Imaginación sin precedentes – Desde la protesta social al plebiscito constitucional en Chile

By David Carré and Paul Cavada-Hrepich [AN ENGLISH VERSION OF THIS PAPER CAN BE READ HERE] El día 25 de Octubre de 2020, la ciudadanía en Chile aprobó reescribir la Constitución del país por enorme mayoría. Lo que puede parecer como un ejercicio democrático común para otros países es, probablemente, el acto más profundamente democrático en toda la historia de la nación. Lejos de ser … Continue reading Imaginación sin precedentes – Desde la protesta social al plebiscito constitucional en Chile

An unprecedented effort of imagination – From social protest to a constitutional referendum in Chile

By David Carré and Paul Cavada-Hrepich [A SPANISH VERSION OF THIS ARTICLE CAN BE READ HERE] On October 25th 2020, Chileans massively approved to rewrite their national Constitution. What might seem like an ordinary exercise of democracy for other nations arguably is the most genuine democratic act in the whole history of our country. This referendum, however, is not a coincidence but a direct consequence … Continue reading An unprecedented effort of imagination – From social protest to a constitutional referendum in Chile

Withdrawal to the ‘always already there’: a practice triptych

By Luigi Russi, Patricia Shaw, & Martin Daly I began to notice in my work some time ago that I had got into the habit of letting go of my moorings, of being at home being adrift, trusting that other faculties of sense-making would come to the fore (Daly, 2021). Preamble to the Triptych Central Panel: Social inquiry as dislocation by Luigi Russi This panel … Continue reading Withdrawal to the ‘always already there’: a practice triptych

Holding My Breath

A U.S. Election-eve Dream – 2020 On Monday, November 2nd, like many Americans and others around the world,  I went to bed thinking about the presidential election. That night I dreamed that I came upon a glimmering boat dock. The long pier-like structure stretched into the distance, but without a boat in sight. Its metallic construction blended in with the water, reflecting the grey sky … Continue reading Holding My Breath

Taking an agentive stance towards utopian Futures

By André L. L. F. Sales, PhD  – @andreluisleite. The COVID pandemic exposed the reality and consequences of the enormous inequalities characterizing the current living standards in the world. In the field of education, the impacts were so brutal that the United Nations (UN) launched a campaign entitled “Save our Future.” In this piece, I summarize some of these harmful effects, discuss a specific understanding … Continue reading Taking an agentive stance towards utopian Futures

“The Fierce Urgency of Now”

(Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)[i] Our commitment at this time of continuing struggle against oppression and structural inequalities   By Mind, Culture, and Activity Editorial Collective As we move into 2021, and are likely to confront continuing unprecedented crises, turmoil, and struggles for justice around the globe, the editors of Mind, Culture, and Activity (MCA) share the following statement.This statement is motivated by an acknowledgement of … Continue reading “The Fierce Urgency of Now”

Playing with Conscientização: A Collectividual Project for a World we Wish to See

By Bibi Calderaro, Atasi Das, Katherine E. Entigar, & André L. L. F. Sales [C]onsciousness, provided that we do not lose sight of its content, is not just a psychological phenomenon but also, and above all, an ideological phenomenon, a product of social intercourse. (Vološinov, 1976, pp. 114–115) In the midst of a global pandemic of unprecedented reach and uncertain unfoldings synchronic with an already … Continue reading Playing with Conscientização: A Collectividual Project for a World we Wish to See

TT01: Playing in the Pandemic

By Anna Harris & John Harris It started with a blurry little cherry tomato catching the overhead light during a video call. It did so in such a way that it gave the tomato two eyes. My dad (John) was holding the tomato to the screen, keeping my three-year-old (Bastian) amused with fruits and vegetables that were lying on the kitchen table nearby.  Our calls … Continue reading TT01: Playing in the Pandemic

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?