Highlights: Foresights and futures studies depend on the adequacy of our knowledge of the present and the past. Big data evidence suggests that the English language area was not capitalist between 1800 and 2000. Popular social macro trend statements ought to be regularly scrutinised so as to reduce the risk that inadequate trend assumptions are […]Read more "Release | Was that capitalism? A future-oriented big data analysis of the 19th and 20th century"
Call for papers to a special issue of Technological Forecasting and Social Change [SSCI 3.226, Scopus, CNRS***, ABS***, VHB***]. “This is basically what I want to spend my life working on yet pretty much everything in this CfP irritates me” Mark Carrigan, Digital Sociologist, Social Media Consultant, and Digital Fellow at The Sociological Review “It sounds like […]Read more "CFP | Digital transformation of social theory"
Modern societies are usually defined as relatively unreligious, dominated by money and power rather than religious beliefs. But why are we so sure that secularisation and the dominance of politics and economy are in the DNA of modern societies? We turned these and similar assumptions into big data research questions and found that, despite all contradicting […]Read more "Power not money is the new religion. Big data @The Conversation"
Development of professions: Observed with Niklas Luhmann’s systems theory Time: 20-22 September 2017 (with optional informal get-togethers on 18-19 September) Place: International University Centre (IUC), Dubrovnik, Croatia Special guest: Stephan Fuchs, University of Virginia, US. Conference organizers: Gorm Harste, Aarhus University, Denmark; Steffen Roth, La Rochelle Business School, France, and Yerevan State University, Armenia; Gina Atzeni, LMU Munich, Germany; Morten […]Read more "Call | Developments of professions: Observed with Niklas Luhmann’s systems theory"
Management and functional differentiation | Special issue of Systems Research and Behavioral Science [SSCI 1.034, Scopus, ABS**] Guest Editor: Steffen Roth, Rennes School of Business, France Table of Contents Guest Editorial Steffen Roth: From Added Values to Augmented Realities. Introducing the Special Issue of Management and Functional Differentiation Abstract: In this reintroduction to the concept of functional […]Read more "Release | Management and function"
Big data reality check of social macro trends published in TFSC: Roth S., Clark C., Trofimov N., Mkrtchyan A., Heidingsfelder M., Appignanesi L., Pérez-Valls M., Berkel J., and Kaivo-oja J. (2017) Futures of a distributed memory. A global brain wave measurement (1800-2000), Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 118 No. May, pp. 307-323. Abstract: If the global brain is […]Read more "Release | A global brain wave measurement"
The beta version of #luhmannomics is installed on the 16th International Social Theory Consortium (ISTC) Annual Conference in Innsbruck, May 24-26, 2017. We are calling for submission of abstracts at: #luhmannomics 0.1: Futures of social science above and beyond Economy and Society *** Photo credit: Markus Heidingsfelder.Read more "#luhmannomics 0.1: Futures of social science above and beyond Economy and Society"