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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We’re happy to be in Urbino where the RC51 on Sociocybernetics is meeting again as an academic, research, practitioner and friendship community.

Please find all the information: ProgramTimetablePresenters, Urbino information, etc. on the Conference Webpage.

Welcome to Urbino!


The General Program of the 15th International Conference of Sociocybernetics
“Dark Ages 2.0”: Social Media And Their Impact –, to be held in Urbino from June 25 to June 29, is now available at de Conference Webpage.

Stay tuned for the Detailed Program and Abstracts Booklet to be published next weeks.

Looking forward to seeing you in Urbino!

Call for Sessions: IV ISA Forum of Sociology

Complexity and systemic thinking, at the core of sociocybernetics, are topical in terms of the challenges of the 21st century stated for the IV ISA Forum of Sociology in Porto Alegre, Brazil July 14 – 18, 2020. Democracy, Environment, Inequalities and Intersectionality, the challenges listed by ISA meet us all in their various manifestations locally and globally.

The Research committee 51 on Sociocybernetics is committed to interdisciplinary collaboration. As a result, the activities of RC51 aim to firm, decisive and fruitful openness in developing practical and theoretical insight for matters that matter. We invite you to make an impact by proposing a session that will attract active and proactive researchers from different backgrounds and disciplines involved in tackling urgent issues.

You can make a proposal for IV ISA Forum of Sociology session in English, French or Spanish in the following categories:

  • Paper presentation sessions
  • Roundtable session
  • Poster session
  • Joint session

Other formats such as hands-on workshops, artistic interventions, performative lectures, hybrid interdisciplinary research presentations are welcome.

More information of the IV ISA Forum of Sociology and the call for sessions:

Program Coordinators
Raija Koskinen, Martina Raponi and Patricia Almaguer-Kalixto


Our Newsletter editors Toru TAKAHASHI (Japan) & Andrew MITCHELL (UK-Japan) had made available the latest issue of our beloved RC51 Newsletter. Download it here.

NEW BOARD 2018-2022

According to our statutes, following the call for candidates and afterwards the mail-ballot among our members, the RC51 has elected new Board for 2018-2022.

The Elections Committee (Eva Buchinger, Bernd Hornung and Chaime Marcuello Servós) received the nomination of candidates for the positions of President, Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer as follows:

President          : Patricia E. Almaguer Kalixto (SPAIN)
Vice-President  : Raija Koskinen (FINLAND)
Secretary          : Manuel Meza Cuervo (MEXICO)
Treasurer          : Saburo Akahori (JAPAN)

The Elections Committee confirm that all are members in good standing and willing to serve in the Board. After the electoral process, the new Board was approved with 25 votes in favour, all of members in good standing (i.e. paid fees) both of the ISA and the RC51 by the 20th of November, due date to vote.

Congratulations to the new Board and thank you to all the members of the previous Board with special thank you to our past president Chaime Marcuello Servós.

We must continue working as RC51, now is the time to support our new president and her team.