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1 | MORAL COMMUNICATION

Observed with Social Systems Theory
Duration
15 Sep 2020 - 18 Sep 2020
Language
English
Status
REGULAR - Blended
Conference directors:
Klaus Brønd Laursen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Steffen Roth, La Rochelle Business School, France
Krešimir Žažar, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Gorm Harste, Aarhus University, Denmark
Markus Heidingsfelder, Xiamen University, China
Gorm Harste, Aarhus University, Denmark
Conference description:

The conference committee invites contributions on the significance of moral communication in Niklas Luhmann’s social systems theory. As readers familiar with his work will recognise, Luhmann’s approach to morality is characterised by a profound moral scepticism and a certain neglect of moral communication not only as an occasional topic, but also as a distinct form of communication. As contemporary society is continuously producing moral communication, however, social systems theory is bound to adequately deal with this phenomenon if its claim to a universal theory is to be maintained. We therefore welcome contributions from scholars with an interest in moral communication at all levels of society.


The conference series has always been characterised by fruitful interactions of scholars with diverse paradigmatic and empirical backgrounds in disciplinary fields as different as political science, aesthetics, sociology, theology, history, economics, health, psychology, ecology, education, and organization studies.

 

Social systems theory is empirically open to new semantics, different codes, and multiple levels of analysis. Presentations could therefore focus, for example, on how the medium of morality emerges from situations of double contingency and/or in everyday communication; how the moral code of good/bad informs decision-making; how complexity is reduced and increased by morally coded communication; the paradoxes that emerge and unfold in conjunction with moral coding; the relationship between moral coding and computer coding (#computerethics #ethicsofartificialintelligence); the relation between ethics and morality; etc.

 

The conference invites presentations of both conceptual work and empirical studies. Contributions are welcome that either build on the work of Niklas Luhmann or compare or combine social system theory with other theories, thus further developing systems theory by including thoughts from other traditions (e.g. Foucault, Bourdieu, Deleuze, discourse analysis, critical theory, critical management studies, posthumanism, etc).

 

Abstracts of 400–800 words should be sent to the corresponding convenors* by June 15, 2020. Full papers should be circulated prior to the conference.

 

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Video Lectures 2020:

 

Leon Conrad – Roots, Shoots, Fruits: The direct influence of J M Robertson’s work on George Spencer-Brown’s work and its indirect influence on Niklas Luhmann’s work

 

Krešimir Žažar – Fighting the Virus, ‘Hunting the Witches’ – Moralizing within the Public Discourses during the Corona Pandemic in Croatia

 

 Lars Clausen - A Moral Cross?

 

Presentations 2020:

 

Steffen Roth – The Great Reset. Restratification for lives, livelihoods and the planet

Ilaria Riccioni, Luca Diotallevi – Radical Modernity and its Casualties. Are art and religion going to end up “missing in action”?

Jan Winczorek – Moral communication and legal uncertainty in small and medium enterprises

Krešimir Žažar – Fighting the Virus, ‘Hunting the Witches’ – Moralizing within the Public Discourses during the Corona Pandemic in Croatia

 

Papers 2020:

 

Leon Conrad – Roots, Shoots, Fruits: The direct influence of J M Robertson’s work on George Spencer-Brown’s work and its indirect influence on Niklas Luhmann’s work

Gorm Harste – Law and Morality – The Luhmann/ Habermas controversy and its aftermath

Emer Hunt – The problem with values: identifying the values within the observation of problems

Jacob A. Miller, Matthew R. Sanderson – Reading in sociological evolutionary theory and Peters’ communication’s chasm to Niklas Luhmann’s (1989) Ecological Communication to examine mainstream environmentalism’s moral codes

Jörg Räwel – An allergy of society. Concerning the question of how a social "lockdown" has become possible

Jesper Tække – Systems theoretical observations of the media panic debate

Nicholas Weaver – Escalating complexity and fragmentation of mental health services: the influence of recovery as a form of moral communication

Ayumi Higuchi – On the symmetry of moral codes

Margit Neisig – The fragile system-environment relation, moral or ethical heuristics, higher order autopoiesis and sophisticated digital tools: May nature, digital and social systems couple in a circular economy? – Blind spots, paradoxes and deparadoxation

Conference lecturers:
Steffen Roth, La Rochelle Business School, France
Krešimir Žažar, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Lars Clausen, University of Flensburg, Germany
Jörg Räwel, Independent Researcher, Zurich, Switzerland
Klaus Brønd Laursen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Markus Heidingsfelder, Xiamen University, China
Jesper Taekke, Aarhus University, Denmark
Leon Conrad, Independent Researcher, London, United Kingdom
Emer Hunt, University College Dublin, Ireland
Margit Neisig, Roskilde University, Denmark
Ilaria Riccioni, Free University of Bolzano, Italy
Nicholas Weaver, University of Cardiff, United Kingdom
Jan Winczorek, University of Warsaw, Poland
Benjamin Grossmann-Hensel, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Ayumi Higuchi, Fukuoka University, Japan
Kurt Rachlitz, ISF München, Germany


Attached documents
Luhmann_Conference-2020-Program-FINAL-14_09_2020.pdf
Gorm Harste - Law and Morality – The Luhmann Habermas controversy and its aftermath (paper).pdf
Leon Konrad - Roots, Shoots, Fruits (paper).pdf
Emer Hunt - The problem with values - identifying the values within the observation of problems (paper).pdf
Miller & Sanderson – Reading in sociological evolutionary theory and Peters’ communication’s chasm to Niklas Luhmann’s (1989) Ecological Communication to examine mainstream environmentalism’s moral codes.pdf
Jorg Raewel_An allergy of society. Concerning the question of how a social lockdown has become possible (paper).pdf
Jesper Tække_Systems theoretical observations of the media panic debate (paper).pdf
Kresimir Zazar_Fighting the Virus, Hunting the Witches – Moralizing within the Public (presentation).pdf
Nicholas Weaver – Escalating complexity and fragmentation of mental health services - the influence of recovery as a form of moral communication (paper).pdf
Steffen Roth – The Great Reset. Restratification for lives, livelihoods and the planet (presentation).pdf
Ilaria Riccioni & Luca Diotallevi - Radical Modernity and its Casualties. Are art and religion going to end up missing in action (presentation).pdf
Ayumi Higuchi_On the symmetry of moral codes (paper).pdf
Jan Winczorek_Moral communication and legal uncertainty in small and medium (presentation).pdf
Margit Neisig - The fragile system-environment relation, moral or ethical heuristics, higher order autopoiesis and sophisticated digital tools (paper).pdf