May 2007 marks the 90th birthday of Ernst von Glasersfeld. Ernst is known for his pioneering work in cybernetics, working in the 50s with Ceccato in Italy, and his development of Radical Constructivism, an epistemological position that is closely related to that of Second Order Cybernetics. At the ASC Officers Meeting in Washington DC in October it was decided to award him the Society's Wiener Gold Medal.
Alex Riegler and I hope to publish a festschrift at the time of Ernst's birthday and are writing to ASC members and others on the ASC list to invite proposals for contributions. We are soliciting 2 types of contribution: academic papers that critically develop and/or evaluate Ernst's own work, or relate personal work and interests to von Glasersfeld's work; and more personal items including biography, reminiscence and anecdote. We believe that a festschrift should recognise the person and celebrate his work, so all contributions should be focussed on and around Ernst's work even when presented through your own work. The first sort of paper will typically be 3500 to 5000 words long, the second 1000 to 2500 words.
We invite members to write to us with their proposals. These should take the form of attached documents not longer than one side, containing your name and email address, a working title, and a brief synopsis that presents the argument or anecdote to be developed. You should indicate which type of contribution you wish to make. Proposals should reach us by Friday 13 January. We will consider all proposals and select those which, together, show the most promise and paint the most complete picture, informing applicants of our selection at the end January 2006. Final papers for refereeing will be due in at the start of September 2006. Please address your proposal and any other correspondence to:
We are also looking for graphic and photographic material. Please advise separately if you have such material. Given that the publication is web based, we can also include sound and video material.
The festschrift will be published as the May 2007 issue of Constructivist Foundations (CF; see [www.univie.ac.at
]), an independent academic peer-reviewed e-journal. Its aim is to promote the interdisciplinary study of scientific foundations and applications of constructivist sciences.
Best Wishes and Season' Greetings,