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International Workshop: Social Networks: from communication to solidarity

An Interdisciplinary Approach

13 -15 September 2013 :: Sierra Pambley :: León :: Spain

The international workshop, organised by University of León in collaboration with several European universities and scientific institutions (see cooperation), represents a new relevant step in the development of an international academic programme of interdisciplinary studies within PRIMER framework. 

Coordination: J.M. Díaz-Nafría (ULE, BITrum)

  • Lectures and round tables are accessible in the VIDEO section.
  • The development of the course includes WEBINARS, held during the Autumn of 2013, in which participants can present their works. VIDEO CHANNEL
  • The summer course includes an optional soundpainting workshop
  •  Facebook Event
Introduction and Objectives

In front of the complexity of the problems challenging our contemporary societies –of social, economic and environmental order– it surprises they are not tackled in all its complexity, using the available technical and theoretical tools which reliability have been well proved –as it will be shown in the course. Instead, methods, which fallibility is well known, are commonly used, even though they are even acknowledge as causing factor of the problems themselves. Indeed instead of properly facing complexity, two closed related approaches are dominant: the “radical analytical vision” which has driven to the creation to countless scientific-technical specialties, and the “methodological individualism”, inherent to the liberalism vision and according to which the complexity of the real can be reduced to the aggregate of dual interactions. Both focuses have driven to the situation in which the so-called “collateral damages” shape an inexhaustible landscape of growing problems in which decent life has no practical room –in general terms. As international institutions start to acknowledge, these reductionist approaches are necessarily insufficient as to cope with the growing complexity of our current problems, since the complexity itself develops in a terrain in which they simply have no observing ability. Nevertheless, due to its magnitude these problems are evident to even the ordinary citizen, who feels outraged of the political, economic and social responses usually given to face them.

    However, we count with methods which enable coping with our problems without reducing its complexity and open to take advantage of the creative ability of its actors –as illustrated in this course–. The new information tools offers a bipolar profile: on the one hand, they make globalization with its current conditions possible –distinguished by huge inequalities–, but at the same time they allow with minimal resources that human necessities and capabilities –scattered through the social body–  can meet in a mutual fertilization of revolutionary possibilities. Making use of this second dimension is targeted in this course in which international experts will meet, making possible to tackle this multidimensional approach to social networks through an event, extended in both time and space, and promoted by several European institutions.  Thus, the experience initiated in the summer course of 2012: Social Networks: from Indignation to Change (ethical, political and aesthetical aspects), is continued, taken as shelter the Sierra Pambley Foundation, who has been involved for 125 years in a movement of deep social transformation. This constitutes an emblematic example of confronting the vast complexity of our collective problems through a best use of the own resources of intellectual, educative, cultural, organizational, economic… nature.

    Participant institutions

    University of León (Spain), Vienna University of Technlogy (Austria), Munich University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Mälardalen University (Sweden), University of the Aegean (Greece), BITrum (Spain)Bertalanffy Center for the Study of System Science (Austria)Observatory of the Cibersociety (Spain)MyUniversity-ULE (Spain), Juventudes Musicales de León (Spain), Institut für Design Science (Germany), Sierra Pambley Foundation (Spain).

    See Cooperation page for more details.