Dialectical Psychology

From: Mike Cole (lchcmike@gmail.com)
Date: Sun Jun 05 2005 - 18:44:54 PDT

Sasha Surmava sent this message to xmca, but somehow it seems to have ended
up only coming to me
(unless I am mis-reading the cybersigngs). In any event, it is of interest
to xmca and so I am passing it
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From: Alexander Surmava <monada@netvox.ru>
Date: Jun 5, 2005 5:30 PM
Subject: RE: Talk of courses and discussions
To: mcole@weber.ucsd.edu

 Dear Mike et al,

 As you know ISCAR has announced a possibility of creating sections. So
we've sent there a proposal. Here is its text.

 We a group of Russian psychologists and philosophers who are already ISCAR
members or in process of registration are going to establish an
international section of "Dialectical psychology" (the term belongs to

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

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 both in 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 in "Dialectical psychology" section of
ISCAR connect with us through website
or by E-mail:
monada@netvox.ru .

Alexander Surmava

 We hope that some of XMCA members will join us.

Now we are thinking about how to make our Moscow wide theoretical seminar on
cultural-historical psychology really international.

I hope that the theoretical level of it is already high enough to put before
us such goal. Those who can read and understand Russian can take a closer
look at it on my site

Anyway we'll try to do some steps to translation the most interesting voices
from our seminar into English, and the most interesting voices from XMCA
into Russian.

By the way, at last "The Vygotsky Institute of Psychology" is connected to
WWW. Its E-mail is

 Sasha Surmava

 Alexander V. Surmava

Ph.D. Assistant Professor

The Russian State University for the Humanities

The Vygotsky Institute of Psychology
Liapidevskogo str. 8-2-274

125581 Moscow, Russia

tel./fax: (095) 455-88-24

e-mail: monada@netvox.ru

*From:* Mike Cole [mailto:
*Sent:* Monday, June 06, 2005 2:57 AM
*To:* xmca@weber.ucsd.edu
*Subject:* Re: Talk of courses and discussions
 Time will tell, Kevin.
Lets see if there is sufficient interest to develop the requisite
On 6/5/05, *Kevin Rocap* <Kevin.Rocap@liu.edu> wrote:

Dear Mike, Phil, et al,

Greetings! Thanks for working to organize a discussion on language and CHAT.
I'm one of those with a perennial interest in the topic. ;-)

Of course I've worked with a lot of school-based and school-linked programs
on issues of second language acquisition and development, particularly in
dual language programs (with a healthy dose of interest in
home-school-community interactions issues) and so have some particular
interests from that angle. It seems to me we'll have a number of intriguing
and divergent as well as synergistic "objects" for a discussion framed under
this general topic. ;-) How could it be otherwise?

Related to my interest is an ongoing sense that folks who look at the issues
strictly from a language acquisition and development perspective, don't
always take into account the perspectives, theories and approaches of
multiculturalists (including issues of examining power relations, as well as
multicultural content and purposes in learning activities) and neither of
those groups, generally, seems to have much commerce with the learning and
cognitive sciences theorists (though there has been some progress recently).
And, then, of course, we have CHAT ;-) One thought for me is that CHAT could
help serve an integrative function with regard to these others, no?

I guess we'll see.

In Peace,

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