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[Xmca-l] Re: Sociocritical Literacies and more context



Luisa - Yrjo wrote about collective zopeds in Learning by Expanding in his
story of the
seven brothers. I may have used the same term in writing about the
5thDimension.

Rob -- I am not sure about how to relate comfort zones to zopeds. Meanings
of both terms are, of course, as they say, open to interpretation. :-)
However, you might find the following article about resistance and zopeds
useful.
mike

On Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 10:43 AM, Luisa Aires <laires11@gmail.com> wrote:

> I absolutely agree, Michael. My approach is proximal to what you consider
> "to think of it as re-search in a more literal sense, to go through the
> process of finding again". But sometimes, we need to catch more
> conventional words to create common understandings ;-)
>
> Mike, I am wondering to find more information about colletive zoped. Where
> can we find it?
>
> Best,
> Luísa
>
> 2014-12-30 17:03 GMT+00:00 Glassman, Michael <glassman.13@osu.edu>:
>
> > Are either research techniques at all in the traditional sense?  And do
> we
> > kind of confuse things by using the traditional phrase to describe it.
> > Research in traditional academics is done to know and change might some
> day
> > come from knowledge.  Are approaches like "testimonios" and "narratives
> of
> > life experience" done more to change, and change will lead to a new type
> of
> > knowing.  Is it better to think of it as re-search in a more literal
> sense,
> > to go through the process of finding again.
> >
> > Michael
> > ________________________________________
> > From: xmca-l-bounces+glassman.13=osu.edu@mailman.ucsd.edu
> > [xmca-l-bounces+glassman.13=osu.edu@mailman.ucsd.edu] on behalf of Luisa
> > Aires [laires11@gmail.com]
> > Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 11:30 AM
> > To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> > Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Sociocritical Literacies and more context
> >
> > Hi Manuel
> >
> > Thank for your enlightening post.
> > Is it correct to state that "testimonios" and "narratives of life
> > experience" are synonymous research techniques?
> >
> > Best,
> > Luísa A.
> >
> > 2014-12-30 0:53 GMT+00:00 Espinoza, Manuel <Manuel.Espinoza@ucdenver.edu
> >:
> >
> > > Hello everyone,
> > >
> > > Hope this note finds you all well.  Just adding to the conversation on
> > > literacies, social dreaming, the Migrant Program at UCLA (I was one of
> > many
> > > that served the students during the early 2000s) and testimonio.
> > >
> > > The idea of testimonio as an aspect of the "concrete" is cool.  To my
> > > mind, within that realm of really rich Soviet/Russian thinking,
> > testimonio
> > > can be thought of as one way that human beings  remake social life
> guided
> > > by intellect and heart.  (Think of what testimonio accomplished in the
> > > context of 1980s Central America or mid-1990s South Africa.)  But the
> > idea
> > > of testimonio as an aspect of the "abstract" seems right on as well.
> > > Testimonio is also meaningful and comprehensive thought that explains
> > > reality better than what we had before.  Testimonio in the Migrant
> > Program
> > > seemed to be both.  Thus, as the beloved Rusos teach us, you can ascend
> > to
> > > both abstract and concrete.
> > >
> > > I think about the time and effort that went into creating the
> > > autobiographies (a form of testimonio) that Profe Gutiérrez references.
> > > They were a culmination for us as a scholarly community.  And they left
> > > people altered.  (Another cool insight inspired by Hegel and Marx -
> when
> > > humans learn, they become altered matter.  Living, breathing matter,
> > > capable of experiencing.  And in the words of Piaget, I believe,
> > > experiencing our experiences.)  The versatility, the many facets of
> > > testimonio are beautiful to ruminate on.  Given my life experience, I
> > > rejoice in thinking about the ways that testimonio - bearing witness to
> > > life via narrative - can give historical depth to a person's actions,
> to
> > a
> > > community's actions.
> > > To illustrate, I remember putting together the reader for the program.
> > We
> > > would stay all night in Moore Hall with making copies and feeling
> > energized
> > > in thinking about migrant families sending their high school-aged
> > children
> > > to reside and study with us for a month.  The way I pictured those
> > families
> > > - and this is key for people like Marx Wartofsky who cared deeply about
> > the
> > > actual look of our imaginations - was through a long corridor of
> > > experience.  It was just me at 2am extending the look down the hallway,
> > but
> > > instead of a wall at the far end, I pictured families I knew, and
> > imagined
> > > the ones I didn't know.  I could see them and they could see me.  Our
> > work
> > > was similar in that instant: preparing the way for the youth.  At
> times,
> > it
> > > was incredibly vivid, but that grew over time and through the many
> > > testimonios we fostered and experienced.  Even the testimonio requires
> > > witness for it to live on.  (See: Carolyn Forché  and her "poetry of
> > > witness.")  And that, too, had to be learned to an extent.  Who showed
> > me?
> > > Hector Álvarez, Carlos Tejeda, Profe Gutiérrez, Miguel Zavala, Shirin
> > > Vossoughi, the migrant parents, and others.  Now, that was a scholarly
> > > community.
> > >
> > > Forgive the somewhat long message.  I been looking to post for years,
> but
> > > in the words of the Ents from Middle Earth, I wanted to say something
> > that
> > > took time to say.  See you again in 2018 :)
> > >
> > > Respetuosamente,
> > >
> > > Manuel Luis Espinoza
> > >
> > >
> > > Manuel
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Department of Education and Distance Learning, Universidade Aberta
> > Centre of Studies on Migrations and Intercultural Relations (CEMRI)
> > R. Amial, nº 752, 4200-055 Porto, Portugal
> > laires@uab.pt
> > www.uab.pt
> >
> >
>
>
> --
> Department of Education and Distance Learning, Universidade Aberta
> Centre of Studies on Migrations and Intercultural Relations (CEMRI)
> R. Amial, nº 752, 4200-055 Porto, Portugal
> laires@uab.pt
> www.uab.pt
>



-- 
It is the dilemma of psychology to deal with a natural science as an object
that creates history. Ernst Boesch.