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[Xmca-l] Discussion of Article From Leigh Star Issue



Dear Colleagues- If you missed the announcement of a full free issue of
MCA, it is all to be found here:
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hmca20/current#.VZ_pGflVhBc





The special issue is devoted to essays about the work of Leigh Star, long a
friend, too briefly a member of the Laboratory of Comparative Human
Cognition and the Communication Department here at UCSD.



The fact that she and Geoff Bowker were active LCHC faculty indexes an
overlap between the theoretical ideas and empirical research of LCHC and
Science Studies, an overlap that seems to be worth exploring more
systematically.



The Editors are proposing for discussion the article by Alfredo Jornet and
Rolf Steier which is attached. They develop the concept of boundary object,
long associated with Leigh’s work in a manner that links it up to those
streams of ideas associated with

Embodied, situated, cognition. Their article also provides a bridge between
the discourses associated with the cultural-historical/activity approach
from which MCA emerged with those of performance theory, and hence linkages
to the use of the dramatic metaphor. A lot of relevant linkages. As they
summarize their work in the abstract:



*The authors’ analyses identify and describe bodily and discursive
practices of place– making and place-imagining that the participants
perform as they attempt to maintain continuity across these shifting
material forms and occasions.*



Seems well worth recommending for discussion. The authors become free to
join some time next week, so we might expect a start up some time next week
for those who have the time and inclination.


mike

-- 

All there is to thinking is seeing something noticeable which makes
you see something you weren't noticing which makes you see something
that isn't even visible. N. McLean, *A River Runs Through it*

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