- About ISCAR
Presentation of the Conference
The International Society for Cultural-Historical and Activity Research (ISCAR) (http://www.iscar.info/) (the section of South and Central Europe and Middle East), the School of Social Sciences at the University of Crete, and the School of Education at the University of Ioannina are happy to announce the organization of the International conference "Cultural Historical, Activity and Sociocultural Research at Times of Contemporary Crisis". The conference will be held at University of Crete (http://www.en.uoc.gr) which is located in the city of Rethymno during the 18th and 19th of June 2016.
Current cultural historical activity and sociocultural approaches face unprecedented challenges connected with the contemporary world economic, ecological, social and political crisis and its multiple forms of expression at different levels of human development at different parts of the globe. The conference aims to stimulate reflective discussions and to promote research on ecological, social, cultural, psychological and political impacts of the contemporary economic crisis on human development, as well as to denote perspectives of resistance.
The concept of 'crisis' is core and fundamental in cultural historical theory. It has been utilized by Vygotsky as a way to critique the state of psychology during the first decades of 20th century. The concept has also been applied by Vygotsky for the articulation of specific mechanisms related to psychological development. It seems that the concept of crisis continues to serve as a critical way for conceptualizing human development and building knowledge on the processes involved in human growth and change.