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Dan Sultănescu: A special issue of the prestigious international American journal Cybernetics & Human Knowing, 29(3-4)

Dan Sultănescu: A special issue of the prestigious international American journal Cybernetics & Human Knowing, 29(3-4)

🆕📣🍀 We are particularly honored and happy to announce the publication of a special issue of the prestigious international American journal Cybernetics & Human Knowing, 29(3-4). I had the chance to be a guest editor for this special issue of the CHK journal, with Narrative, Cognition and Communication as the main theme, an issue that contains no less than 206 pages.

ℹ I want to especially thank the editor-in-chief of the journal, Professor Carlos Vidales, as well as his editorial team coordinated by Jeanette Bopry and Sara Cannizzaro, for this invitation and opportunity to coordinate an issue of the journal on such a sensitive and importance.

🆕ℹ In addition to the Foreword from the beginning of this issue, we had the chance to write an article together with Professor Bogdan Teodorescu entitled Faces of Fear in Political Discourse: How to Build the Image of the Political Enemy Through Speech.

In this article we analyze a recurring semiotic model of constructing the image of the enemy, or political opponent, from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes Greimas’s actantial theory ([1966] 1983) and the theory of emotional arcs (Dodds et al. 2011; Reagan et al. 2016), starting from two types of texts that are narratively structured, published in different socio-political contexts, almost 30 years apart, in the Romanian media.

🆕ℹ🍀The five thematic articles contained in this special issue are signed by renowned scientists, professors and researchers from universities around the world:

– Bruce Clarke is Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor of Literature and Science in the Department of English at Texas Tech University, and the 2019 Blumberg/NASA Chair in Astrobiology at the Library of Congress. His research focuses on systems theory, narrative theory, and ecology. Clarke co-edits the book series Meaning Systems, published by Fordham University Press;

Didier Tsala is Full Professor in semiotics and anthropology at Université de Limoges, Centre de Recherches Sémiotiques (CeReS). He is actually Deputy Manager of Viesanté Lab (Aging – Frailty – Prevention – Digital Health) inside Omega Health Institute at université de Limoges;

Seema Khanwalkar is a Professor, Adjunct Faculty at CEPT University, Ahmedabad. She teaches courses in Semiotics, Semantics and Design, Cultural Anthropology, Design Ethnography, Meaning and Design, and Representation of Space, to students of Architecture, Design, and Management. For 25 years she has also consulted to Indian companies on branding and communication strategies;

– Bogdan Teodorescu, SNSPA, Bucharest (RO), and Nicolae-Sorin Drăgan, SNSPA & “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași (UAIC), Iaşi (RO);

– Dana C. Sultănescu & Dan Sultanescu, Research Director la CPD SNSPA.

🆕ℹ I had the chance to write in the Foreword a few words about the precursor of cybernetics, the Romanian scientist Ștefan Odobleja:

„Regarding the principle of circularity in cybernetics, it is worth mentioning that the Romanian scientist Ștefan Odobleja (1938) is the first to introduce in psychology the principle of inverse connection of circular systems in his consonant theory of psychology – or the law of reversibility, which would become known as feedback –, ten years before Norbert Wiener (1948) transformed this principle into a technical-mathematical model and extrapolated it to biology, thus laying the foundations of cybernetics. Only in 1978, on the occasion of the International Congress of Cybernetics and Systems in Amsterdam, when 30 years of cybernetics were celebrated and the “Norbert Wiener” medal was launched, Ştefan Odobleja was recognized the world priority of the idea of of the generalized cybernetics.”

🆕ℹ Also, for this special double issue, we also benefited from three additional articles, the regular column of the American Society for Cybernetics (ASC), and a book review.

🆕ℹ Non-thematic articles are signed by:

– Louis H. Kauffman has a B.S. in mathematics from MIT and a PhD in mathematics from Princeton University. He is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kauffman works on topology, knot theory, quantum topology, form and cybernetics. He is the founding editor and editorin- chief of the Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications and the editor of the book series on Knots and Everything.

– Jesper Tække, Associate Professor in Media Studies and Organizational Communication at Aarhus University, School of Communication and Culture, Denmark.

– Bent Sørensen, Torkild Thellefsen, Independent scholars, Aalborg, Denmark, and Amalia Nurma Dewi, Malang State University, Indonesia.

ℹ ASC Column is written by: Kate Doyle – Department of Arts, Culture & Media, Rutgers University-Newark-, and Paul Pangaro, School of Architecture | School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

ℹ An excellent book review is signed by: Bill Seaman, Co-director of the Emergence Lab, Computational Media, Arts and Cultures, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, and Music, Duke University, Durham North Carolina, USA.

ℹ The Artist for this issue is May Elian. Full color art at Artist’s work can be found at

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