Research Committee 51 (ISA-RC51)

The Research Committee 51 (ISA-RC51) of the International Sociological Association (ISA) is one of the more than fifty Research Committees which, along with a large number of national sociological associations, constitute the ISA.

The RC51 is oriented to promote the systemic perspective in the social sciences through sociocybernetics. This perspective integrates the general theory of systems, the cybernetics of first and second-order, and complexity sciences, with the aim to address complex social problems.


Call for papers
“In Memory of Felix Geyer”


Felix Geyer, one of the originators of the terms sociocybernetics and one of the founding members of RC51, passed away last year. In order to pay respect to him and to his legacy within sociocybernetics, the Journal of Sociocybernetics is seeking submissions for a special issue dedicated to Felix’s work and contributions.  READ MORE...

Please submit all contributions by 1st June 2021

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Call for papers
“ISA Forum Special Issue”


If you are presenting at the ISA Forum, the Journal of Sociocybernetics (JoS) invites you to send your full papers for the 2021 issue that will be prepared with outstanding contributions to the Forum. 

Please submit all contributions by 1st July 2021

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The pandemic era: Observations and Reflections from a Sociocybernetics Perspective
July 14 -16, 2020

Conference Booklet (PDF document)


Conference Sessions

Day 1 - Introducing sociocybernetics: widening systemic perspectives.

In this first online session, the RC51 Members will introduce basic sociocybernetics ideas, concepts, authors, and tools to a wider audience. More...

Day 2 - COVID-19: A Second order observation

This session focuses on systemic analysis and/or sociocybernetics observations and reflections of COVID-19 around the world. More...

Day 3 – A manifesto for Sociocybernetics 

This is a participatory session, open to all, to discuss the core concepts and methodologies of sociocybernetics. More...

Conference Abstracts