The Story of Metalogos

If 2002 was a year of Metalogos' "birth" in print form, if 2013 became a springboard to its "experimental" jump to the Web, then 2020 signifies the evolution and its creative raising course.

The recent, total re-construction and re-organization of this "historical" Greek, and international by now journal allows the dream of establishing a collaborative, creative relationship with anyone that finds a place of meeting in Metalogos.

After all, as a place of its creators' meeting, Metalogos had started back then at the beginning of its' story.

Metalogos has been the first systemic journal published in Greece by the Systemic Association of Northern Greece in 2002.

The beginning of it all was an idea of Efrossini Moureli, which was realized by the staff of The Mental Health Centre of W. Thessaloniki – the so called since then, "the systemic," public MHC - (Violeta Kaftantzi-Chasta, Ingeborg Schlaucher-Nikolaidou, Aikaterini Papaminou, Maria Pantelaki, Theodor Sfikas, Andreas Tsafos, Fany Triantafillou) together with quite a few of the founding members of the Systemic Association of N. Greece: Tasos Zisis, Virginia Ioannidou, Odysseas Mouzas, Alexandra Tsoukatou, Sofia Chatzigeleki).

Metalogos was named to honour Gregory Bateson and his homonym notion "metalogue", which he defines as a dialectic discussion about problematic issues.

Metalogos then, as a sort of reflective dialogue, a continuous experiment attempting to reach the limits of language/discourse/logos – since logos does not only mean, introduce or reveal, but it conceals too…

Celebrating the 10 years of a successful printed circulation with a Two-Day Event (2012), honoured by the presence of Mary Catherine Bateson and Wendel Ray, the idea of Metalogos to move on in electronic form "emerged and was adopted..."

So, in 2013 Metalogos went online with issue 23.

Having "Sciences of Psyche" – especially Psychotherapy – as a basic frame of reference, this journal has been attempting to support the Systemic Paradigm within the wider community of knowledge.

The journal Metalogos has been a collegial co-creation. It is hoped that it will go on contributing in shaping of Systemic Field in collaboration with readers, authors and creators.

It has been honoured by the friendly support of the Heads of the major Greek Systemic Societies, University Departments, and by great friends from abroad.

Since 2019, after an invitation, Metalogos has been included in the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin. Springer), which, as it informs us, "it incorporates seven decades of innovative developments in the field" of systemic therapy.

If form and content inter-weave and construct each other, could today's Metalogos be considered as a kind of innovative presence among the psychotherapeutic journals? Could, perhaps, "make a difference that makes a difference"?