Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

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7 | Methodologies Of Systemic Theory - Empirical Research And Form Analysis

02 Apr 2007 - 06 Apr 2007
Conference directors :
Barry Gibson , University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Roar Hagen , UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Gorm Harste , Aarhus University, Denmark
Michael King , Brunel University, United Kingdom
Davor Rodin , University of Zagreb, Croatia
Conference description:
The conference builds on a network of sholars in systemic analysis, some of which have followed conferences on systemic analysies in Dubrovnik in the 1980ies.
The system theory of Niklas Luhmann has a tremendous impact on social studies. Luhmanns Grand Theory got its final form with his principal work Die Gesellschaft der Gesellschaft 1 2 in 1997. Although Luhmanns general theory is very abstract, his way of analysing are used more and more in empirical studies. What is often seen as normal and natural objects are observed as improbable and new questions can be posed.
The questions of the conference might be: Which forms do codes have if they are subject to semantic change, and how do codes get resistant forms? Analyses of semantics, of forms, of codes, of systems of differentiations, of structural couplings between different subsystems will be discussed. All kinds of matters from pedagogic, art and religion to law, politics and international conflicts are subjects for systemic studies.
The conference will continue this ongoing work and gather an open-ended network of scholars who work with methodological clarifications as well as empirical studies. Call for papers will be made as soon as possible

Monday 2.4.: 9 13:

Observing autopoiesis in war, politics and law

9.00 9.15: Welcome: Information, announcements, program

9.15 10.15: Klaus Dammann: (Bielefeld; WAR of ANNIHILATION or WARFARE and ANNIHILATION in TIMES of WAR ? Researching a distinction in semantics and social structure

10.30 11.30: Gorm Harste (Aarhus,
Military Revolutions, Organizational Revolutionsand other Revolutions How to observe the Emergence of Self-Reference in Systems

11.45 12.45: Niels kerstrm (Copenhagen Partnership as promises about promises

16.30 18.30:
Willis Santiago Guerra Filho (Rio de Janeiro/So Paulo []): On new features of Law as an autopoietic social system
Davor Rodin (Zagreb; ): "Demokratie ohne Volksherrshaft -auf das Buch Die Politik der Gesellschaft.

Tuesday 3.4.: 9 13:

Observing moral communication: Chair: Tina Keiding

9.00 10.00: Sverre Moe (Stavanger; Moral communication. Notes on the logic of political terror.

10.30 11.30: Diana Laflamme (Montral ; ) Moral coding and programming as evolutionary achievements

11.45 12.45: Anne Henkel (Witten/Herdecke; The Form of the Drug

17.00 18.00:
Ralf Rogowski (Warwick, How to theorise a 'new' social system in Luhmann's world society? Thoughts on industrial relations


Wednesday 4.4.: 9 - 13

Information and medium: Chair: Barry Gibson [

9.00 10.00: Bernd R. Hornung (Giessen and Marburg; Luhmann and beyond - Information Theoretical and Sociocybernetic Challenges

10.30. 11.30: Franz Kasper Krnig (Flensburg; "Metaphorical code-modulation. Towards a theory of sidecodes".

11.45 12.45.Olga Boiko (Sheffiled: Meaning and Form in Dental Interactions

Afternoon: excursions to the mountain (1 hours), to the island (3-5 hours, depending on weather)

17.35 18.35: Bjrn Schiermer Andersen (Copenhagen.; Die Mode als Medium


Thursday 5.4.: 9 - 13

Observing community and ethnicity: (Chair: Sverre Moe)

9.00 10.00: Jochen Kleinschmidt, (Mnchen, The evolution of space as a political form

10.30 11.30: Jan Inge Jnhill (rebro; Every One is also the Other
On Cognitive and Normative Distinctions as to Ethnicity

11.45 12.45: Heike Graf (Sdertrn Sweden; Journalistische Produktion und ethnische Diversitt: Journalisten mit Migrationshintergrund in Schweden und Deutschland

17.00 18:
Morten Knudsen, (Copenhagen; Deparadoxization as Structural Coupling Between Organisations and Function Systems


Friday 6.4.: 9 - 13

Observing communication (Chair: Niels kerstrm Andersen, Copenhagen, CBS,

9.00 10.00: Michael Paetau (Birlinghoven, Niklas Luhmann and the Cybernetics

10.30 11.30: Tina Keiding: (Aalborg) "Simple, complex and hyper-complex understanding enhanced sensitivity in observation of information

11.45 12.45: Werner Schirmer, (Gvle/Sweden; E-mail:; Dimitris Michailakis, (Gvle/Sweden, E-mail: Communicative Priority. A comparison between medical communication and threat communication

17.00 18: