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The narrative encounter: Tales and fairytales and systemic perspective on helping relationships

Riflessioni Sistemiche 12A new article on the journal Riflessioni Sistemiche, after the ones on “Visions of change in evolutionary biology and education” (2012) and “Evolutionary Biology: Processes and Patterns” (2011).

Serrelli E, Tosini F (2015). L’incontro narrativo: narrazione e fiaba nella relazione d’aiuto a orientamento sistemico. Riflessioni Sistemiche 12 (Jul 2015), “Narrazioni”, pp. 90-102 (online on http://www.aiems.eu). ISSN 2281-3373

Narrative and systemic perspectives in caring relationships are absolutely complementary under several respects, in spite of some debates that have assumed the contrary. The article explores this topic before illustrating how systemic counseling can employ a peculiar narrative genre: fairytale.

Keywords
Counseling – caring relationship – narrative therapy – pragmatics of communication – CMM Coordinated Management of Meaning – collective narrative practice

 

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.

Emanuele at the Anthropocene Campus:

More pictures at Haus der Kulturen der Welt website.

The goals and conditions of successful interdisciplinarity

In this conceptual analysis, we argue that the contemporary popularity of interdisciplinarity should be complemented by a deeper, critical reflection on its goals and on the conditions for its success. The goal of producing a surplus of knowledge should be interpreted as the production of new ways of thinking, and leave recognizable traces in the involved disciplines. Interdisciplinary success is closely dependent on particular conditions, i.e. an object, a goal, regular shared practices, and the researchers’ capacities for believing in and sticking to specific attidudes. Such conditions should be taken into serious account when interdisciplinary endeavours are planned and selected. We further argue that the highest goal of interdisciplinarity consists in the transformation of society and culture. The goal, related to science’s placement in contemporary society, has to do with the meaning and effects of research. Also to those disciplines that have less familiarity with science politics reflections could and should be challenged and stimulated by the highest goal.


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

Brambilla R, Serrelli E (forthcoming). The goals and conditions of successful interdisciplinarity. Some critical guidelines in planning, managing and evaluating interdisciplinary projects. Paradigmi. Rivista di critica filosofica, in press. ISSN 1120-3404 [http://hdl.handle.net/10281/49695]

Evolution Day. Nature and culture

Bambino che disegna

Is culture natural? Language and reading as an example

A public conference and a conference for high-school students on biological and cultural evolution.
In collaboration with City Museums of Como, Centro Filippo Buonarroti, and Pikaia webportal on evolution.


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

2012, Feb 9 (h.10.30 and 14.30) – Liceo P. Carcano, Biblioteca Comunale, Como, IT: Evolution Day: La cultura è naturale? L’esempio del linguaggio e della lettura. With Maurizio Casiraghi. Conference.

http://museicivici.comune.como.it

http://www.centrofilippobuonarroti.com

Perspectives on the evolution of evolutionary theory: towards an Extended Synthesis?

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

PRIN 2007 “The Adaptive Behaviour of Biological Systems and the Scientific Method”

“Riccardo Massa” Department of  Human Sciences Sciences

University of Milano Bicocca

Perspectives on the evolution of evolutionary theory: towards an Extended Synthesis?

Workshop with:

  • Keynote speaker: Gerd B. Müller Professor for Zoology, Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna; Chairman of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Altenberg
  • Discussant: Giuseppe Fusco Professor of Zoology, Dipartimento di Biologia, Università degli Studi di Padova
  • Discussant: Maurizio Casiraghi Researcher of Zoology, Dipartimento di Biotecnologie e Bioscienze, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca
  • Discussant: Luigino Bruni Professor of Political Economics, Dipartimento di Economia, Università di Milano Bicocca; CISEPS
  • Chair: Telmo Pievani Professor of Philosophy of Science, Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione “Riccardo Massa”, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca; national coordinator of the Research Program “The Adaptive Behaviour of Biological Systems”
  • Chair: Emanuele Serrelli Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione “Riccardo Massa”, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca; Researcher in the Research Program “The Adaptive Behaviour of Biological Systems”

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 h 9.30-12.30
Auditorium – Building U12 – Via Vizzola 5, Milano

The roundtable will put into discussion a particular perspective on todayʼs evolutionary biology, that is the persuasion that a growing body of discoveries and fields of studies is demanding an extension of the Modern Synthesis (MS), which was realized in the 1930s and 1940s around the development of population genetics. Massimo Pigliucci, one of the main advocates of the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis (EES), lamented in 2007 that for many evolutionsists «the MS provides the framework for current and future evolutionary biology, with no need to revisit the fundamentals», despite many novelties such as evolvability, phenotypic plasticity, epigenetic inheritance, complexity theory and more, which were unknown at the time of MS. On the other hand, there is a more “continuist” perspective that sees evolutionary theory as already grown, although perhaps in ways different from the establishment of a new synthesis. Furthermore, some researchers are not yet persuaded that the the newly described phenomena have sufficient relevance and empirical support to justify a broad theoretical revision. There are also, although lying completely outside the scientific field of evolutionary biology, perspectives that see the same biological mechanisms as symptoms of the need for an entirely new theory to supplant the neo-Darwinian synthesis (e.g. Fodor & Piattelli Palmarini, 2010). We invited Gerd B. Müller, editor with Massimo Pigliucci of the book Evolution: The Extended Synthesis (MIT Press, 2010) and author of an essay on “Epigenetic Innovation” therein, to present the open project of the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis. Different perspectives will surely emerge and interact thanks to the discussion with two affirmed Italian biologists with an interest in the theoretical reflection on the development of evolutionary theory: Giuseppe Fusco and Maurizio Casiraghi. Economist and CISEPS member Luigino Bruni will bring the debate on suggestions and possible implications for evolution-inspired modeling of social and cultural processes: a field which is more and more known as “cultural evolution”, although still in need of much conceptual development. Moderators of the roundtable will be Telmo Pievani and Emanuele Serrelli who will present and put into productive discussion the results of the biennial research program “The Adaptive Behaviour of Biological Systems”, co-funded by the Italian Ministero dellʼIstruzione, dellʼUniversità e della Ricerca Scientifica (framework PRIN 2007).

Gerd Müller’s keynote address

Giuseppe Fusco’s commentary

Maurizio Casiraghi’s commentary

Luigino Bruni’s commentary

Youth in a Foreign Country

valigia

When we enter new contexts, we bring with us a nice suitcase, full of important “pieces” of the places where we have been. This is even more evident in the big passages of life, when all our luggage must be immersed in the new situation and – after some shaking – opened and poured on the new bed. Every piece can be taken as it is and put in the wardrobe, or we may also find a new place or use for it. Moreover, we may throw something away because it becomes useless – but often we don’t get rid of anything, and making a kind of show we actually hide it under the bed: after all, we are attached to it, and furthermore, you never know…


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

Serrelli E (2009). Il giovane in comunità: crescere lontano dalla propria famiglia, il rapporto con gli adulti e coi coetanei. In Colombo F, ed., Ospitalità familiare e nuovi bisogni sociali: Il Bed & Breakfast Protetto per i giovani in difficoltà. Milano: Franco Angeli, pp. 207-216. ISBN13 9788856806663 [http://hdl.handle.net/10281/9828]

http://www.francoangeli.it/Ricerca/Scheda_Libro.asp?CodiceLibro=1130.1.4

http://www.oklahoma.it

http://www.cam-minori.org

Seminar: Youth in a Foreigh Country II

cam-trafiletto2007I partecipanti al corso cercano di immaginare che cosa c’è nella metaforica valigia di un ragazzo che esce dalla comunità… Novità rispetto all’anno scorso: si prende spunto dalle fotografie degli “strumenti di lavoro” che si utilizzano in comunità.


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

2007, Mar 17 (h.) – CAM Centro di Aiuto ai Problemi Minorili, Milan: Il giovane in comunità: crescere lontano dalla propria famiglia, il rapporto con gli adulti e con i coetanei. Seminar for families.

Giornalino CAM 2007

Seminar: Youth in a Foreign Country I

IMG_1457“Il giovane in comunità: crescere lontano dalla propria famiglia, il rapporto con gli adulti e con i coetanei”

I partecipanti al corso cercano di immaginare che cosa c’è nella metaforica valigia di un ragazzo che esce dalla comunità…
A partire da queste suggestioni, racconto della vita in comunità, con particolare attenzione a cosa potrebbe aiutare una famiglia che si accinge a ospitare uno dei “nostri” ragazzi… per accogliere al meglio il contenuto di quella valigia quando verrà aperta!


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

2006, Apr 8 (h.) – CAM Centro di Aiuto ai Problemi Minorili, Milan: Il giovane in comunità: crescere lontano dalla propria famiglia, il rapporto con gli adulti e con i coetanei. Seminar for families.