Frederick Neuhouser, Karen Ng, Arvi Särkelä, Kolja Möller, Steffen Mau, Hanna Meißner, Thomas Seibert, Sabine Hark, Daniel Loick, Antoine Louette, Eva von Redecker, Christian Volk, Rahel Jaeggi, Robin Celikates and in a special online appearance Sally Haslanger, Michele Moody-Adams, and Theodore Schatzki discussed different dimensions of fundamental social change.
Contemporary societies are dynamic. Their structures are constantly evolving, and social change continuously happens within them. This suggests that the long sought-after ideal of social stability cannot adequately describe social reality. The consequences for the theoretical consideration and normative assessment of change in societies are decisive if societies are understood as fundamentally dynamic. Questions about the concepts used to capture changes in social structures come into focus: Can social change be meaningfully distinguished from the dynamic reproduction of a society? A dynamic understanding of social entities also affects their normative assessment. How can current processes of change in societies be understood as progress, regression, or homeostasis? And last but not least, the concept of social change has to include the subjectivity of those who want to create, maintain, question, and change society through their actions, and who intensify and exacerbate the crises. How can they become historically effective actors? How can we describe the balance between the self-transformation of actors and the transformation of society that must go hand in hand in far-reaching transformation processes? Under the heading Change2 we discussed these dimensions of a theory of fundamental social change with Frederick Neuhouser, Karen Ng, Arvi Särkelä, Kolja Möller, Steffen Mau, Hanna Meißner, Thomas Seibert, Sabine Hark, Daniel Loick, Antoine Louette, Eva von Redecker, Christian Volk, Rahel Jaeggi, Robin Celikates and in a special online appearance Sally Haslanger, Michele Moody-Adams, and Theodore Schatzki.
Nikolas Kill wrote a fascinating report on our workshop on soziopolis (German).
Online panel on „Structure, Event, Practice – Elements of a theory of social change“
Panel Discussion with Sally Haslanger, Theodore Schatzki, Michele Moody-Adams and Rahel Jaeggi, chaired by Robin Celikates:
Presentation by Sally Haslanger:
Presentation by Michele Moody-Adams:
Presentation by Rahel Jaeggi:
Presentation by Theodore Schatzki: