Conflicting Systems – Observed with Social Systems Theory Program

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Conflicting Systems – Observed with Social Systems Theory


All conference meetings take place in the IUC-building (300 meters North West to the main gate of the Old City at Frana Bulica 4; the large yellow three floor building); the exact room is announced at the entrance

The home-page for IUC is

The program is preliminary (some participants may need less and some more time). Presentations should be prepared (with paper, and or with power points, slides, or handouts); they should not endure more than 30 minutes and leave 30-45 minutes for discussions.

Preload: Sunday 13.9: 7 p.m. (19.00) - Sunday evening dinner in restaurant Orhan in the little harbor right north to the Main entrance to the Old City; Map:,18.1048727,19z

Fee 40-45 Euros

In the InterUniversity Centre there is a good and cheap café to be used during the 15 minutes pause. During the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) there is an equally good café and actually quite good restaurant in front of the IUC. A computer room is at the second floor, next to the IUC secretariat.

NB in the airport 25 km South to Dubrovnik there is a Mister Cash for credit cards; one Croatian kuona is approximately = about 15 cents (0,15 Euros). A taxi costs about 30-35 euros, the bus is much cheaper; then, however you should change money immediately in the airport banking automats.

If you like to swim, it is a very good idea to bring adequate swimming cloathes with you since the Adriatic is about 25-26 Celcius and very good and close bathing possibilities are very nearby the centre. The normal weather in September is about 25-30 degrees max and evening about 20+. However, it can be recommended to take a raincoat in your luggage.

Questions, changes and proposals should be addressed to Gorm Harste,

mobil phone ++45 6089 4668

List of e-mail addresses to be used when you send your paper: ;;;;;;;;; ;;;;;;;; ;;;;;;; ;;;;;

As an overall introduction to the theme of the conference it could be fortunate to have read the German or English, Italian, Danish or Spanish or a similar version of for instance Niklas Luhmann: Soziale Systeme, Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp 1984, chapter 9, pp. 488 – 550.

The conference days are separated according to the abstracts proposed. They fit into a scheme of differentiated or separated powers: Communication Conflicts, Organisation Conflicts, Conflicts in Law, Political Conflicts, and Ecological Conflicts. Furthermore, we might have some second order observation from the perspective of art.

Between each presentation, we will have a short coffee/tea break

The present program is also sent to former participants from conferences about systems theory (in April 2007, September 2009, April 2011, September 2012, May 2014) to make it possible for those who could not participate to require information and papers from you.

Their mail-addresses are:

Monday 14.9.

9.00 – 9.30 Welcome, presentation and introduction by Gorm Harste

Chair: Steffen Roth

Theme: Communication conflicts

9.00 – 10.00

Jesper Tække (Aarhus;

Crisis Communication in a Systems- and Medium Theoretical Perspective

10.15 – 11.15

Markus Heidungsfelder (Karachi University;

Shake It Off - Pop und Konflikt

11.30 – 12.30

Margit Neisig (Roskilde University;

Could governmental micro management be replaced? Establishing new ways of trusting through pilot trials - Barriers of change in a complex polycentric context - A Luhmannian approach of studying transition


Café time


Krešimir Žažar, (University of Zagreb;

Emergent Social Phenomena: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges of the Examination of One of the Axial Issues of Sociological Inquiry’

17.15 – 18.15

Thomas Kokkinos-Kennedy (

Narratives of meaning: Luhmann and Bateson

Tuesday 15/9

Theme: Organisational conflicts

Chair: Hugo Alrøe

9.00 – 10.00:

Jan Inge Jönhill (Örebro, or

Conflicts Observed with Social Systems Theory versus Conflict Theory. The Example of Conflicts and their Managing in Organizations

10.15 – 11.15:

Marie Nickelsen (Copenhagen Business School;

The Hybrid Paradoxes in Financial Organization

11.30 – 12.30

Steffen Roth (Rennes)

Growth and function. A viral research program for deconomized organizations

12.45 – 13.15

Gina Atzeni, (University of München;

(Doctoral) Professionalism in Modern Societies Conflicts


Vibeke Klitgaard (Copenhagen/ University of Lund:

The Tripled Contradictory Power of the Medical Profession

Beyond theory: Second order observations from art

Martin Nore (Aarhus; AFPAF;

In-between Art, War and Therapy: War veterans as artists

Kirsti Grotmol (Oslo;

Art and systems

Wednesday 16/9

Thema: Conflicts in law

Chair: Nasrin Nodinian (Montreal);

9.00 – 10.00

Laura Appignanesi (University of Macerata;

A hypothesis of intra-systemic communication: from “fragmented law” to connective law?

10.15 – 11.15

Katayoun Baghai (Queen Mary, London/ McGill Montreal;

Religious Freedom and Its Limits: A Systems-theoretic Functional Analysis

11.30 – 12.30

Eliana Herrera-Vega (Ottawa;

Conflicting communications and environmental catastrophes. The answer of a legal system to environmental damages.


16.30 – 17.30

Jan Winczorek (University of Warsaw.

Imperialism and avoidance in legal conflict resolution

17.45 – 18.45

Ramze Endut (


Thursday 17/9.

Theme: Political conflicts

9.45 – 10.45

Gorm Harste (Aarhus University,

Critique of War Reason – a second order perspective on self-referential systems 11th-21th century

11.00 – 12.00

Alexander Myklebust (

Technology between politics and economy

12.15 – 13.15

Alexander Wolters (Bishek Kyrgyzstan;

The Politics of the Periphery: Understanding Politics in Central Asia with Systems Theory

Lunch in town (fish restaurant in the old harbor South-West)

16.30 – 17.30

Pernille Almlund, (Roskilde University.

Non-voting young people in conflict with the political system


Friday 18/9

Theme: Ecological conflicts

Chair: Jan-Inge Jönhill

9.15 – 10.15:

Hugo F. Alrøe (Aarhus,; Egon Noe (Aarhus,

Conflicting perspectives: a scientific and democratic challenge

10.30 – 11.30:

Klaus Brond Laursen (Aarhus University;

Conflicting food systems – where is the battle?

11.45 – 12.45:

Florence Rudolf, (Insa de Strasbourg,

How far modern society was or not able to learnt about ecological pressures?

Excursion to the Island of Lokrum (where there are restaurants)

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