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‘Morphogenic Society’ as a potential new social formation?

In January 2013, the Center for Social Ontology held its annual workshop with the theme ‘Morphogenic Society’ as a potential new social formation?. The papers presented have been published as Late Modernity: Trajectories Towards Morphogenic Society. The program of papers was as follows:

‘Morphogenic Society’ as a potential new social formation?
16th-18th January 2013

Wednesday 16th January: Papers

Margaret Archer: The Generative Mechanisms Re-configuring Late modernity

Douglas Porpora: What are the forms of change and stability in today’s world and what are the mechanisms?

Colin Wight: Morphogenesis and other mechanisms of qualitative change in international relations

Thursday 17th January: Papers

Andrea Maccarini: Social Change and social qualities in a ‘Morophenic Society’: Symbols, Forms of Life and Individuality

Ismael Al-Amoudi: Morphogenesis and Normativity: problems the former creates for the latter

Emmanuel Lazega: Dynamics of multilevel networks in the organizational society: ‘Morphogenesis Unbound’ from a neo-structural perspective

Thursday 18th January

Wolfgang Hofkirchner: The validity of describing ‘Morphogenic Society’ as a system and justifiability of thinking about it as a social formation

Kate Forbes-Pitt: ‘Relations between relations’: different or similar in the Natural and Social orders?

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From Modernity to Morphogenesis

From Modernity to Morphogenesis was the CSO’s first annual invited workshop. The workshop was headed by Margaret Archer and the papers were published as Social Morphogenesis.

The workshop attendees were (in order of presentations):

Andrea Maccarini

Andrea Maccarini:
Network Dynamics and the regulatory process: a neo-structural approach to morphogenesis

Immanuel Lazéga

Emmanuel Lazéga:
Regularity and Emergence: two frontiers in the morphogenetic approach

Pierpaolo DonatiPierpaolo Donati:
Relations of Authority, obligations and roles

Ismael Al-Amoudi

Ismael Al-Amoudi:
The Morphogenesis of Social Networks: relational steering beyond positive and negative feedbacks

Wolfgang HofkirchnerWolfgang Hofkirchner:
Self-organizing as the mechanism of development and evolution in social systems

Kate Forbes-Pitt

Kate Forbes-Pitt:
Emergence: relating emergents and morphogenesis

Tony LawsonTony Lawson:
Emergence, Downward Causation and Causal Reduction

Doug Porpora

Doug Porpora:
Social Change as Morphogenesis

Colin WightColin Wight:
Morphogenesis, Continuity and Change in the International Political System

Workshop attendees