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Re: [xmca] ISCAR (review)

second thoughts, part 2:

the next session I attended to was:*Psychology of art and literature*, where *Ana María Rodriguez* talk about how art-workshops - for the participants, created an new way of self-experience, and change of memory, through collective and public participation.*Bella Kotic-Friedgut* talked about Vygotskys early years, his writings about Hamlet, about Dostojevski and his "antisemitism", about how theater and the revolution in USSR - for Vygotsky showed a contradiction, with similarity to our own role as researchers: Do we want to be "teacher for the people" or do we want to be "reviewers"... or both, as reflective practitioners? *Ann Maj NIelsen* talked about her work with children's use of, and understanding of first and second order symbolism. It demands that we are able to listen to children, and that we manage to ask the questions, where children talk about their experience. We will then be able to be open for understanding the role of Sensory Appeal (in first order) and Cultural Codes (in second order symbolism), which shape what we understand or do not understand.

the next day, key speaker number one, Lucy Suchman, about Human Artifact Interface. It was interesting, but her final point, that the best use of artifacts is in health care and the military, made me think: ok, we may only shoot healthy people? - bad joke, but it was not my cop of cafe late.

after that, *Elinor Ochs, Experiencing language.*
She showed us four different views, 1) language as representational , where she combined Kohut and Geertz in an interesting way. Here we see symbolic language as authentic, and the society as immoral, in contrast to Aristoteles positive picture of "the political animal". On the other hand, Wittgenstein shows us the opposite, symbolic language is in-authentic. View 2: (Lacan) Words as "master signifier", view 3: (Boas) Language is not one-to-one mappings. Language is inherently categorical. Language has indexical capacity. View 4: Everyday language in movement as an experience of unfolding meaning as a social and personal creation. Experience as performance - temporal unfolding living experiences..

I have to read some of her work, I think, and she closed by pointing to a book by Agamben: the coming community.

more to come ...

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