I would like to thank Andrea
Hurst and Anton Botha and Harsheila Riga for the opportunity to run a
workshop on complexity at Nelson Mandela
University. The workshop is based on a forthcoming book in 2024 – The
Atlas of Social Complexity (Edward Elgar
Publishing) -- that Lasse
Gerrits and I are in the final stages of writing.
Here is the Workshop Abstract
complexity sciences have done much to advance the social sciences, over the
last decade the field has run into some hard situations – thirteen to be exact.
Some are self-imposed, others come from how 21st century science is
conducted. Examples include ignoring the wider social sciences;
privileging computational modelling over qualitative research; and being tone-deaf about the real world.
These situations presently
prevent the study of social complexity from becoming the disruptive,
transdisciplinary field it originally sought to be in the 1990s when the complexity
turn in the social sciences took place.
small but growing global network of scholars are charting new territory. They
are part of a fresh turn in complexity, the social science turn, which
fosters a transdisciplinary, social complexity imagination that, in one way or
another, addresses the field’s thirteen situations to create new areas of
disruptive and highly innovative social inquiry. The Atlas of social
complexity charts this new territory, seeking to map its present future.
five major themes – (1) Cognition, emotion and consciousness, (2) Dynamics of
human psychology, (3) Living in social systems, (4) Advancing a new methods
agenda, and (5) The unfinished space – the Atlas functions as a tour guide,
surveying over thirty leading-edge research areas (some still under
construction) that readers can variously combine and develop.
The Atlas is a
practical guide for those seeking new ideas and new avenues of study to pursue,
all in the hope of fostering the transdisciplinary social complexity
imagination needed to address some of the biggest global challenges we, as a
world community, presently face.
The purpose of
this interactive Workshop is to introduce the Atlas to foster a discussion on
the future of the field and for participants to explore what a future map might look like for
CLICK HERE is a link to the Main PowerPoint
for the Complexity Sciences Map
CLICK HERE for the Methods PowerPoint.
HERE to explore COMPLEX-IT and its software, tutorials, etc.
CLICK HERE for a published article on COMPLEX-IT
CLICK HERE for Big Data Mining and Complexity
CLICK HERE for the Sage Handbook of Case-Based Methods