This post is about being a co-author of a poster session on xmca at Seville.
I have decided to commit to going to the ISCAR congress in Seville, Spain,
scheduled for Tuesday, September 20 through Saturday, September 24. For a
variety of personal reasons, I delayed this decision until this week. But
now I am committed and excited about going.
Happily, the ISCAR organizers have extended the deadline to submit
proposals for papers, symposiums and poster sessions to this Sunday,
January 30. This means there is still just enough time to submit a
proposal for a poster session on xmca. We had some discussion about doing
this a few months ago here on xmca. Several people expressed interest.
Below is what I have come up with as a poster session proposal to submit to
ISCAR. It follows their submission rules, which I have appended at the bottom.
The point of this post is that I am asking that some of the xmca
participants that hope to attend ISCAR join me as co-authors of this
proposal. To follow protocol, as I understand it, at least one author
should have a PhD (which I do not). But besides that, I think a poster
session like this should reflect the xmca list as a group, and not just one
I will take responsibility for roughing out a text and graphics
presentation and taking on the bulk of the work for creating the materials
for the September poster session based on the proposal below. Of course,
whoever signs on as a co-author becomes part of the team that approves the
poster session in its final form. My point here is that signing on does
not mean taking on much work, it just means being a formal part of a
hopefully pleasant little project. One of my key goals is to have fun
creating this little poster session, and fun promoting the xmca discussion
list and its upcoming internet course at the Seville congress along with
other xmca participants that will be there.
Please read over the below and offer comments here on the xmca discussion
list, or e-mail me personally with your ideas. Absolutely nothing is
written in stone, so please feel free to speak up.
If you are willing to be a co-author of this poster session proposal, I
will need to know before Sunday evening.
Draft Proposal for a Poster Session on XMCA at ISCAR, September 2005, Seville
by Steve Gabosch, written January 28, 2005
XMCA: An international internet discussion list for cultural historical
activity theorists and students
Steve Gabosch … and ??
3. Mailing address:
Steve Gabosch, Seattle Washington … or ??
4. E-mail address:
<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com … or ??
This poster session will feature a brief history of the xmca internet
discussion list, including a report on the international on-line course it
sponsored in 2003. A similar course will commence in the fall 2005 or
winter 2006 that will be of special interest to people attending the ISCAR
congress. The essential theme of this poster session is that discussion
lists and internet courses such as xmca and its 2003 on-line “xmcacourse”
can be a successful way to generate meaningful discourse relevant to
activity theory, share thoughts and lines of inquiry along a wide variety
of paths, and draw people into participation in the general advancement of
cultural-historical psychology and the Vygotsky school.
The xmca internet discussion list at
http://communication.ucsd.edu/MCA/index.html is sponsored by the Laboratory
of Comparative Human Cognition (LCHC) at the University of California at
San Diego. Achieving its current name and form in 1995, it began in the
early 1980s as a coordinated group of academic discussion lists. The xmca
discussion list generally focuses on topics relevant to cultural-historical
activity theory (CHAT) and sociocultural research. It features regular
discussions of articles in the journal Mind, Culture and Activity and many
other writings posted by or linked to by list participants.
In January 2003, an ambitious international internet course was initiated
that attracted about 175 participants from dozens of countries. The
syllabus for this course was based on a course taught in the Communications
Department at UCSD called Mediational Theories of Mind. This course
featured writings by Vygotsky, Luria, Leontiev, Engestrom, Cole, Chaiklin,
Lave, Wenger, Marx, Ilyenkov and others. The course lasted about six
months and was well received. A similar internet course will be offered
toward the end of 2005 or beginning of 2006. Details of this upcoming
course will be announced.
6. Theme/subtheme that this proposal relates to:
Theme B) Acting in changing worlds
Subtheme - Ways of discourse, modes of thinking and forms of participation
from ISCAR website: http://www.us.es/glabahum/ISCAR2005/
ISCAR rules for submitting proposals:
All singular poster proposals must include:
1) title of poster, 2) author´s name, 3) mailing address,
4) e-mail address, 5) a 400-500 word summary (max).
Where to submit:
Proposals must be submitted by e-mail and sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
30 January 2005 is the DEADLINE for submissions to the First ISCAR Congress.
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 their presentations on one of these
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).
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