The sixth annual Centre for Social Ontology workshop took place from the 3rd to 6th January 2017 in central London. The papers will be published as the first in a new volume of books, with full details to be confirmed soon.
Maggie Archer: Bodies, Persons and Transhumans: Why do these Distinctions Matter?
Doug Porpora: Vulcans, Klingdoms, and Humans: What does Humanism Encompass?
Phil Gorski: The Meta-ethics of Transhumanism. Does the ethics of human flourishing provide sufficient leverage to critique radical Transhumanism?
John Latsis: Needs, Wants and the ethics of human enhancement
Pierpaolo Donati: Transcending the Human: Why, Where and How?
Emmanuel Lazega: Transhumanist Interventions: A formula for a divided social order?
Mark Carrigan: The Evisceration of the Human in the Digital Social Sciences
Colin Wight: Death, Dreams and Destruction: the illusions of Posthumanist Warfare.
Jamie Morgan: A.I. and the failure adequately to define the Human
Ismael Al-Amoudi: Dehumanisation and organisation studies
Wolfgang Hofkirchner: Imagined Futures gone astray; An ontological analysis
Following on from a succesful event this time last year, we’re organising another reflexivity forum. We potentially have one more speaking slot available but we’re still keen for others to come along for the discussion. Here’s the programme for the day:
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to register – please do so ASAP though as we’ll be placing the catering order soon.
10am-5pm, May 24th 2016
R1.04, University of Warwick
Following from a successful initial meeting last year, this event will be the first of a hopefully ongoing series of events aimed at those investigating human reflexivity through empirical research. The ‘internal conversation’ was developed by Margaret Archer as a solution to the problem of structure and agency: a mediatory mechanism that accounts for how society’s objective features influence its members to reproduce or transform society through their actions. Since initially discussed in Being Human, this account of human reflexivity has been developed through a trilogy of books reporting on empirical studies into the distinct modes through which reflexivity operates. This body of work has been used in projects across a range of disciplines and been the topic of much theoretical and methodological debate.
The event is free but registration is essential. If you would like to speak at the event, presenting a work in progress, please register by March 31st with a title and 100 word abstract. If you would like to attend then please register by April 30th.
To register contact email@example.com
June 21st, 10am to 5pm
The University of Warwick
This one day workshop is intended for those currently using or planning to use the morphogenetic approach in their research. In the first half of the workshop, Margaret Archer will give an overview of the morphogenetic approach and its development, as well as address conceptual and methodological questions that participants might have. In the second half of the workshop, there will be plenty of time to present work-in-progress or planned projects, get feedback and discuss with others who are doing similar work.
If you’d like to participate then please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief biography and description of your project.
The fifth annual Centre for Social Ontology workshop took place from the 5th to 8th January 2016 at Sciences Po in Paris. The papers will be published as the fifth and final volume of the Social Morphogenesis series.
Tuesday 5th January: Eudaimonia and the Good Society
Phil Gorski – Human Flourishing and Human Morphogenesis
Doug Porpora – Some Reservations about Flourishing
Maggie Archer – Human Thriving in the three Orders of Natural Reality
Andrea Maccarini – The Remains of the West: The Morphogenic Society as Source and Challenge to Human Fulfillment
Wednesday 6th January: Morphogenesis at the Macro-, Meso- and Micro-Levels of Society
Pierpaolo Donati – What does a ‘Good Life’ Mean in a Morphogenic Society?
Emmanuel Lazega – Networks and Commons: current organizational struggles to shape new sharing institutions
Mark Carrigan – The Challenge of Flourishing Amidst Variety
Wolfgang Hofkirchner – Creating Common Good :The vision of The Global Sustainable Information Society
Thursday 7th January: Eudaimonia and Social Institutions
Colin Wight – Wars and human Flourishing
Ismael Al-Amoudi – Social Reflexivity and Political Reflexivity in a just Morphogenic society
Jamie Morgan – Corporations, taxation and responsibility: practical and onto-analytical issues for morphogenesis and eudaimonia
Deadline 31 Jan 2016. Submission guidelines on: http://tinyurl.com/jrh3jdj
We are also delighted to inform you about the following developments:
1. We are currently applying for funding to support PhD students. If you would like to be considered for a grant, please mention it on your abstract.
2. Our Yale colleagues (Margarita Mooney, Phil Gorski, Tim Rutzou) will be holding a post-conference discussion on CR methods on the day immediately following the conference. More info soon.
3. Alan Norrie is assembling papers for stream(s) on What’s love got to do with it?’ If you would like to see your paper included in that stream, please mention ‘what has love got to do with it?’ as a sub-title for your abstract.
Looking forward to a thoughtful and stimulating event,
Ismael Al-Amoudi, Joe O’Mahoney & Tim Edwards