Schedule of the Workshop
European Conference on Complex Systems 2006 (ECCS '06), Said Business School, University of Oxford, 25-29 September 2006

Principal organizer Doug White, co-organizer Peter Turchin
Living Roadmap for Complex Systems Science
The Complex Systems Network of Excellence, "Exystence", and the Roadmap for Complexity
download the ONCE Roadmap pdf and from the Roadmap: What is Complex System Science?

Reminder: participants and speakers will need to bring along some form of photo ID (passport, or driving licence, or university ID, etc.) when they arrive. Sorry that security is a bit over the top over here.-Felix

NEW LINK TO THE SAID CabDyn people page (our hosts) in the Complex agent-based Dynamic networks group

SATELLITE WORKSHOP at the Sept 25-29 ECCS06 (google that) in Oxford on Social and Network Complexity.

Title: Social and Historical Dynamics. Co-Hosted with the James Martin Institute for science and civilization

List of Attendees needed for Admission -- Add Guests by emailing Doug White!

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Themes: Emergence, Robustness, Resilience, and Coevolution in Historical, Social, and Network Dynamics

Seminar Room A: 2-day sessions: Sept 28th and 29th
Discussant: Sander van der Leeuw


  • Henry Wright sends regrets but check out his new line Atlas of Chiefdoms and Early States coded for measures of complexity. He may even show up here.
  • Like Henry, all conference partipants are invited to submit papers related to themes of the workshop to the Structure and Dynamics eJournal (drw for one is doing so; Turchin and Algaze have already published there and each received over 1,300 full text pdf downloads). If we get enough papers from the session we will put them in a special issue, and the time from full peer review to publication is fairly short! Since we can keep multiple issues open some could even go into Henry's issue (1#4) while others start up in Volume 2.
  • Andrej Korotayev, Artemy Malkov and Alexandder Nemirovsky have sent a link to their Open History imaging site for the longitudinal representation of city growth, default 2000 BCE -2000. The data are now about 20% of what they want to complete. Adobe Flash Player is required. The orange hand allows you to alter the geographic focus, e.g., to China. The idea complements my 2005 site showing intercity networks in the same GIS context. Andrew Sheratt's ArchAtlas pursues a similar them with world images of trade connections.

    9:00-1:00 Sept 28th Thursday The Sumerian Takoff: An update on the evidence' Algaze Background paper

  • Carl Knappett, Exeter, and Tim Evans and Ray Rivers. Imperial College, London. 'Physical and Relational Networks in the Aegean Bronze Age'
  • Tony Wilkinson, Department of Archaeology, Durham University. 'Social Dynamics, Environment and Settlement in Ancient Mesopotamia: Simulations from the MASS Project' MASS papers Background paper on the MASS project and Simulation language by John Christiansen and Mark Altaweel
  • Art Griffin and Charles Stanish, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, 'Simulating Lake Titicaca Basin settlement patterns circa 2500 BC - AD 100' Background streaming video
    Stanish and Griffing send their regrets as they cannot make it on these dates
  • coffee at 11:00 (Since Griffith/Stanish cannot make it get your cup of coffee and watch part of their streaming video!)
  • J Stephen Lansing 'Reading social structure from the genome: gene flow and word flow in eastern Indonesia' with live link to: 'SAIL - An agent-based simulation of rule-based marriage and genetic relatedness' / see also new book: 'Perfect Order: Recognizing Complexity in Bali'
  • Discussion: Modelling and Simulation

    2:00-6:00 Sept 28th (Thursday)

  • Emily Erikson, Amherst, and Peter Bearman, Columbia, Dynamics of East Indian Company Trade Malfeasance and the Foundations for Global Trade The Structure of English Trade in the East Indies, 1601-1833 American Journal of Sociology 111:6. Emily Erikson is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Peter is in Sociology at Columbia and directs the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
  • Quentin van Doosselaere, Nuffield, Oxford Conf Paper PDF 'Long Distance Trade Partnerships and Social dynamic in Medieval Genoa.'
  • tea at 4:00
  • Camille Roth, 'Social Dynamics of Epistemic Communities' Background paper
  • Discussion: Networks and Complexity

    Discussants: Sander van der Leeuw / Tim Evans
    9:00-1:00 Sept 29th Friday

  • Peter Turchin, (Cliodynamics site) 'Historical Dynamics: An update on Secular Cycles by Subcontinents' Background paper Background primer
  • Douglas White, Laurent Tambayong and Natasa Kejzar, Conf Paper PDF Early PPT slides in PDF 'Discovering City-Curve Oscillations: Historical Dynamics as a Reactive System for China, 900 CE to the Present.' Background paper on network simulations, for trading and kinship networks from Physical Review E The Social Circles Network Model Natasa will be here thursday morning only. Laurent, who planned to be here, sends regrets.
  • coffee at 11:00
  • Adam Kuper, 'The Clapham Sect: How to Build a Network and Change the World.' Background streaming video
  • Cyril Grange, 'Matrimonial Networks of the French Jewish Upper Class in Paris - 19th century - 1950' abstract Background: New History of Paris
  • Discussion: Historical Dynamics, Networks, and Emergence

    2:00-6:00 Sept 29th (Friday)

  • Doug White, Woodrow Denham, and Michael Houseman, 'Kinship, Complexity and Historical Dynamics' Background page on complexity in classificatory kinship Background page on complexity in Middle Eastern kinship (Houseman sends regrets; Denham is able to participate and fluent in both classificatory complexity and the Middle East, two of our reference points) MSH Background paper
  • Klaus Hamberger, 'Techniques and methods in the study of kinship networks and structures (TIPP project) - case study of a matrilineal clan in a patrilocal framework (South-east Togo)' Abstract MSH Matrimonial Ring Structures
  • Douglas White, 'Trading Networks, City Hierarchies and Secular Cycles - Where to go from here in structure and historical dynamics?'
  • tea at 4:00
  • Discussion: Kinship Networks, Complexity, Social Evolution, and Cross-Cultural Comparison

    Note: Any of the discussion topics are open for any of the sessions, and our overall discussant will assist

  • Tim Kohler sends regrets but makes available a new paper relating to the Turchin Model: Population and Warfare: A Test of the Turchin Model in Puebloan Societies
  • John Padgett sends regrets along with two new papers with Paul McLean - Economic Credit and Elite Transformation in Renaissance Florence, American Journal of Sociology, accepted for publicaiton, 2006, and Organizational Invention and Elite Transformation: The Birth of Partnership in Renaissance Florence American Journal of Sociology, 111: 1463-1568, 2006.
  • Robert McC Adams sends regrets as proposed discussant

    further invitees: as co-discussant with Carlota Perez (invited)

  • Jonathan Friedman "Globalization, migration, culture: world system historical dynamics" or Title TBA

    still to be contacted or possible further invitees

  • Carlota Perez, Honorary Research Fellow, SPRU Science and Technology Policy Research, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow,University of Sussex, UK, Since 2006, Perez is Professor of Technology and Socio-Economic Development at Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia. streaming video lecture. "Acclaimed for the further development, together with her close colleague Chris Freeman, of Schumpeter‘s concepts of the entrepeneur and that of economic cycles or surges, something Business 2.0 has termed the Schumpeter-Perez-Freeman thesis." Her book on this issue, Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital. The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages came out in 2003.
  • Colin Renfrew, Genes, peer polities, and Prehistory in Europe? or Title TBA
  • Cyprian Broodbank, UC London
    ONCE-CS stands for Open Network of Centres of Excellence in Complex Systems. It is funded by the European Commission by the FET unit (Future and Emerging technology) of the IST (Information Society Technology) priority of Framework 6. It will continue the work of the Exystence network (5thPCRdT).