Re: [xmca] FW: [ISCAR] Section Proposals

From: Wolff-Michael Roth (
Date: Sat Sep 03 2005 - 19:39:18 PDT

Hi Sasha,
I may have missed it--is there a specific time and place that we meet
in Seville; and is there an official subscription etc.?

On 3-Sep-05, at 5:35 PM, Alexander Surmava wrote:

> Hi all,
> inasmuch as Sevilla's congress is approaching
> and its schedule will contain a meeting of newborn sections
> I decide to address to all with a little announcement.
> Dear colleges,
> it's a little bit late to congratulate all of us with the
> registration of
> our newborn "Dialectical psychology section" - the event took place
> in the
> last midsummer - and it's high time to begin to work.
> Soon in Seville most of us will have a possibility to take a closer
> look at
> each other and to discuss our plans. But it will be helpful to get
> ready to
> our meeting and to begin our discussion immediately.
> As it strikes me we have to discuss several questions:
> 1. Information.
> I mean we can inform each other about all new ideas, publications,
> seminars, online or offline discussions wherever they take place.
> For example today I know three such events:
> a) Mike Cole's XMCA (in case of such constantly functioning
> forums as
> XMCA we can point at the topics of our closer interest)
> ;
> b) Peters Moxhay's XBDG group discussing the E.V.Ilienkov's
> "Dialectic
> of abstract and concrete in Marx's "Das Kapital"
> (besides the texts you can find there some interesting photos
> c) Offline "Moscow wide seminar on cultural-historical
> psychology". The
> audio records, photos and texts from seminar (in Russian) is
> available on my
> website
> d) Hope that some of section's members can prolong this list.
> 2. Technical means of our future communication.
> a) We have to open a registration list to have a possibility for
> E-mailing all interesting information to sections members;
> b) We have to organize a special website with web conference (a
> listserve discussion group), useful links, library of classic
> texts, audio
> and video records, photos, an electronic journal for current
> publications
> which lately can transform into a full size paper journal etc.; the
> replenishment of our site with materials of common interest will be
> the goal
> of all of us.
> c) Temporarily (before we will organize such a website) I invite
> everybody to my website
> and
> ;
> d) To inform all ISCAR members of section activity we will
> prepare a
> special part of the ISCAR Newsletter;
> 3. The most difficult problem is a problem of common language
> (English-Russian and Russian-English translation). Unfortunately
> among a
> group of Russian philosophers and psychologists - members of our
> section - I
> with my middling English am the best English speaker :-(. So if we
> wish to
> begin a real common international discussion we will need to solve
> a problem
> of funding of translation of our future conversations. Most of Russian
> philosophers know German, but still I think that working languages
> in our
> Dialectical community must be English and Russian.
> 4. Themes and order of our discussions. I do not want to
> forestall the
> colleges with this meaty question. Let's form the preliminary list of
> theoretic problems desirable to discuss in the immediate future
> collecting
> each voce.
> 5. The organization of summer schools for students and post
> graduates
> looks very useful.
> 6. One day we'll organize special symposia on the future ISCAR
> congresses, or organize a special section conferences or working
> meetings.
> 7. Finally I recommend for all participants of our section to
> pay
> attention to a new Newton Duarte's section because as far as I
> understand
> the subject of our sections is practically identical.
> If I've probably forgotten something essential I'll be grateful
> for
> specifications and additions.
> Sasha Surmava
> From: Mike Cole []
> Sent: Friday, June 10, 2005 8:29 PM
> To: Xmca
> Subject: Fwd: [ISCAR] Section Proposals
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: ISCAR Announcement <>
> Date: Jun 10, 2005 1:45 AM
> Subject: [ISCAR] Section Proposals
> To:
> Call for ISCAR sections
> Dear ISCAR Member,
> As mentioned in the last newsletter (Vol. 3, No. 4),
> ISCAR will give the possibility to organize sections
> around topics of particular interest.
> For more details, see:
> The Executive Committee is requesting that proposals be
> sent to them by 1 July, so that we can arrange for sections
> to meet as part of the ISCAR Congress program.
> As part of preparing such proposals, some groups of persons
> have proposed the following ideas as potential sections.
> You are encouraged to contact them if you are interested in
> participating with them, or if you have suggestions for
> modifying or expanding their proposals.
> Please note that all are still welcome to send a proposal
> for a section, even if they are not included here. Perhaps
> these proposals will help to inspire other ideas.
> If you have questions, then you are welcome to write
> to Seth Chaiklin:
> ______________________________________________________________________
> ______
> Steve Harris and Olav Bertelsen are interested in forming
> a section on information technology design.
> Here is a draft text for what will become a proposal for
> an ISCAR section on ATIT.
> The ISCAR section on Activity-Theoretical Information
> Technology Design (ATIT) will aim to bring together researchers
> and practitioners involved with the use of AT-based methods for
> the design and evaluation of computer software and hardware,
> information systems, human-computer interaction,
> computer-supported cooperative work, and computer-based work
> processes generally. We see the role of this section as being
> to promote and support an exciting and innovative
> multidisciplinary discourse which recognizes that the practical
> application of activity theory to the development of technology
> transcends traditional boundaries between the theoretical and
> applied sciences, and between science, art, and design.
> They are interested in getting feedback and suggestions, as well
> as hearing from those who might be interested in participating in
> such a section. Please write to: Steve Harris <>
> ______________________________________________________________________
> ______
> Fran Hagstrom is interested in establishing a section on "Cultural
> Functional Neuropsychology." The section would be grounded in thematic
> issues that pertain to the cultural historical correlates of
> individual
> mental functioning, particularly as these apply to children and
> adults with
> developmental and/or acquired differences. If you are interested in
> participating in such a section, or would like to discuss possible
> modifications
> or extensions of such an idea, then please contact Fran, after 20
> June, at
> <>
> ______________________________________________________________________
> ______
> We are a group of Russian psychologists and philosophers who are
> already
> ISCAR members or in process of registration. We want to establish an
> international section of "Dialectical psychology" (the term belongs
> to L.S.Vygotsky).
> Among us are Felix Mikhailov, Lev Naumenko, Alexey Novokhatko,
> Vladimir Kudriavtsev, Elena and Gennady Kravtsov, Elena E. Sokolova,
> Elena and Sergey Mareyev, Galina Mishina, Alexander Simakin, Gennady
> Lobastov and me - Alexander Surmava. Most of us are disciples of
> Evald Ilyenkov, Alexey N. Leont'iev or/and Vasilij V. Davidov.
> Each of us is involved in theoretical and experimental investigations
> in the fields of theoretical, educational and special psychology,
> methodology and epistemology.
> We are interested in wide international cooperation in the process of
> development of cultural historical and activity theory and practice.
> We are sure, that this development can and must be based on the same
> theoretical background on which Lev Vygotsky stood, on the basis of
> high European philosophical rationalism which is marked by names of
> Plato, Spinoza, Hegel, Marx and Ilyenkov.
> We are sure that wide international cooperation can give a powerful
> impulse to the development of our common work. Last year a
> theoretical seminar concerning problems of cultural-historical
> psychology was organized in Moscow. We are going to continue it in
> both off-line and on-line forms as well as to publish the results of
> our common search, to organize seminars, conferences etc., etc.
> We invite everybody who is interested to participate in a
> "Dialectical psychology" section of ISCAR to connect with us
> through the website:
> <>
> or by E-mail: <>
> ______________________________________________________________________
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