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Re: [xmca] AERA 2010: Symposium about Emotions and Symposium about perezhyvanie

Mabel, Ana,

I think these are great topic suggestions and questions. I believe there were 8 papers or so presented at the AERA 2009 symposium on emotions you two organized at this last AERA conference. I attended this symposium and really enjoyed it. Thanks for doing it - and now, for doing two more.

For the authors of these papers from this last symposium that are willing, could you make their papers available for xmca'ers, perhaps as file attachments? I have been meaning to ask about this. I got to read Lois Holzman's interesting paper from a hard copy she made available, for example, but haven't seen some of the other papers ... and would really like to. And others on xmca might like to see them, too. Might even generate some interesting xmca discussion ... :-))


- Steve

On Jun 24, 2009, at 2:36 AM, Mabel Encinas wrote:

Dear all,

This is an invitation to participate in two symposia: one about emotions, and one about the specific concept of "perezhyvanie". Ana Marjanovic-Shane will submit this second one, and I will submit the first one.

In both symposia, the idea of working about emotions involves two kind of research:

Research focusing on the study of emotions

Research that involve some analysis/discussion about emotions, rather than only superficially acknowledging them.

The challenge in these two symposia is to present what is what CHAT offers for the understanding of emotions, i.e. what is our research contributing to the understanding of emotions?, what are our findings?, and mainly, what are the implications for practice (both in terms of policy making and in terms of the work of practitioners) that make CHAT an important approach to develop? I see this as a collective task, in which many of us are engaged, and despite our differences, we are in the way of constructing a CHAT approach necessary to understand (and ‘do things’ taking into account) emotions, in the context of the educational and social challenges that we face in contemporary societies.

As there is a growing group of scholars that have worked about perezhyvanie (or maybe perezhivanije), a concept that is not easy to translate into English, the idea is that this might generate a particular interest in the concept, and its implications to research practices and other kind of practices in education. In this way, this particular symposium will be submitted for people that work on the concept and want to present what it offers to the understanding of emotions.

Why we want to submit two symposia?
Last year we submitted a ‘big’ symposium about emotions (i.e. a symposium with many presenters), and it can make more sense if we submit two, in order to have two slots to further discuss on these issues. This is why we thought that a second symposium could be submitted on this particular concept of perezhyvanie.

I suggest the following questions that we can address in both symposia:

How do you understand emotions in CHAT?

What is the specificity of CHAT compared to other (or another) approach(es): psychoanalysis, social and emotional learning –SEL-, emotional intelligence, emotional labour, emotions in contemporary neuroscience, etc.?

What kind of methodologies we have developed in CHAT in order to study emotions (audio, video, conversation analysis, etc.)? And how do these methodologies are linked to the theoretical construction of a CHAT approach?

How do we study emotions in CHAT to avoid 'dichotomies' such as cognition/emotion, individual/social, etc.?

What are the practical implications of the study of emotions in CHAT? This can involve considerations that go from practical implications (for example to practitioners such as teachers or psychotherapists), to political implications.

In the second symposia, this question would involve a discussion about the concept of perezhyvanie. Ana foresees that the fourth question might be particularly addressed in it, but all the other questions can make sense for engaging in rich discussions about emotions in this symposium as well.

In both symposia, the questions work as a general structure, which will be accommodated according to the people that express interest. You might want to discuss one, two or three of the questions. Please consider that the time is quite tight (possibly 10 to 15 minutes for each person). Depending on what the people that participate choose to discuss, the shape and focus that each of the two symposia will take. We might select to focus in one or some of the questions depending on the presenters’ interests.

As this year there was some criticism of the organisation in small groups, for next year we can try to have conventional presentations in a row, and maybe invite more than one discussant of the papers. However, other organisations might be agreed among the participants in each symposium.

All these are general outlines but the actual shape of each symposia will be defined depending on the interests of the people presenting.

What we need to do?

If you are interested, please send an expression of interest as soon as possible, defining in few lines what questions you would be interested in addressing. Please write to Ana (ana@zmajcenter.org) and me (m.encinas@ioe.ac.uk) – preferably please not to xmca, as this just saturates everybody’s inbox.

Then, by the 10th of July, please send what is stated by AERA call for proposals:

A summary (maximum of 500 words) of your paper/presentation which needs to address “the basic elements of a research or scholarly paper/presentation” (http://aera.net/uploadedFiles/Publications/Journals/Educational_Researcher/3804/301-322_05EDR09.pdf ):

-        Objectives or purposes

-        Perspective(s) or theoretical framework

-        Methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry

-        Data sources, evidence, objects or materials

- Results and/or substantiated conclusions or warrants for arguments/point of view

- Scientific or scholarly significance of the study or work. (Theoretical or methodological papers must include information equivalent to element 4.)

- Each presenter must indicate whether the research being conducted for the paper has been reviewed for human research protection and approved by an institutional review board (IRB) or that IRB review is “Not Applicable."

- Each presenter will be asked to indicate his/her willingness to participate in the AERA Online Paper Repository. Participation is encouraged. If the option is selected, the final commentary paper will be placed in the Repository.

- All presenters at accepted symposium, structured poster, working group roundtable, and demonstrate/performance sessions must prepare and upload a paper or commentary paper into the AERA online submission system at least three weeks before the start of the Annual Meeting. Papers or commentary papers are a maximum of 1,000 words. Papers will be available to all participants in the session.

Best wishes,


Mabel Encinas


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