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CFP | Luhmann Conference 2023 | Environments. Observed with social systems theory

  • 1.  CFP | Luhmann Conference 2023 | Environments. Observed with social systems theory

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    Call for papers to the Luhmann Conference 2023 on "Environments. Observed with social systems theory"

    Venue: Inter-University Centre (IUC), Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Address: Don Frana Bulicá 4, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Dates: 12-15 September 2023

    Pre-conference dinner: 11 September 2023

    Theme

    Commonly associated with nature or ecology, the concept of environment is foundational to social systems theory. A "system is the difference between system and environment" (Luhmann, 2006), and we define as autopoietic those systems capable of maintaining the boundary between themselves and their environment. This definition applies not only to living, but also to psychic and social systems, with each of the manifold systems creating its own environment. In social systems theory, there is hence no such thing as the environment, if by this generalised environment we understand an all-encompassing ecosystem of which all living (and perhaps other autopoietic) systems are elements. Rather, there is an ineluctable plurality of environments, for there are at least as many environments as there are systems. This realisation also implies that environment may not be confused with nature, that is, the environmental concept of natural sciences and hence of only one branch of the broader function system of science, which itself is only one of the many social systems each operating (in) its own environment (Roth and Valentinov, 2020). Moreover, the proliferation of information and communications technology has expanded the concept in terms of new media or virtual environments (Taekke, 2017).

    The environmentally pluralistic perspective of social systems theory, however, is in sharp contrast to the swelling sematic reservoir (Andersen, 2010; Neisig, 2021) of what Luhmann (1989) referred to as "ecological communication". The core ideas here imply that the environment in fact is nature, which is death-threated by prevailing modes of human production and reproduction. Human economies and other social systems, therefore, require a major make-over …

    Read the full CFP here: https://wp.me/pvO07-1J7  

    Selected papers submitted to the Luhmann Conference 2023 will be invited for submission to a dedicated special issue of Systems Research and Behavioral Science [SSCI 1.750, Scopus, CABS**].

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    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Steffen Roth

    Full Professor of Management, Excelia Business School La Rochelle, France
    Full Professor of Social Sciences, Kazimieras Simonavicius University, Lithuania
    Visiting Professor of Management and Organization, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany
    URL: http://derroth.com
    ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8502-601X
    Twitter: derrothdotcom

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