Borzoo Pourabdollahian – Towards a sustainable society through serious gaming

CISEPS – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences

Towards a sustainable society through serious gaming

Dr. Borzoo Pourabdollahian
Politecnico di Milano

Thursday, November 27, 12:00pm
Room U6-3143, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, Milano

Borzoo Pourabdollahian - Towards a sustainable society through serious gamingAbstract: The main challenge for societies is to find mechanisms to arouse among their citizens better insights about the importance of sustainability, and, more importantly, to encourage people to change their habits and behaviours towards being “sustainable citizens”. Serious games simulate real environments. They can be used as pedagogical tools in creating sustainable societies: players become motivated to behave in a sustainable manner in order to achieve the ultimate goal of the game, which represents a prosperity phenomenon. The seminar will present the audience with a set of games specifically designed to increase the player’s awareness about those activities and practices which are necessary for every specific sector of a society (e.g. Health, Science, Manufacturing, Education, Business, etc.) to turn sustainable. In particular, we will discuss the mechanisms laid in the design and implementation of each game to get better understanding of the ways in which learning contents are transferred into players’ mind and behaviour, in a scale from abstract knowledge to behavioural changes.

Borzoo Pourabdollahian obtained his PhD from Politecnico di Milano in 2014. His contribution is a guideline towards designing serious games in the areas related to manufacturing education. He has been involved in some projects funded by European Union under 7th framework program. Particularly, GaLA (Game and Learning Alliance) and TARGET (Transformative, Adaptive, Responsive and enGaging EnvironmenT). He has presented several papers in prominent conferences and is currently a reviewer of Journal of Transactions on Education.

Anthropocene Campus: Experiment in Higher Education

I participate in ANTHROPOCENE CAMPUSanthropocene, Berlin, November 14-22, 2014. I have been selected among “100 outstanding post graduates as well as actors from culture, society, and the arts”, nominated by prof. Elena Bougleux (University of Bergamo).

Encouraging new forms of transdisciplinary discourse and research THE ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT 2013/14 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (HKW) aims to investigate the manifold implications of the Anthropocene hypothesis for cultures of knowledge. If indeed humankind has become the dominant biogeophysical force, effecting changes on a planetary scale, how can the arts, sciences and humanities contribute to a critical awareness, understanding and responsible co-shaping of these transformations? How can creative and problem-oriented modes of knowledge production and educational practices be developed?

Copyright: Globaia, Planet Under Pressure, SEI, SRC, CSIRO. This film was commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, London 26-29 March, a major international conference focusing on solutions. planetunderpressure2012.net

The ANTHROPOCENE CURRICULUM addresses these questions by way of a cross-disciplinary experiment in higher education. Instigated by HKW and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG) the project has brought together a group of 27 renowned university teachers from science, humanities, and art & design to collaboratively develop a set of topics relevant to the Anthropocene in an attempt to encourage cross-disciplinary thinking, mutual learning, and civic commitment as integral part into the curricula of universities and research institutions.

This exemplary curriculum will be put into teaching practice at the ANTHROPOCENE CAMPUS taking place November 14-22, 2014 at HKW in Berlin. One hundred international participants will be given the opportunity to engage in this curricular experiment, contributing their own perspectives and expertise. The Campus provides a transdisciplinary co-learning space for scholars from a wide range of disciplinary, academic, and professional backgrounds and opens up a forum for exploring the scopes, scales, and designs of Anthropocene relevant knowledge. The ANTHROPOCENE CAMPUS will be a central component of a series of public events at HKW – including lectures, workshops, exhibitions, screenings, and artistic events –, by which the two-year ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT will come to its close. An essential part of the output of the ANTHROPOCENE CURRICULUM will be the collaborative production of an ANTHROPOCENE COURSEBOOK.

Species on the Threshold

Species on the Threshold: How Cultural Evolution Changes the Landscapes of Our Life

Emanuele Serrelli spoke on the relationship between cultural and biological evolution at the conference:

La specie sulla soglia: come l’evoluzione culturale cambia i paesaggi della nostra vita

Venerdì, 31 Ottobre 2014
16:30 – 19:30
Mostra d’Oltremare, Arena Flegrea, Napoli (Forum Internazionale delle Culture)

L’importanza di prendere atto che l’evoluzione sia divenuta soprattutto culturale è una delle principali responsabilità della nostra specie che ci vede “sulla soglia” di un cambiamento e di un apprendimento epocali. La cultura ha oggi il compito di attivare la responsabilità individuale e collettiva per essere all’altezza di questo processo di profonda trasformazione.

A cura di Amici della terra club dell’Irpinia associazione ONLUS e Hirpus associazione di promozione sociale. Part of the Series: Passavamo sulla terra leggeri: Culture, Educazione, Sostenibilità.

KeynoteVincenzo Moretti, Sociologo, responsabile della sezione Società Culture e Innovazione alla Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vittorio

RoundtableGiancarlo Blasi, ingegnere, socio di HIRPUS APS (moderator); Giovanni Mastino, fisico, Associazione Amici della Terra Italia; Luca Mori, filosofo, Università di Pisa; Emanuele Serrelli, filosofo della scienza, Università di Milano Bicocca; Giuseppe Bruno, ingegnere, Università di Napoli.

All videos here!!!

Emanuele Serrelli on the relationship between cultural and biological evolution:


2014, Oct 31 (h.16:30-19:30) – Org. Hirpus, Naples, Forum Universale delle Culture: La specie sulla soglia: come l’evoluzione culturale cambia i paesaggi della nostra vita. With V. Moretti, G. Blasi, L. Famiglietti, L. Mori, G. Bruno, R. Filippini. Public conference.

http://www.forumculture.org/event.cfm?id=663

Narrazione: Scienze, Metodi e Poetiche (specialization course, 2nd edition)

I teach in this specialization course at the University of Milano Bicocca. Look for more information on Academia.edu.

narrazione attenti al gufoPresentazione

Il corso si rivolge a tutti coloro che intendano approfondire nello studio e soprattutto nella pratica, ovvero nell’esperienza, gli aspetti formativi della narrazione nei suoi risvolti riflessivi, progettuali e prospettivi ma soprattutto operativi.

Il corso si propone di formare esperti in grado di padroneggiare e progettare il potenziale educativo e multidisciplinare della narrazione, sia all’interno delle consuete prassi educative e scolastiche, sia nelle ideazioni, progettazioni e realizzazioni di percorsi laboratoriali e di formazione che abbiano come metodologia preferenziale quella di tipo narrativo.

Le scienze della narrazione

In tal senso, il corso svilupperà il tema della possibilità narrativa in chiave interdisciplinare, accogliendo al suo interno esperti di discipline le più diverse, per poter esplorare la “narrazione” con lenti ora pedagogiche, ora letterarie, psicanalitiche, sociologiche, biologiche, terapeutiche, antropologiche, giornalistiche…

Verranno presentate le prospettive di chi fa della narrazione uno strumento o un ambiente di marketing, di vendita, di comunicazione; i partecipanti incontreranno docenti del mondo accademico ma anche esperti e professionisti della comunicazione, di altre culture, esploratori dell’elemento narrativo inteso anche come testualità del quotidiano, della sfera religiosa, artistica, cinematografica, teatrale, museale, fotografica, fino alle più recenti attenzioni e declinazioni del giornalismo in chiave biografica e dell’attenzione anche politica al valore delle “storie”.

I metodi e le poetiche della narrazione

Il corso esplorerà le declinazioni della narrazione attraversando la fotografia, il cinema, il teatro, il testo filosofico, il dialogo e la conversazione, il testo narrativo, epistolare, poetico, su web o altri supporti, i linguaggi e le modalità communicative e narrative dei mass media.

La proposta formativa si connota e si esplica in generi narrativi e soprattutto nel concetto e nelle forme della trama, che diviene un’esperienza di apprendimento, di espressione estetica, ma soprattutto una possibilità di visione e di risignificazione.

Obiettivi formativi e professionalizzanti

Il corso si rivolge a coloro che intendano attraversare in modo approfondito il territorio narrativo, per apprendere ed affinare un sapere connessionale che accoglie la grande complessità dei paradigmi del racconto. In termini professionali, i partecipanti al corso acquisiranno i codici per leggere il narrativo, nonché gli strumenti per crearlo, costruendo per sé una competenza assimilabile al sempre più attuale e cogente concetto di narratività capitalizzabile.

Segreteria didattica

Per informazioni sul corso è possibile scrivere all’indirizzo narrazione@unimib.it.

È inoltre possibile prendere appuntamento per un colloquio con la direttrice scientifica del corso di perfezionamento, dott.ssa Emanuela Mancino

Sede del corso

Il corso si svolgerà interamente presso il Centro di Alta Formazione Universiscuola – Villa Di Breme – Forno – via Martinelli 23, Cinisello Balsamo (MI).

Cloud Computing and Research

Gestire la propria banca dati bibliografica.

Mendeley è un sistema di gestione di articoli scientifici, che permette la catalogazione di file (di qualunque formato), il reperimento automatico di metadati, l’impaginazione delle citazioni e molto altro. Offre inoltre una pagina pubblica sul web in cui mantenere aggiornato il proprio curriculum accademico.

La partecipazione è libera.

Alla presentazione dei software faranno seguito un’esercitazione pratica e un momento di discussione sulle implicazioni dell’uso delle tecnologie nel lavoro di ricerca nelle Scienze Umane. I partecipanti sono invitati a presentarsi muniti del proprio laptop o tablet.

Questa iniziativa è promossa dal gruppo dei non strutturati del Dipartimento.


Look for it in the Talks page (with additional links):

2014, Nov 12 (h.13:30) – Doctorate Course in Education and Communication Sciences, Department of Human Sciences, University of Milano Bicocca, IT: Cloud computing e ricerca. Gestire la propria banca dati bibliografica. With Andrea Mangiatordi. Seminar.

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Welcome to my brand new website!

My door tag at NESCent, July 2014
My door tag at NESCent, July 2014

This is my new website.

It is already full of materials that were migrated from the former platform. Please be patient if the migration is not completed, yet: each and every publication or talk/lab is going to have a dedicated post.

You can navigate chronologically from the Publications page or from the Talks, Labs, Seminars page; otherwise, from the sidebar on your right, you can look for specific kinds of entries (papers, conferences, books, teaching, media, etc.) or navigate by topic with the tag cloud. I will do my best to keep you up to date on my academic activities.

Further below on the right toolbar, you also find a new “Have you seen…?” section that gets updated with news and interesting stuff I run into on the web. The section is linked with my Delicious account.

Stay in tune!

Cheers,

Emanuele

Lasting Teachings from Gregory Bateson

Abstract: Gregory Bateson’s thinking is an enduring source of renovation for our thinking. The deep effects of his writings are here exemplified by four key-words from his philosophical vocabulary: CREATURE, MAP, METAPHOR, and GRACE. The movements correlated with this key-words are explored in the different fields of pedagogy, biographical research, philosophy, natural sciences, psychological care. In consonance with Bateson’s teaching, these fields are connected with each other, and with life and experience. In Bateson, reflections on life, knowledge, storymaking, beauty are joined in a unique and recursive unity that will not stop nourishing itself and more people.

Key words: Gregory Bateson, Epistemology, Learning, Context, Constructivism, Scientific method, Biography, Structure, Nature


Look for it in the Publications page (with additional links):

Bella A, Galimberti A, Serrelli E, Vitale A (2014). Gregory Bateson ha ancora qualcosa da insegnare?. Paradigmi. Rivista di critica filosofica 2/2014: 155-181. ISSN 1120-3404 doi 10.3280/PARA2014-002009 [http://hdl.handle.net/10281/52024]

Visualizing Macroevolution

fig03b_simpson_modesThe adaptive landscape is an important diagrammatic concept that was conceived in population genetics. During the Modern Synthesis, in the first half of the Twentieth Century, the landscape imagery was used to represent evolution on a large scale, aiding in the construction of a common language for a new evolutionary biology. Not only historic adaptive landscapes by Dobzhansky, Simpson, and others are a record of how macroevolution was thought of in those decades; they stimulate reflection on ‘combination spaces’ that underlie them. In fact, any landscape diagram is the three-dimensional transposition of a multidimensional space of combinations of genes, morphological traits, or other kinds of variables. This is an important and enduring general point of awareness: the diagram displays some aspects of the considered space while hiding others, exposing the author and the user to incomplete understanding and to conflating different spaces. Today, macroevolution is studied as a multifarious exploration of spaces of possibilities of all different sorts, interconnected in complex ways: genotype spaces, molecular spaces, morphospaces, geographical spaces, ecological spaces, genealogical spaces. Actual macroevolutionary stories and outcomes are a subset of what is, in principle, possible in all of these spaces, composed by possible combinations—of genes, nucleotides, morphological traits, environmental variables. Visualizations of macroevolution are a challenge of showing both distinction and correlation between spaces of possibilities.

Keywords: adaptation, speciation, macroevolution, visualization


Look for it in the Publications page (with additional links):

Serrelli E (forthcoming). Visualizing macroevolution: from adaptive landscapes to compositions of multiple spaces. In Serrelli E, Gontier N, eds., Macroevolution: explanation, interpretation, evidence. Interdisciplinary Evolution Research series, Springer. [http://hdl.handle.net/10281/49988]

Cultural Traits and Multidisciplinary Dialogue

…We have walked on a fine line: the notion of a cultural trait is interesting because it has something to say to many sciences, but, paradoxically, also because it generates harsh conflicts on top scientific journals more and more frequently. Historical linguistics and cultural evolution are two of many fields where these clashes happen, and we want to hint to those conflicts before delving into the contribution we have to offer.

For all the represented disciplines, the book constitutes a first step towards an ever-deferred interdisciplinary dialogue, and towards the construction of common working platforms. For the reader, Cultural Traits is a way to enter a representative sample of the intellectual diversity that surrounds such an important topic as culture, and a means to stimulate innovative avenues of research. Each of the involved disciplines enters the debate with a self-presenting attitude, emphasizing its own methodological practices, and explaining whether and how cultural traits have a role in its own research programs and epistemic goals. Along these lines some chapters are more methodological, while others address case studies, and methodological aspects are inferred more indirectly. Are there differences in aspects of culture that are studied by different disciplines? What definitions of cultural traits are on the table? How do we delimit a trait? How is the problem declined at different observational scales, and which scales are most in focus? Do traits travel in geographical space, and how? Are there other relevant spaces? How are traits modified in their diffusion? Is it possible and useful to build models of this diffusion? Only a strong multidisciplinary perspective can help to clarify these problems about cultural traits, by means of which we understand our precious heritage, cultural diversity…


Look for it in the Publications page (with additional links):

Panebianco F, Serrelli E (forthcoming). Cultural traits and multidisciplinary dialogue. Introduction to Panebianco F, Serrelli E, eds., Understanding cultural traits. A multidisciplinary perspective on cultural diversity. Springer, Chapter 1. [http://hdl.handle.net/10281/49987]

Macroevolution: Explanation, Interpretation, Evidence

Macroevolution –defined as an observation– is uncontroversial: speciation, branching of higher taxa, and trends happen all the way by and large through the evolutionary history of life on our planet. They still happen today, although extremely difficult to observe due to the discrepancy in time-scale between evolution and our life, but this is actually true also of microevolutionary processes that normally take at least several generations to become apparent. Big novelties such as structures or bodily organizations emerge. We also have major transitions such as the origin of eukaryotes and multicellularity. Beyond observation, when the explanation of macroevolution is at issue, different positions are on the table: we have discussions and famous polemics and “macroevolution campaigns” in the history of evolutionary biology that still go on today. Is macroevolution seamlessly explained by the same mechanisms, models, processes, laws as microevolution, i.e. variation, heritable fitness, selection, drift – seen mainly at the genetic level? Or is macroevolution not only pattern, but also process (cf. Stanley 1979); that is to say, are there genuinely macroevolutionary processes that explain the patterns better than microevolutionary processes do? Is macroevolution something in need of explanation, or is it an explanation itself? Some of the classical weapons in support for a genuine macroevolutionary explanation – such as the individuality thesis about species, or the process of species selection – have been seriously questioned. At least, this appears from the current status of evolutionary literature. The explanatory role of macroevolution has been pushed by a group of evolutionary biologists since the 1970s, in a movement tied to the birth of palaeobiology. Such story, with the positions that emerged therein, is the important scenario against which macroevolution is received and dealt with today. But, below the public surface made largely of charming in-principle positions, there has been an intense development of reflections, methodologies, and case studies by specialists of plants, animals, microorganisms, and cultural artifacts as well. An important implication of the “macroevolution wars” was that the strategy of extrapolation from known mechanisms can blind evolutionists instead of helping them to see patterns. Stasis and bursts of innovations, for example, are compatible with microevolution, but weren’t predicted by it. On the other hand, the problem of seeing and measuring is a problem of interdependence between the mechanisms we know and the patterns we are enabled to see. Evolutionary biology is full of these epistemological loops. How are researchers co-tuning their data on the one hand, with their models and theories on the other? Are there processes and mechanisms that specifically are macroevolution in the current explanatory apparatus actually built-and-used by researchers? Why are these necessary? And, most importantly, what’s the evidence that they really operate out there? This book is about current methodologies in evolutionary biology. It brings together leading theoreticians and empirical researchers, specialists of different periods and taxonomic groups, neontologists and paleobiologists. It is about methodology, evidence, measurement, and explanation, and gives a fresh look to macroevolution towards the future. Where is (macro)evolutionary biology heading to?

Alawi, Y; Becks, L; Bokma, F; Casetta, E; Eldredge, N; Futuyma, D; Gontier, N; Marques da Silva, JML; Minelli, A; Salthe, S; Serrelli, E; Stigall, A; Tëmkin, I; Wood, B


Look for it in the Publications page (with additional links):

Serrelli E, Gontier N, eds. (forthcoming). Macroevolution: Explanation, Interpretation, Evidence. Springer. [http://hdl.handle.net/10281/49988]