The two-day conference “Epistemic commitments of complexity theories” aims at gathering practitioners of the field, as well as researchers in philosophy, history, sociology, in order to address the axiological, ideological and political aspects of some of the most important complexity theories: complex systems sciences (Santa Fe Institute style), cybernetics and systemics (autopoiesis, Hayekian neoliberalism, Odum ecology, etc.)…
Several social and human science works have shown how science and knowledge are not merely a world of ideas. Scientific theories are embedded in different practices, techniques, ontologies, institutions, materiality, norms, and ideologies (Hackett et al., 2008). Scientific narratives, theories, models, and even equations are – despite their often supposed neutrality – carriers of normative and political viewpoints that must be explicated and democratically debated (Granjou & Arpin, 2015; Knorr-Cetina, 1982; Jasanoff, 2015; Vieille-Blanchard, 2007).
Following such an anthropological take on complexity theories, this workshop will address the normative, ideological and political underpinnings of complexity science, including questions such as:
- What kind of ontology of the social world is implicit in complexity theories?
- What performative and normative effects do such ontologies have on complexity specialists’ visions of politics?-
- What are complexity specialists’ commitments in the academic, social, economic, and political fields?
List of invited speakers
- Jean-Pierre Dupuy (https://dlcl.stanford.edu/people/jean-pierre-dupuy)
- Catharina Landstrom (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1068/a43482)
- Andrew Pickering (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0306312702032003003) - Thomas Turnbull (https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/users/tturnbull)
- Michel Morvan (https://cosmotech.com/team/michel-morvan/)
Thursday 19 : From cybernetics to complexity institutes
10 - 10.30 Introduction on complexity history: Fabrizio Li Vigni 10.30 - 11.45 Andy Pickering : British cybernetics 11.45 - 12.30 contributed talk 12.30-14 Lunch 14 - 15:15 Thomas Turnbull: Second Cybernetics: the Science of Saving Energy 15.15 - 16 David Chavalarias : “De Cybersyn aux macroscopes sociaux : contributions de la recherche sur les systèmes complexes à une réflexivité sociale” 16 - 17.15 Jean-Pierre Dupuy : From cybernetics to complexity
Friday 20 : Complexity, simulations and social systems
10 - 10.45 Catharina Landstrom: modeling and expertise in social simulations 11.45 - 12.45 Michel Morvan : CosmoTech: from complexity research to business. 12.45 - 14 Lunch 14 - 15.15 From complexity theories to lean management, David Vallat (Sciences Po, Lyon) 15.15 - 16.15 Fabrizio Li Vigni : Santa Fe Institute as a neoliberal symptom 16.15 - 17 Final discussion