Communication and Situated Intra-Action: Entangling Systems Theory and New Materialism
In this talk we aim to discuss fruitful irritations of Systems Theory and New Materialism. Most recently a discussion about the critical potentials of Systems Theory has emerged (Amstutz & Fischer-Lescano 2014, Siri & Möller 2015) and discussed normative potentials as well as ‘blind spots’ of this theory of society. By focusing on Karen Barads Agential Realism (2007) and a critical reading of Luhmann’s works we encounter and condense entanglements between two theoretical worlds, which seem to be severely imcompatible only at the first glance. By approaching empirical phenomenons with a mix of Luhmann’s Functional Analysis and New Materialist ethnographies strengths and blind spots of both perspectives can be balanced and analyzed theoretically.
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Siri, Jasmin & Möller, Kolja (2015) (Eds.). Systemtheorie & Kritik. Special Issue von Soziale Systeme. Bielefeld.
Amstutz, Marc & Fischer-Lescano, Andreas (2014) (Eds.) Kritische Systemtheorie. Zur Evolution einer normativen Theorie. Bielefeld.
Braidotti, Rosi (2013) The Posthuman. Cambridge.