Mike’s Coffee Chats #5: Formative Interventions – Examples

In the spring semester of 2020, Mike Cole participated in a course offered by Kris Gutiérrez at Berkeley billed as an introduction to cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT). The course was attended by roughly 50 scholars from various parts of the US and Europe. A special concern of the participants was to create a dialogue across generations to re-generate the critical foundations of CHAT. At the end … Continue reading Mike’s Coffee Chats #5: Formative Interventions – Examples

Mike’s Coffee Chats #4: Metaphors to think with: ropes, crevices, and trees

In the spring semester of 2020, Mike Cole participated in a course offered by Kris Gutiérrez at Berkeley billed as an introduction to cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT). The course was attended by roughly 50 scholars from various parts of the US and Europe. A special concern of the participants was to create a dialogue across generations to re-generate the critical foundations of CHAT. At the end … Continue reading Mike’s Coffee Chats #4: Metaphors to think with: ropes, crevices, and trees

Mike’s Coffee Chats #3: Learning & Development

In the spring semester of 2020, Mike Cole participated in a course offered by Kris Gutiérrez at Berkeley billed as an introduction to cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT). The course was attended by roughly 50 scholars from various parts of the US and Europe. A special concern of the participants was to create a dialogue across generations to re-generate the critical foundations of CHAT. At the end … Continue reading Mike’s Coffee Chats #3: Learning & Development

Mike’s Coffee Chats #2: Utopia & Utopian methodologies

In the spring semester of 2020, Mike Cole participated in a course offered by Kris Gutiérrez at Berkeley billed as an introduction to cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT). The course was attended by roughly 50 scholars from various parts of the US and Europe. A special concern of the participants was to create a dialogue across generations to re-generate the critical foundations of CHAT. At the end … Continue reading Mike’s Coffee Chats #2: Utopia & Utopian methodologies

Mike’s Coffee Chats #1: Critical Chat Concepts

In the spring semester of 2020, Mike Cole participated in a course offered by Kris Gutiérrez at Berkeley billed as an introduction to cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT). The course was attended by roughly 50 scholars from various parts of the US and Europe. A special concern of the participants was to create a dialogue across generations to re-generate the critical foundations of CHAT. At the end … Continue reading Mike’s Coffee Chats #1: Critical Chat Concepts

Is It Smart to Humiliate China?

By James V. Wertsch, jwertsch@wustl.edu Building on ideas of Vygotsky, Luria, and Cassirer about the semiotic mediation of human discourse and mind, this short article assumes that national narratives are crucial, but little recognized forces in shaping national memory.  In this case, the focus is on the “Century of Humiliation” national narrative in China that is often in the background as the PRC interacts with … Continue reading Is It Smart to Humiliate China?

Vygotsky in Vietnam: An Interview with Định Lê Thiên, The “Old Vư-gốt-xki-an”

By Helena Worthen, helenaworthen@gmail.com In this e-mail interview, Helena Worthen engages in a conversation with the “Old Vygotskian,” Định Lê Thiên, founder of Gia Môn Sen Sáng Learning Center in Phan Rang, Vietnam. Some Historical and Cultural Background In the interview that follows, Định Lê Thiên describes the Gia Môn Sen Sáng Centre in Phan Rang, Vietnam. Foreign readers will ask, “If this is an alternative after-school program, what … Continue reading Vygotsky in Vietnam: An Interview with Định Lê Thiên, The “Old Vư-gốt-xki-an”

Enseñanza Universitaria Durante el COVID-19: 10 Principios Pedagógicos

By David Preiss. daviddpreiss@gmail.com 1. No estoy enseñando solamente. Estoy acompañando a mis estudiantes durante una pandemia. Ni mis estudiantes ni yo esperábamos que Íbamos a tener un semestre sin actividades presenciales. Nuestras clases online son también momentos de intercambio humano, no sólo de aprendizaje. 2. Este no es el momento para dudar de la honestidad de mis estudiantes. Transmitiré que confío en su capacidad … Continue reading Enseñanza Universitaria Durante el COVID-19: 10 Principios Pedagógicos

An Urgent Call from Mind, Culture, and Activity

In an editorial titled Humanity’s leading activity: survival, of the humanity of our species, the editors of Mind, Culture and Activity: An International Journal make an urgent call for scholars to address pressing issues, offering both the journal and the Cultural Praxis website as a two-gear system of dissemination. You can download the full editorial open access here. Continue reading An Urgent Call from Mind, Culture, and Activity

Playworlds, portals and airlocks between timescales: Generating hope in Brooklyn, early April, 2020

Richard Schechner refers to Winnicott’s transitional object as the blanket or stuffed animal that is the first “not-me,” representing the mother (primary caretaker) when she (he) is absent (pp. 111-112). For those of us who believe that to be human is to be social, such that there is no such thing as an individual human—this transitional object is the first connect to another. Continue reading Playworlds, portals and airlocks between timescales: Generating hope in Brooklyn, early April, 2020