need to pay the early registration fee by April 10, 2012, in order to be included in the programme. If not registered, their names will not appear in the Programme or Abstracts Book.


provisional as of March 15, 2012, in alphabetical order


Modern sociological systems theory in social practice (A): Applications to societal problems


Modern sociological systems theory in social practice. Part II


Observing, measuring and reconstructing emergent meaning


RC51 Business meeting


Society, ciberculture and sociocybernetics, and sociology on the move

Presentation of two publications issued recently by RC51>
The first book concerns the interaction of three conceptual components that guide the work of Labcomplex in Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in México City.
The second book is a set of texts thematically organized, that emerged from RC51 meeting at the ISA World Congress of Sociology in Gothenburg 2010.
Both texts will help to understand how Sociocybernetics is a perspective that enriches the social analysis.


Sociocybernetic approach to democratization processes


Sociocybernetic principles: Technology, ecology and globalization

Sociocybernetics as research field results from the reciprocal influencing of cybernetics and the social sciences over decades. Whereas the cybernetic dimension is linked to names such as N. Wiener, W. R. Ashby, C. E. Shannon, W. Weaver and H. v. Foerster, the social science response was given by scientists such as M. Mead, G. Bateson, G. Pask, R. Merton and N. Luhmann.

RC51 “Sociocybernetics” is committed to these predecessors, but aims beyond that at the further development of sociocybernetic principles such as: The development of these (and further) sociocybernetic principles in our community emphasizes either theoretical or practical aspects (or both of them).

For this session, abstracts for papers are welcome which cover (i) theoretical and epistemological issues by clarifying terms & concepts and their interpretation-change over the time and/or (ii) the practical application of sociocybernetic principles concerning e.g. technology (technological development & innovation, impact of technologies), ecology (climate change, biodiversity etc.), or globalization (democratization & governance, inclusion & exclusion, civil society & NGOs & intergovernmental organizations INGOs etc.).


Systemic perspective to think knowledge and cultural management development. Part I


Systemic Perspective to think knowledge and cultural management development. Part II


Systemic perspective to think knowledge and cultural management development. Part III


The challenge of Sociocybernetics for Cultural and Political Knowing




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