The Evolutionary Dynamics of Discursive Knowledge – Slow-read Series

You are cordially invited to join a slow-read/discussion of the latest open-access book by Loet LeydesdorffThe Evolutionary Dynamics of Discursive Knowledge.

The book  provides an introduction to the connections between systems theory, evolutionary theory, sociology, STS, communication theory, and cybernetics and its objective is to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange.  We will read and discuss about one chapter each month, according to the schedule presented below.

The book discussion will take place via ZOOM on the third Wednesday of every month, starting at 5pm CET (4pm GMT, 11am EST, 9am MST(**)). In each ZOOM meeting, one to three scholars will give a brief commentary on the chapter scheduled for that day, followed by an interactive discussion.  Each session will last for about two hours.

If you are  interested in take active part to the disuscussion, commentaries also in the form of a video presentation (maximum 20 minutes) are welcomed, especially from those who cannot join the ZOOM meetings due to international time zone differences. If you would like to act as a commentator for any of the chapters (max 20 minutes, max 7 PPT slides), please get in touch with one of the event organizers (johnsonmwj1(at) or  jaimi.hendrix(at) to finalize the details.


Reviews of the book:

Schirone, Mark. (2021). Review of: Leydesdorff, Loet. The evolutionary dynamics of discursive knowledge. Communication-theoretical perspectives on an empirical philosophy of science. Cham: Springer Nature, 2021. Information Research, Vol 26 No 3, Review no. R725 [Retrieved from]

A forthcoming review by Mark Johnson will shortly be available in Cybernetics and Human Knowing.


Additional details:


– Each ZOOM session will be recorded and posted in the above-mentioned Club of Remy YouTube channel.

– For further information about this event series, contact Mark Johnson (Cybernetics, Univ. of Liverpool) at johnsonmwj1(at) or Margaretha “Jaimi” Hendrickx at jaimi.hendrix(at)


Provisional schedule:

Chech the latest version of the schedule

ZOOM room link:

  • Wed, Dec 15, 2021 – Chapter 1 – Knowledge-based Innovation and Social Coordination.

Commentary by Mark W. Johnson (Cybernetics, Univ. of Liverpool, UK).

  • Wed, Jan 19, 2022 – Chapter 2 – The Communication Turn in Philosophy of Science.

Chapter 3 – Scientific Communication and Codification.

Commentary by Stasa Milojevic (Informatics, Indiana University, Bloomington).

Commentary by Marco Schirone (Univ. of Borås, Chalmers Univ, Sweden).

  • Wed, Feb 16, 2022 – Chapter 4 – Towards a Calculus of Redundancy.

Commentary by Inga Ivanova (Complex Systems, HSE Univ., Moscow, Russia).

Commentary by Larry Richards (Mgmt & Engineering, Indiana Univ. East, USA).

  • Wed, Mar 16, 2022 – Chapter 5 – Evolutionary & Institutional Triple Helix Models.

Commentary by Lucio Biggiero (Org. Science; Univ. of L’Aquila, Italia).

Commentary by Gene Bellinger (Independent Consultant, SystemsWiki’s Musings, NC, USA).

Commentary by Juzhuo Cai (Mgmt & Business, Tampere Univ., Finland).

  • Wed, Apr 20, 2022 – Chapter 6 & 7 – Commentators TBA.

Commentary by Helen Lawton Smith (Innovation Studies, Birkbeck, London Univ., UK).

  • Wed, May 18, 2022 – Chapter 8 – Commentators TBA.
  • Wed, Jun 15, 2022 – Chapter 9 – Commentators TBA.

Commentary by Igone Porto Gomez (Engineering & Organization, Univ. de Deusto, Spain).

  • Wed, Jul 20, 2022 – Chapter 10 – Cultural and Biological Evolution.

Commentary by Christiane Gebhardt (Drees & Sommer, Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Wed, Aug 17, 2022 – Chapter 11 – Commentators TBA.


(**) Changes in schedule due to Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes:

Please, synchronize with 5pm Paris/Amsterdam/Berlin/Maribor/Ljubljana time.

Note that in March 2022, the USA moves its clocks 1 hour forward two weeks before the EU countries move their clocks forward.  Consequently, in March 2022, the ZOOM meeting will start 1 hour later for those residing in the United States at that time:

Dec 2021 – Feb 2022: 5pm CET (4pm GMT, 11am EST, 8am PST)

Mar 2022: 5pm CET (4pm GMT, 12pm EDT, 9am PDT)

Apr – Aug 2022: 5 pm CEST (4pm BST, 11am EDT, 8am PDT)

To find out when DST changes go into effect for your country, visit

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