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Symposium on occasion of Rudolf Stichweh’s 65th birthday, November 4th-5th

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Bonner Universitätsforum, Heussallee 18-24

Rudolf Stichweh is one of the leading representatives of the sociological theory of social systems in the tradition of Niklas Luhmann. In his work, Stichweh has advanced the Luhmannian approach in several key dimensions, among them the concept of world society. His understanding of world society has a number of distinct features that sets it apart from other sociological theories of globalization. Most notably, it implies that regional diversification and regional particularities can be conceptualized as an implication of, rather than a contradiction to, the existence of one world society, and that the making of modern world society needs to be studied in a long-term historical perspective.

The symposium “Sociology and history of world society: Interdisciplinary perspectives on globalization“, which takes place on occasion of Rudolf Stichweh’s 65th birthday at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW) in Bonn, aims to stimulate a discussion on this dimension of Rudolf Stichweh’s work that goes beyond the beaten paths of the globalization debate, instead opening new and possibly unexpected perspectives on the historical making of world society. It brings together scholars from different disciplinary contexts whose work promises to inspire this kind of discussion.

 

Due to the limited number of seats, registration is necessary for participation. For this, please contact Dr. Evelyn Moser ([Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]).

 

Programme

 

Friday, November 4th

Introduction

09:00-9:30

Welcome and Introduction by the Organizers

09:30-10:30 

RUDOLF STICHWEH (BONN)

Key Elements of a Theory of World Society

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

Session 1: Infrastructures of World Society

11:00 - 11:50        

HEIDI TWOREK (VANCOUVER) & SIMONE MÜLLER (MÜNCHEN)

Infrastructure and Information in a Wired World

11:50-12:40            

VANESSA OGLE (PHILADELPHIA)

Standardization in the Age of Nationalism: The Invention of Universal Time, 1870s - 1950s

12:40 - 14:00 Lunch Break

Session 2: Functional Systems in World Society

14:00 - 14:50

MATHIAS ALBERT (BIELEFELD)

The Emergence of World Politics

14:50 - 15:40

POUL F. KJAER (COPENHAGEN)

The Functional Transformation of Constitutions

15:40 - 16:10 Coffee Break

16:10-17:00           

PETER BEYER (OTTAWA)

Transformations in the Religious System of World Society: From Patriotism to Consumerism in Religious Modeling

17:00 - 17:50

CHRISTOPHER L. HILL (ANN ARBOR)

The Chronogeography of the Novel: On the Transnationalization of Literary Forms

 

Saturday, November 5th 

Session 3: NGOs and Global Civil Society

09:30 - 10:20

MONIKA KRAUSE (LONDON)

Organizations, Professions, and Symbolic Differentiation in Global Humanitarianism

10:20-11:10           

THOMAS DAVIES (LONDON)

An Historical Perspective on International NGOs in Worlds Society

11:10 - 11:40 Coffee Break

Session 4: Regions in World Society

 

11:40-12:30           

ALDO MASCARENO (SANTIAGO DE CHILE)

The Latin American Variant of Functional Differentiation

12: 30 - 13:20

DOMINIC SACHSENMAIER (GÖTTINGEN)

The Search for Distinctively Chinese Perspectives on World History and Modernity

 

 

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