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

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

PhD Course: The Implications of COVID-19 for Socially Inclusive Transformations to Sustainability

Calling all PhD students interested in inclusive and just transformations. Registrations are closing soon for this online PhD course from 7-11 Dec at the University of Oslo focusing on socially-inclusive responses to COVID-19. Co-hosted by Karen O’Brien. Deadline for applying November 16th. https://www.uio.no/studier/emner/sv/iss/SGO9206A/index.html Continue reading PhD Course: The Implications of COVID-19 for Socially Inclusive Transformations to Sustainability

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

AERA Cultural-Historical SIG (30) Call

We are looking forward to receiving interesting paper proposals for the forthcoming Cultural-Historical Research Special Interest Group (SIG #30)of the AERA Annual Meeting taking place in Orlando, Florida, April 9-12, 2021.  The Cultural-Historical Research Special Interest Group (SIG #30) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) is a diverse grouping of researchers who approach learning, development and social change from a cultural-historical, socio-cultural and/or activity theoretic perspective. … Continue reading AERA Cultural-Historical SIG (30) Call

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?

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”