RC51 is the research committee on sociocybernetics of the International Sociological Association.

We aim to promote the development of sociocybernetic theory and research within the social sciences. Sociocybernetics is broadly defined here as applications within the social sciences of first- and second-order cybernetics, general systems theory and the various combinations and variations of these that can be subsumed under the term “the emerging sciences of complexity”.

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Submit your Abstract for ISA World Congress of Sociology (before it’s too late)

The deadline (September 30, 2013 24:00 GMT) to submit your proposals for the 2014 ISA World Congress of Sociology is rapidly approaching:

Please note that unlike previous world conferences:
1) Only abstracts submitted on-line will be considered in the selection process (no e-mail).
2) The research committees will NOT be able to autonomously extend the deadline of September 30, 2013 24:00 GMT (since the submission is centralized and web based).
3) The abstract text cannot contain more than 300 words.

RC51 on Sociocybernetics is organizing 17 sessions on all the most intriguing and up to date topics.

This is the complete list of RC51 sessions (in alphabetical order):

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Submit your abstract now: https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2014/cfp.cgi

Journal of Sociocybernetics volume 10 is now available

We are pleased to announce that the Vol. 10 (2012) of our open access Journal of Sociocybernetics  is out.

The current issue focus on “Sustainable Development”. The first two articles attend the social dimension of the tri-dimensional approach of Sustainability (ecological, economic and social dimension). Luciano Gallón starts with his article “Poverty and Artificial Sustainability. A research on the Structure and Dynamics of South America” where he shows the process of building a theoretical and practical framework for modelling South America using the approach of Systems Dynamics.

The social dimension of Sustainable Development is also focussed in the following contribution. Darío Menanteau-Horta analyses in his article “Globalization and Distorted Development: In Search of a System Perspective for Sustainability” the topic of Sustainable Development within the controversy between those who promise prosperity and opportunities in an expanded and international world market and those who claim that globalization, as it has been carried on today, is a negative force for peace, equity, and social development.

In his Short Communication to this topic Nils O. Larsson suggests a methodology to find the most important decisions within a specific area of discussion. Focussing on the important decisions and in which settings they are taken gives an increased possibility of solving the problems in question. In this actual subject the analysis should cover decisions on all levels i.e. individual, informal and formal groupings of people, nations, group of nations as well as decisions on the global level.

In continuation of his “Introduction into Sociocybernetics”, published in the last edition of JoS, Roberto Gustavo Mancilla presents now the second part focussing the relationship between power, culture and institutions. The third part in which the question of rationality and language will be discussed follows in the next issue of the Journal of Sociocybernetics.

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RC51 Newsletter #28

The latest issue of our newsletter is now available for download.

In this issue:

  • Editor’s introduction by Patricia Almaguer‐Kalixto
  • Contents of the 12th International Conference of Sociocybernetics: (Merida, Yucatán, México) (program presented)
  • Conference highlights by Patricia Almaguer‐Kalixto
  • An Inspiring Encounter with Sociocybernetics: Experiences in the 12th Conference of Sociocybernetics of RC51 in Merida by Toru Takahashi
  • 12th Conference of Sociocybernetics of RC51 in Merida: an insightful experience by KseniaSidorova, Roxana Quiroz Carranza and Astrid Karina Rivero Pérez
  • Walter Bucley Memorial Award for Excellence in presenting Sococybernetics granted to Dr. Luciano Gallón (Colombia)
  • Management of Complex Organizations at the 12th International Conference of Sociocybernetics by Bernd R. Hornung
  • Get your paper submitted to the XVIII ISA Congress of Sociology…! by Organising committee
  • What just happened? A report of the American Society for Cybernetics Conference, 2013, University of Bolton, UK, July 30th ‐ August 1st by Bernard Scott
  • IFSR and ISA Events information
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Abstracts Booklet for 12th Conference of Sociocybernetics

We just uploaded the traditional abstract booklet for papers presented during the 12th Conference of Sociocybernetics.

Publication of selected contributions is planned as an outcome of the Conference. Two journals have offered to accept papers: the Journal of Applied Research and Technology (JART), which will publish a special issue devoted to conference papers and the RC51 official journal, Journal of Sociocybernetics (JoS) where papers with a more conceptual and theoretical contributions related to our field of study are appreciated.

In the meanwhile please don’t forget that the abstract submission for Yokohama is already open (deadline 30th September).

Abstract submission for Yokohama conference is now Open

After the conference is before the conference.

Since we are back from the highly successful 12th RC51 conference in Merida/Mexico, we would like to remind you that the abstract submission for the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama/Japan, July 13-19, 2014 is open (deadline September 30, 2013).

We invite you to send your abstracts and share your ideas & research issues with all the others.

RC51 Sessions (in alphabetical order) are:

Please check for detailed descriptions http://www.isa-sociology.org/congress2014/rc/rc.php?n=RC51 and consider the deadline for the on-line abstracts submission: September 30, 2013 24:00 GMT.

On-line abstract submission

If you have questions about any specific session, please feel free to contact the Session Organizer for more information.

We are looking forward to receive your abstracts and meet you next year in Yokohama!

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