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11th International Conference of Sociocybernetics

The 2012 edition of the traditional international RC51 meeting of Sociocybernetics will be held from 2nd to 6th of July at the Algarve University in Faro (Portugal).

The conference will be dedicated to “Complexity and Social Action: Interaction and Multiple Systems”.

Excerpt from the call for paper.

“Recent events throughout the globe have put into perspective the need for new theory settings, new approaches and new insights into the current social dynamics that many consider on a verge of rupture. Financial crises, social uprisings, forced governmental collapses, and increasing inequalities within several spheres of the social world are some of the events that necessarily put collective and individual social action into new perspectives.


From the variety of subjects relevant in this respect, the next RC51 2012 Conference in Faro, will emphasize the following:

1. Decision Making and Action: Decision making is a highly complex embodied process resulting from the concerted action of a diverse set of interconnected systems that allow for the development of social action under the uncertainty that the future holds. Under this theme, we intend to explore the complexity of the intra-systemic and inter-systemic pathways framing decision-making and subsequent social action.

2. Violence: Violence is an interconnected system, socially and culturally produced and reproduced, and therefore embedded in individuals, institutions and states. The production of violence is a phenomenon with deep interconnections between the social, cultural, biological, emotional and symbolic systems. The discussion between the articulation of the individual system (composed of responses/actions/reactions/interactions), and the social and cultural system which provide the actor with the symbolic, and many times, unconscious tolls of actions and interactions, is crucial to advance the production of knowledge in this area.

3. Social Movements: The new social movements, now emerging in many countries, with different levels of economic development, combine a variety of new dimensions that exceed previously sociologically knowledge. The sociological analysis of these movements’ actions requires, primarily, an intersystem approach of the complexity of all its dimensions, and secondly, two other dimensions of the social actors’ selves: the relationship between themselves and the relationship that each social actor wants to have with old and new groups, organizations and institutions.

Papers are welcomed which address these issues. Beyond that other papers addressing conceptual and theoretical issues in sociocybernetics or reporting relevant empirical findings are also welcomed.”

Please keep in mind the following deadlines:

15th of January 2012: 500-600 word abstracts
1 March: Notification of acceptance
15 May 2011: Definitive registration
1 June 2011: Submission of full papers

15 March 2012: 500‐600 word abstracts
31 March 2012: Notification of acceptance
15 May 2012: Definitive registration
1 June 2012: Submission of full papers

And don’t forget to read the full call for papers before submitting your abstract.

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