Event | Luhmann Conference 2020

Luhmann Conference 2020 on “Moral communication. Observed with social systems theory”

Venue: Inter University Center, Don Frana Bulića 4 (2nd floor, room 5)

Dates: 15-18 September  2020

Impressions from the Luhmann Conference 2020

Conference programme


13.30-14.00 Opening Session and Introductory Notes

Chairs: Gorm Harste, Steffen Roth

14.00-16.00 Session 1

  • Gorm Harste: Law and Morality. The Luhmann/Habermas controversy and its aftermath. (Paper)
  • Leon Conrad: Roots, Shoots, Fruits: The direct influence of J M Robertson’s work on George Spencer-Brown’s work and its indirect influence on Niklas Luhmann’s work. (Paper) (Video)
    Chair: Lars Clausen

16.00–16.30 Break

16.30-18.30 Session 2

  • Emer Hunt: The problem with values: identifying the values within the observation of problems. (Paper)
  • Jacob A. Miller, Matthew R. Sanderson: Reading in sociological evolutionary theory and Peters’ communication’s chasm to Niklas Luhmann’s (1989). Ecological Communication to examine mainstream environmentalism’s moral codes. (Paper)
    Chair: Gorm Harste

19.00 Dinner


09.00-11.00 Session 3

  • Jörg Räwel: An allergy of society. Concerning the question of how a social “lockdown” has become possible. (Paper)
  • Jesper Tække: Systems theoretical observations of the media panic debate. (Paper)
    Chair: Markus Heidingsfelder

11.00-11.30 Break

11.30-13.30 Session 4

  • Lars Clausen: A Moral Cross? (Video)
  • Kresimir Zazar: Fighting the Virus, Hunting the Witches. Moralizing within the Public Discourses during the Corona Pandemic in Croatia. (Slides) (Video)
    Chair: Jesper Tække

13.30-16.00 Break

16.00-18.00 Session 5

  • Nicholas Weaver: Escalating complexity and fragmentation of mental health services: the influence of recovery as a form of moral communication. (Paper)
  • Klaus Brønd Laursen: The productive force of moral communication in the functional differentiated society.
    Chair: Margit Neisig

19.00 Dinner


09.00-11.00 Session

  • Markus Heidingsfelder: Outrage/Exclusion Culture: The Transformation of Morality.
  • Steffen Roth: The Great Reset. Restratification for lives, livelihoods, and the planet.  (Slides 80MB) (Slides 9MB) (Paper)
    Chair: Ilaria Riccioni

11.00-11.30 Break

11.30-13.30 Session 7

  • Kristof Van Assche, Gert Verschraegen, Vladislav Valentinov, Monica Gruezmacher: Transparency, opacity and morality in governance.
  • Ilaria Riccioni, Luca Diotallevi: Radical Modernity and its Casualties. Are art and religion going to end up “missing in action”? (Slides)
    Chair: Krešimir Žažar

15.00 Excursion to Konavle (including late lunch/early dinner) A


09.00-11.00 Session 8

  • Kurt Rachlitz, Benjamin Grossmann-Hensel: Moral Communication And Organization.
  • Jan Winczorek: Moral communication and legal uncertainty in small and medium enterprises. (Slides)
    Chair: Lars Clausen

11.00-11.30 Break

11.30-13.30 Session 9

  • Margit Neisig: The fragile system-environment relation, moral or ethical heuristics, higher order autopoiesis and sophisticated digital tools: May nature, digital and social systems couple in a circular economy? – Blind spots, paradoxes and deparadoxation. (Paper)
  • Ayumi Higuchi: On the symmetry of moral codes. (Paper)
    Chair: Klaus Brønd Laursen

13.30-14.00 Break

14.00-15.00 Session 10

  • Markus Heidingsfelder: Outrage/Exclusion Culture: The Transformation of Morality.
    Chair: Kresimir Zazar

15.00-15.30 Final Discussion / Closing Session

Chairs: Gorm Harste, Steffen Roth

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