RE: [xmca] ISCAR, XMCA, and your burning issues

From: Peg Griffin (
Date: Fri Sep 09 2005 - 22:43:08 PDT

Hi, Mike and other conferees,
I would like help for thinking about "leading activities" -- ontogenetically
and on a cultural scale.
First, I'd like to know how people are thinking about transitions from one
leading activity to another.
Second, are some categories or methods proving useful for some leading
activities but less so for others?
Third, do the ways to tell if an analysis works differ depending on the
leading activity being studied?
Fourth, what about contemporaneous "non-leading" activities?

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Behalf Of Mike Cole
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 9:40 PM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [xmca] ISCAR, XMCA, and your burning issues

Dear Colleagues--
 A number of us will be going to Sevilla, Spain at the end of next week for
an historic
meeting that brings together two overlapping groups of scholars who study
nature as the emergent outcome of biological, cultural-historical, and
social "factors."
 The variety of talks and symposia is impressive, as is the variety of
national traditions
being represented.
 You-all have been reading and commenting on many aspects of
socio-cultural-historical activity
theories of human development as subscribers to this distributed
 Whether you are planning to be in Sevilla or not, I think everyone would be

interested in what questions
you think need most urgent attention. What accomplishments you think most
need highlighting. What
measures can be taken to give voice to the diversity of interests, views,
and needs of you and your
 Might you pose questions and comments that others of us can take with us
and, upon return, respond to?
 I doubt if I am the only one who feels priveleged to be able to make this
trip. What, other than a lot of jet-lag,
might make it worth the time and effort?
 PS-- If you have not done so, check out the "clustermap" at the bottom of
the xmca web page. It is, to me,
an interesting representation of the international nature of this odd
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