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[Xmca-l] Re: ISCAR experiences, reflections, etc



Many thanks Alfredo for attempts to make the list more inclusive of new
participants and new perspectives. I am also mostly a lurker and occasional
contributor.

Unfortunately I could not take part in ISCAR due to simultaneous EARLI
conference in Finland. I greatly appreciated people's descriptions of their
experience.

I would also like to use this occasion to direct your attention to a
relatively recent initiative in the European Association for Research on
Learning and Instruction (EARLI), which is the main conference of learning
in Europe. There is now a special interest group (number 25) that is
focusing on Educational Theory. I co-coordinate with Rupert Wegerif
(Cambridge) and Giuseppe Ritella (Helsinki). XMCA members are very welcome
to join us in our effort to create spaces for theoretical deliberation in
research on learning and education. Next year in August we will organize a
small conference in Cambridge (UK) focusing on theories and methods.

Please also check our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/266528786889904/?fref=ts

Best, Antti

On Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 6:05 PM, André Machado Rodrigues <
rodrigues.am83@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Alfredo,
> It is a pity we did not meet during the conference. I think this
> overlapping with ERALI has probably prevented some of our colleagues in
> Europe to attend ISCAR -- lesson learned. ;)
>
> Jaakko, yes you are right, the next conference will be held in Natal /
> Brazil. I am looking forward to seeing you all here. Of course, you are
> most welcome.
>
> All your impressions are valuable to organizers of the next conference. I
> am one of those 'people that actually lurks into this list'; hence I will
> keep track on all relevant feedbacks. Building the conference upon the
> previous experiences is very important. In this regard, I was wondering how
> people see this experience of *'working group round table*' (wgrt). I'd be
> glad to get some feedback on that.
>
> Although, I acknowledge that *perezhivanie* is a sort of "new" trend in
> ISCAR. I did not have any opportunity to attend sections that explicitly
> address the topic, I know Fernando G. Rey e Nikolay Veresov had a symposium
> and a couple of papers on that, but it simultaneous with my own symposium.
>
> Best,
>
> André Rodrigues
>
> 2017-09-05 6:17 GMT-03:00 Rod Parker-Rees <R.Parker-Rees@plymouth.ac.uk>:
>
> > Dear Alfredo,
> >
> > I am sorry I did not get the opportunity to meet you at ISCAR.
> >
> > The highlight of the conference for me was the opportunity to explore a
> > wide range of different perspectives on key aspects of
> cultural-historical
> > research. The first meeting of the round-table discussion group focusing
> on
> > perezhivanie was well attended and somewhat chaotic, as a lot of people
> set
> > out their own understanding of the significance of this concept. Here
> there
> > was only time for an initial presentation of positions - and the
> beginnings
> > of exploration of disagreements but the topic was also addressed in many
> > paper presentations and the second and third round-table meetings were
> > smaller, allowing more extensive discussion, which I thought was
> > particularly valuable in clarifying why perezhivanie is such a useful
> (and
> > flexible) concept.
> >
> > Discussions at the conference illustrated the tensions between those who
> > seek to defend a core, 'true' meaning (through careful historical
> analysis
> > of documents and arguments) and those who want to loosen the boundaries
> of
> > what 'counts' as perezhivanie so that the concept can be used in new ways
> > and in new contexts. Having the opportunity to take conversations forward
> > beyond initial disagreement helped me to see the 'agreed' meaning
> > (znachenie) of perezhivanie as a fluid, dynamic product of continuing
> > interactions - both influencing and influenced by the particular
> > refractions of individual interpretations (smysl). Our 'own'
> understanding
> > is immeasurably enriched by opportunities to encounter and engage with
> > other people's perspectives - not just what they think and know but also
> > what they care about! My understanding of the writing of Fernando
> Gonzalez
> > Rey, Anna Stetsenko, Barbara Rogoff, Nikolai Veresov and many others will
> > be informed by what I have learned from seeing ho!
> >  w they present their own understandings but also, in different but
> > equally important ways, from seeing how they engage with other people and
> > with other people's ideas.
> >
> > All the best,
> >
> > Rod
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu [mailto:xmca-l-bounces@
> > mailman.ucsd.edu] On Behalf Of Alfredo Jornet Gil
> > Sent: 02 September 2017 19:36
> > To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu>
> > Subject: [Xmca-l] ISCAR experiences, reflections, etc
> >
> > Dear all,
> >
> >
> > I am still at Tampere, where the EARLI conference finished today, just
> one
> > day after ISCAR ended. Unfortunately, I committed to attending both
> > conferences and could only be the first days in Quebec. Still, I was
> > fortunate enough to catch up with many colleagues, to share some of my
> > work, and get to hear about that of many others that are doing great
> things
> > around the globe.
> >
> >
> > One (not so) surprising discovery I made was the huge amount of people
> > that actually lurks into this list, but who nonetheless very seldom if
> ever
> > write (whether for lack of time to delve into the sometimes quite long
> > posts/themes, or simply because they prefer to read than write). We all
> > knew and had talked about this, but it was quite remarkable the amount of
> > people I met (not only in ISCAR, but also here in Europe (EARLI).
> >
> >
> > So, now that I have met some of you, and that you have got to see and
> hear
> > more of ISCAR than those of us who had to leave earlier or could not join
> > at all. What was your highlight of the congress and why? It would be
> lovely
> > if some of you would take a step forward and tell us a bit of what you
> > found most interesting, what you found was missing, what you found should
> > have not been.
> >
> >
> > In can be the first: One of my favourite moments was listening to
> Fernando
> > G. Rey present without slides or any other device, passionately talking
> > about child development and claiming, "... for the first need of the
> child
> > is that of contact with other people"... I also very much enjoyed seeing
> > Mike in a several meters wide screen commenting on Engeström's Keynote,
> > rising the longest ovation I got to hear during my brief three days in
> > Quebec.
> >
> >
> > These are just anecdotes, but I would love if you could tell us more on
> > how it went for you, what you found there, for us who could not be
> there. I
> > think it would be very much appreciated by many, while we get the time to
> > have a look at the issue on unit analysis, and prepare the discussion on
> > the article from the last (third) MCA issue.
> >
> >
> > Alfredo
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