Realist Complexity between Causal and Complex Systems Conference

IACR 2022 conference
Monday 8 Aug 2022, 09:00 - Friday 12 Aug 2022, 17:00
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International Institute of Social Studies
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The International Institute of Social Studies is hosting this conference which aims to take stock of the various analytical shortcomings of ‘Complex Realism’ (CR) and  to understand how CR scholars analytically treat complexity.

In so doing, it asks three central questions:

  1. What is ‘Realist Complexity’?
  2. Is this ‘Realist Complexity’ complex?
  3. What is the difference between complexity and some things being complex?

Full details of the conference, including how to submit a paper is available on the conference website.


The organizers aim to receive contributions dealing with these questions in relation to the following themes:

  • Ontology and epistemology
  • Causality (Critical Realist and other perspectives)
  • Systems (open and/or closed)
  • Any combination of the themes listed above

Keynote speakers

  • Margaret Archer - Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK and trustee of the Centre for Critical Realism. She created the 'morphogenetic approach' which she developed throughout her academic career.
  • Phil Gorski - Comparative-historical sociologist at Yale University, USA where he is the chair of the department of sociology. His research focuses on populism and democracy, and Critical Realist philosophy of social science.
  • Alan Norrie - Professor at the school of Law of the University of Warwick. His research focuses on critical and historical analysis of criminal law and in its ethical and doctrinal problems, and in ideas of guilt, forgiveness and justice.

Other speakers are still to be confirmed.


A pre-conference will take place on 8 and 9 August with the main conference taking place from 10-12 August. 

More about the pre-conference and conference programme.


Karim Knio

Dr Karin Knio

Associate Professor in International Political Economy

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