Re: iscar call

From: Jonna Kangasoja (
Date: Fri Apr 02 2004 - 06:15:03 PST

Below is the info on submissions and deadlines from the conference webpage
from 'program'.

Myself and some colleagues from Helsinki (Jussi Silvonen, Tarja Knuuttila,
Sami Paavola) have been planning to propose a symposium for Theme A/6.
semiotic mediation and meaning construction. This is a continuation of the
Finnish Iscar meeting last December, and especially the theory/methodology
stream that we participated in. Following that conference we are working
with such broad title as 'new forms of mediation'. Tarja has been doining
philosophical work on representations as epistemic artefacts, Sami has been
working on Peirce and trialogicality, Jussi has been doing close reading of
LSV Collected works and has been studying the unfolding research program of
LSV, and I have been working on an empirical case looking at a local
policy/governance model as a conceptual/material artefact transforming the
practices of information service provision in Finland.

In case someone on xmca would like to join us in building such a
symposium/double symposium proposal already at this preliminary stage please
send an e-mail to me jonna.kangasoja who-is-at We will send a more
focused invitation to contribute to the symposium a little later.



A proposal can be submitted for:

a paper that corresponds to one of the congress themes or subthemes.

a poster that corresponds to one of the (sub) themes of the congress.

a symposium that corresponds to one of the (sub) themes of the congress.

All papers will be organised in symposium sessions.

A symposium is allotted one hour and a half or two hours and contains 3 or
4 paper presentations followed by 45 minutes of plenary discussion. The
organisers strongly encourage participants to propose new and interactive
symposium formats: in addition to the regular paper symposium, one could
also think about organising a poster symposium, an interactive symposium
(papers have to be distributed and studied before participation), a point-
counterpoint symposium (two radically opposite papers are presented and
discussed). The program will promote regional meetings for different ISCAR


For symposium, paper and poster proposals: 10 January, 2005

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 March, 2005

Final digital versions of summaries: 7 April, 2005


All paper proposals must include: 1) title of paper, 2) authorīs name, 3)
mailing address, 4) e-mail address, 5) a 400-500 word summary (max), 6) a
reference to one of the congress themes/topics.

All symposium proposals must include: 1) title of symposium, and a
indication of the format chosen 2) title of papers, 3) name and address
information (mail addresses and e-mail) of organisers and participants, 4)
a 400-500 word summary (max) of each paper, and 5) a 250 word description
(max) of the theme of the symposium clarifying the relation of the
symposium to the congress theme or to one of its subthemes.

All singular poster proposals must include: 1) title of poster, 2) authorīs
name, 3) mailing address, 4) e-mail address, 5) a 400-500 word summary

Proposals must be submitted by e-mail and sent to:


The discussions of the congress will be thematically related as much as
possible. Below you have a list of main issues that may be discussed during
the congress. Participants should focus theirs presentations on one of
these subthemes

THEME A.- Theoretical and Methodological Issues

New trends in Cultural-Historical theory and research

Cognition in social practices

Diversity and heterogeneity of mind

Emotion and subjectivity in culture

Self, identity, and culture

Semiotic mediation and meaning construction

Narrative construction of self.

Methodological challenges in cultural and social research

Theoretical and methodological problems in Activity Theory

Qualitative research and social practice

Problems of the unit of analysis

THEME B.- Acting in changing worlds

Socialization, interaction, and human development

Ways of discourse, modes of thinking and forms of participation

Learning and knowledge construction in social practice

School practices, interaction, and discourse

Argumentation, negotiation, and intercultural communication

Literacy in changing worlds

Citizenship in changing world

Doing gender in changing world

Life long learning in changing worlds.

New technologies, communication, and identity

Working place and new technologies

New ways of teaching-learning and technology

Sociocultural approaches to therapy practices.

Intervention programs in institutions (design and assessment).

Lainaus Mike Cole <>:

> Lets assume iscar2005 will answer your good question, David.
> Meantime, there is the concerete question of what sorts of symposia
> folks are interested in and whether any of the xmca discussions invite
> a more extended, face to face, seminar in spain next year.
> mike

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