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

From: Alexander Surmava (
Date: Sun Sep 04 2005 - 15:20:01 PDT

Hi Wolff-Michael,


The meeting time of "Dialectical psychology" section is scheduled in
Congress program as follows: 18:30-19:00 thematic section meeting.

"ROOM A6. Dialectical Psychology

Alexander Surmava, Russian State University for Humanities, Russia

Newton Duarte, UNESP, Brazil"

I am not sure that any "official" subscription is necessary. The non formal
list of volunteers will be soon available on my website.







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


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: <>


> ______________________________________________________________________

> __



> ISCAR - International Society for Cultural and Activity Research


> Webpage: <>

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