Gregory Bateson Emeritus Professor of Communication
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania

“Escaping Entrapments in Uni-verses”
SATURDAY, APRIL 21 • 3:00p

Klaus Krippendorff researches the role of language and dialogue in the social construction of reality. Krippendorff’s current interests are fivefold, including: (1) identities, institutions, cultural artifacts, power, Otherness, and meanings; (2) emancipatory epistemology (hermeneutics) of human communication and the design of technology; (3) content analysis, semantics, pragmatics of social interaction, and related research methods; (4) conversation theory, information theory, and cyberspace; and (5) second-order cybernetics of complex communication systems and their reflexive, self-organizing, and autopoietic properties. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, including “How Do User Stories Inspire Design? A Study of Cultural Probes” (with Ozge Merzali Celikoglu and Sebnem Timur Ogut, Design Issues [MIT], 2017) “The Dialogic Reality of Meaning” (American Journal of Semiotics, 2016); “The Reliability of Multi-Valued Coding of Data” (Communication Methods and Measures, 2016); “Representation, Re-presentation, Presentation, and Conversation” (John Benjamin Pub., 2012); “Principles of Design and A Trajectory of Artificiality” (Journal of Product Innovation Management, 2011); “Conversation and its Erosion into Discourse and Computation” (Hampton Press, 2011); “Discourse and the Materiality of Its Artifacts” (Hampton Press, 2011); “Information of Interactions in Complex Systems” (International Journal of General Systems, 2009); “Towards a Radically Social Constructivism” (Constructivist Foundations, 2008); and “Cybernetics’s Reflexive Turns” (Cybernetics And Human Knowing, 2008).

He is author of five monographs, including Content Analysis: An Introduction to Its Methodology (Third Ed., Sage, 2013); On Communicating: Otherness, Meaning and Information (Routledge, 2009); The Semantic Turn:  A New Foundation for Design (CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2006); Information Theory: Structural Models for Qualitative Data (Sage, 2003); and Design: A Discourse on Meaning (Univ. of the Arts, 1994). Krippendorff is also co-editor of The Content Analysis Reader (with Mary Angela Bock, Sage, 2009). In 2004, Krippendorff was awarded, the Norbert Wiener/Hermann Schmidt Prize from the German Society for Cybernetics. and in 2001, the Norbert Wiener Medal in Cybernetics by the American Society for Cybernetics. In 1999, his Dictionary of Cybernetics was integrated into the Dictionary of Cybernetics and Systems (Principia Cybernetica Web). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Past President of the International Communication Association.