Activity | Early Career Programme

Welcome to the Luhmann Conference 2023 Early Career Programme, which will take place on 11 September 2023, just one day before the conference. You are welcome to already join us for a casual get-together dinner on 11 September 2023.

Our Early Career Programme is designed specifically for graduate students, postdocs, and early-career professionals who are eager to network and advance their academic project. As a participant, you will

  • Have access to workshops and reflect on their professional project using systemic tools,
  • Enjoy a kayak tour to beautiful Lokrum Island
  • Meet members of the Luhmann Conference Committees, and
  • Exchange and connect with other early career scholars interested in social systems theory. 

Programme Outline

Sunday, September 10th (Start: 6.30 pm, participation optional)

  • Early Career Get-Together Dinner in the evening.

Monday, September 11th (Start: 9.00 am)

  • Workshops
  • Kayak tour
  • Pre-Conference dinner followed by casual drinks at a bar

The Early Career Programme is an excellent opportunity for you to build your professional network, exchange in an informal setting, and reflect on your academic development goals. We hope you will join us and take advantage of this unique opportunity to advance your career and connect with the Luhmann Conference organiser as well as your peers.

In order to receive further information, please mark your interest in the event when signing up for the conference.

We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Dubrovnik!


Further information about the programme (in progress)


Organised by systemic trainers, two reflection workshops will provide you with an opportunity to reflect upon your current project and equip yourself with valuable skills for your personal journey. These interactive workshops are intended for all early career scholars and scientists who are interested in applying systemic tools, exploring new practical exercises, and exchanging with peers.

Kayak Tour

Enjoy a kayak tour to witness the magic of Lokrum Island through the sea with X-Adventure, where you will enjoy the natural beauty of the area and connect with your fellow attendees in a relaxed and informal setting.

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The Early Career Programme is the perfect opportunity to expand your network and exchange with social systems theorists.

Get-Together Dinner (optional)

Are you arriving on Sunday or even earlier to enjoy beautiful Dubrovnik? Then do consider joining our casual get-together dinner on Sunday where you can connect with fellow attendees and get to know members of the Conference Committee!


Meet the Early Career Programme Organisers

Lina Nagel, M. A., is a certified conflict trainer and researcher in communication and organisation. Currently, she is a PhD student at the University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany, where she is also working as a research associate at the Endowed Chair for “Organization and Development of Business Families” at the Witten Institute for Family Businesses (WIFU). Her research focus is on communication and conflicts, with a special focus on business families, using cybernetic and systemic theory.

Theresa Arnold, M. A., is a systemic coach and consultant with a focus on organizational development and change management. A sociologist by training, she is currently working as a PhD student at the Endowed Chair for “Organization and Development of Business Families” at the Witten Institute for Family Businesses (WIFU), University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany. Her research fields are Luhmannian approaches to sociology, social psychology, and organization studies.

Stella Köchling, M. A., is a research assistant and PhD student at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies, Hannover, where she works in the project “Digitalization of Scholarly Communication”. Drawing on social systems theory, her research focuses on the platformization of scholarly communication. Located at the interfaces of media, communication, and organization studies, her dissertation mainly involves qualitative research methods.

Otto Rosendahl, M. Sc., works as a doctoral researcher at the University of Turku School of Economics. Having a background in economics and business administration, Otto is conducting basic research in marketing leading towards a meta-theoretical PhD thesis that enhances the service dominant logic (SDL) theory of value co-creation with social systems theories of society and multifunctional markets.



Workshop I: Exploring your journey – Reflecting on your academic project with systemic tools and associative methods 

The workshop aims to provide participants with a deeper understanding of their current project by using systemic questions and associative methods. It encourages reflection and identification of potential areas for growth and development. During the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Visualize the current state of their project
  • Gain awareness of their goals
  • Reflect on the resources and obstacles in their work

This process enables participants to develop a comprehensive overview of their project and identify the steps required to achieve their goals. The workshop provides a good basis to develop the internal maps used in Workshop II.

Workshop II: Mapping your path – Exploring your academic journey by the systemic tool of internal maps

The systemic instrument “internal maps” can be used to reflect the challenges associated with a research project. In this Workshop, each participant will develop their own internal map. Imagine, you are at the top of the mountain and can fly like an eagle over your own personal landscape. What would be your “homeland”, and what be new on the horizon? In this sense, your PhD and Post Doc period may appear as a landscape – including zones of drought and sources of inspiration. The goal of this workshop is reflect on your personal landscapes and enrich the maps you have made of them.

We shall follow a five-step processes of internal mapping:

  • Localize your position
  • Clarify your current location
  • Target your destinations
  • Specify your destinations
  • Approach transition and change

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