From intersubjectivity to interculturalism in digital learning environments

Azcarate, Asuncion LopeZ-Varela (2010) From intersubjectivity to interculturalism in digital learning environments. In: Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication 2010 Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication Vancouver, Canada, 15-18 June 2010. School of Information Technology Murdoch University, Murdoch, pp. 428-435.


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The paper presents the work of the research program “Studies on Intermediality as Intercultural Mediation” a joint international venture that seeks to provide blended-learning -both online and in-classroom- methodologies for the development of interculturalism and associated emotional empathic responses through the study of art and literary fiction.1 Technological development is consistent with human desire to draw on previous information and experiences in order to apply acquired knowledge to present life conditions and, furthermore, make improvements for the future. Therefore, it is logical that human agentive consciousness has been directed towards encouraging action at a distance by all possible means. The evolution in media technologies bears witness to this fact. This paper explores the paradoxes behind the growing emphasis on spatial metaphors during the 20th-century and a dynamic concept of space as the site of relational constructions where forms and structural patterns become formations constructed in interaction, and where the limit or border becomes a constitutive feature, immanently connected with the possibility of its transgression. The paper contends that the development of mass media communication, and particularly the digital turn, has dramatically impacted on topographical spaces, both sociocultural and individual, and that the emphasis on „inter‟ perspectives, hybridism, ambiguities, differences and meta-cognitive articulations of awareness of limits and their symbolic representations, and the desire either to transgress limits or to articulate „in-between‟, intercultural „third spaces‟, etc. are symptomatic of structural problems at the spatial-temporal interface of culture and its representations. Finally, the paper brings into attention research on the neuroscientific basis of intersubjectivity in order to point out the material basis of human knowledge and cognition and its relationship to the archiving of historical memory and information transfer through education. It also offers and brief introduction to the dynamics of SIIM.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Cultural Attitudes Towards Communication and Technology, Proceedings > CATaC Conference 2010
Depositing User: Sissi Kemp
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2013 18:37
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2013 14:08

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