revolution in the switch from physical interactions to ones that are mediated by information and communication technologies (ICTs). For example, a common refrain throughout the crisis has been ‘thank goodness for … FaceTime, WhatsApp, Messenger, Skype, Zoom
Intergenerational Kinship in the Time of COVID-19
. The Implications and Challenges of Curating as a Mediating Cultural-Political Practice While most of the contributors to Frakcija 55, now published more than eleven years ago, emphasized power relations within the artworld, they were less concerned
Reflecting on Public Performances of Resistance in a Pandemic Situation
mediated micro-interactions enacted in three homes in Italy, Austria and the United Kingdom. This resulted in an analytical framework detailing three layers of social intimacy: spatial/corporeal materiality, biography and mediation. Anthropologists and
Media consciousness and immediacy in the cultural production of the real
Mattijs Van De Port
Taking its examples from the realm of popular religion and popular culture, this essay shows how sensations of im‐mediacy are sought and produced in a great number of fantasy scripts. Some of these scripts seek to undo media‐awareness: concealing or denying the involvement of the human hand they produce the sensation that one's imaginations are not human fabrications at all, but immanent to the world. Other scripts, however, flauntingly reveal the mediation process and the workings of the human hand in it. Yet on closer inspection, these latter scripts oftentimes throw into relief the moment where – all the awareness of the medium notwithstanding – the mediation process is transcended. The cases discussed help the author to ponder the place of the medium in what he calls ‘the cultural production of the really real’.
Connecting Learning in a Field of Experience
Learning networks do not arise from nothing. They are born out of personal connections, exchanged conversations, constructed spaces, and shared visions. Other broader contexts (e.g., the theoretical contexts or funding policies available within a globalized economy) are also part of this landscape. The Museum Mediators in Europe course is one of such learning networks that came to be in 2013 with the aim of representing institutional and professional needs of mediation professionals in the European countries involved in this project: Portugal, Spain, Italy, Denmark, and Estonia. The project argues that a clearly defined set of best practices in museum education is called for and that leadership/mentoring programs for museum mediators should be utilized to foster professional learning communities within museums.
Sensational forms, semiotic ideologies and the question of the medium
Taking as a starting point the paradox that immediacy is not prior to, but rather a product of mediation, this article argues that the negotiation of newly available media technologies is key to the transformation of religion. Invoked to authorise sensations of spiritual powers as immediate and real, media are prone to ‘disappear’ or become ‘hyper‐apparent’ in the act of mediation. I argue that a view of media as intrinsic to religion requires a fundamental critique of approaches of both religion and media that posit an opposition between media and immediacy.
The Australian Town in Twentieth-Century Travel
expression of rural tourism. The rural ideal, mediated through visual and textual cues for the tourist has evolved to accommodate the local gourmet or artisan producer, an identity that incorporates global concerns of sustainable agricultural production and
The Case of the Hungarian Student Network in 2012–2013
Bálint Takács, Sára Bigazzi, Ferenc Arató, and Sára Serdült
community for the creation of new kinds of social structures and political practices. Having established these five content dimensions, we analyzed how they were mediated and transmitted to the wider public. Research Questions and Sample Here, we
The Semantics of Bwan among Three Generations of Wa and Lahu Prophets
Since the seventeenth century, prophets have reappeared periodically among the Wa and Lahu ethnic groups of mainland Southeast Asia. Exceptionally talented, these men built on the syncretic cults of runaway soldiers, secretive Buddhist sects, and Christian missionaries and became leaders of millenarian movements. Typically, in the Wa language, such leaders are said to be very strong and blessed, or full of grace (bwan). The prophets might be understood as reincarnations of mythical ‘men of prowess’ or as the representatives of the peripheral situation. However, both interpretations fundamentally misread the semantics of grace in Wa and neighbouring languages: a kind of cunning and strength that is so radical that it cannot be measured or mediated. Grace, here, is neither a ‘mediative concept’ (as Pitt-Rivers suggested), nor is it the consequence of Christian conversion. Instead, grace is the incommensurability that emerges at the margin of a world that is being measured.
Katalin Eszter Morgan
Since the 1990s researchers have explored the design features of instructional texts from a Vygotskian sociocultural perspective. This article draws on their work in order to formulate analytical questions. Selected examples from four South African eleventh grade history textbooks are analyzed in an attempt to understand how the application of design principles, or the lack thereof, affects the potential mediating function of the text for historical learning as a whole. The relationship between visual processing and analytical and affective thinking is introduced to the discussion. The article concludes by commenting on the sociocultural context of textbook production.