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Re: [xmca] ISCAR (review)

Thanks for the added ideas, Volker-- A broad spectrum for sure.

I have heard a couple of comments about a felt gap between theoretical focus
and real life, practical relevance.

Were there any discussions of the theory/practice relationship that seemed
to you helpful? Any good examples? I think this relates to the tension
between "teacher for the people" and "reviewers" but i am unsure.


, Sep 13, 2011 at 3:20 PM, Volker Bunzendahl <volker@volker.dk> wrote:

>  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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