Category Archives: Conferences

Two upcoming paper presentations

This entry is reposted from Yu-Ling Lee’s PhD Research Blog:

I am pleased to share that I will be presenting papers at two different conferences.

First, I will be heading down to Chicago for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting (April 16-20). It is the largest education conference in North America and I’m delighted to be presenting a paper for the ‘Spirituality & Education’ Special Interest Group. The paper is titled, Understanding Curriculum as Techno-Theological Text. Here’s the abstract:

This paper is based on the writings of Ted Aoki, the Japanese-Canadian scholar at the forefront of the re-conceptualized movement within curriculum theory. One possibility implied in Aoki’s work is inhabiting the space in-between technology and theology. As Aoki might ask: how we can linger on the bridge between technology and theology? The purpose of using the bridge metaphor, is to bridge technology and theology, to discern curriculum as techno-theological text. A reframing of this question is whether we can be in a mode of technology without defaulting into instrumentalization. This paper, then, is an attempt at making sense the multiple ways in which the words technology and theology can be understood within an Aokian framework.

I’ve been developing the ideas of curriculum as technotheology for awhile, and Ted Aoki is a wonderful curriculum theorist who speaks into both the theological and the technological. Hopefully I will get some constructive feedback and some great discussion. If you’re down at AERA, my session is on Thursday, April 16, 12-1:30pm at the Hyatt, West Tower – Green Level, Crystal B. For more info, go to this link.

In May, I will be participating in a 2-day symposium on the Significance of Study, held at UBC. I will be acting as a discussant, responding to Alan Block, Professor from the University of Wisconsin, who will be reading from a paper, titled, Study as sacred. I am excited for this opportunity as Block has written in the area of religion, theology, and education. For more info, here’s the website.

DBR and technotheocurriculum @ Provoking Curriculum Conference 2015

This entry is reposted from Yu-Ling Lee’s Phd Research blog:

I had the privilege of participating in the CACS 7th Biennial Provoking Curriculum Conference at UBC. As indicated by the title of the conference, the purpose was to provoke curriculum studies by attending to the multiple denotations of provoke: to stimulate, arouse, elicit, induce, excite, kindle, generate, instigate, goad, prick, sting, prod, infuriate, madden, ruffle, stir, and inflame.

The first day, our ‘How We Learn‘ research team presented a panel discussion about Design Based Research (DBR). The abstract is as follows:

In the second decade of the 21st century, to ask the question “how do we learn?” is to ask questions of “how we learn media and technology across the lifespan” (HWL). Formal educational systems are challenged by 21st century learning while researchers are challenged to document cognitive implications of new media and technologies. Over the past decade, our research program has empirically explored problems of learning media and technology across the lifespan. Our field and lab investigations focus on the problem of how (not whether) new media and technologies affect learning across the lifespan. With a core of graduate students, our research team has been immensely productive and original in reconceptualizing cognition, learning, media, technology, and their interdependencies with curriculum. This panel focuses on Design-Based Research (DBR) 2.0 methodologies.

The key objectives of this panel are 1) to profile methodological advancements and insights in DBR derived from lab and field-based studies; 2) to prompt discussion on DBR in context of new technologies and the design turn in DIY or maker culture. Providing empirical examples, this symposium introduces advancements in DBR and connects interest in DBR with understandings of design and engineering cognition. The format will be conversational and demonstrative, beginning with a series of focus questions to generate interest and audience discussion. A series of demonstrations of DBR will be provided as examples and to provide depth of understanding. The overall goal is to provoke new understandings of methodology in context of design-based research 2.0 into curriculum, media, technology and learning.

The second presentation consisted of Dr Stephen Petrina, Dr Franc Feng, and myself, speaking about the intersection of technology, theology, and curriculum. The description of our presentation is as follows:

In many ways, curriculum, technology, and theology emerge coincidentally or contemporaneously within Homer, specifically within the Iliad and Odyssey. The three are somewhat conceptually interrelated in Homer and subsequently Hesiod. In Homer, the concepts, practices and words are given their ancient meanings. Medieval and modern derivatives and meanings are in some ways are quite similar and in other ways distinct from ancient Homeric and Platonic uses. Our premise is that curriculum, technology and theology are co-emergent— mutually interdependent. We do not have one without the others. This is not merely semantics. By acknowledging these interdependencies we can begin to provoke and understand curriculum anew.

This panel provides three perspectives and papers on TechnoTheoCurriculum. The first paper, “On the History and Metaphysics of Curriculum,” describes ancient encounters with curriculum, technology, and theology as they co-emerge. Inasmuch curriculum refers to the loneliness of the long distance runner, it also refers to the Circum Maximum, Maxime Circe, or the Circus Maximus, referencing chariots and conjuring up a complex technotheological infrastructure. The second paper, “Understanding Curriculum as Technotheological Text,” provides a history of a late medieval and early modern re-emergence of curriculum and technology in a Protestant and Calvinist culture at the hands of Peter Ramus. This paper traces Ramist interdependencies of curriculum, technology, and theology through the seventeenth century in the work of William Ames and technometry. The third paper, “On the History of Hermeneutic Techniques,” traces a circle from twenty-first century understandings of curriculum, technology and theology through Augustine’s City of God.

And finally, just for fun, here’s a timelapse video of our technotheocurriculum session.

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Media Religion Culture 2012 Conference

The deadline is rapidly approaching for the Media Religion and Culture 2012 Conference, held in Istanbul 8-12 July 2012.  Browse the MRC OCS to upload proposals.

The International Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture is organized every two years by the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture. The first public International Conference was held in Boulder, Colorado in 1996, and subsequent conferences have taken place in Edinburgh, Scotland; Louisville, KY; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Sigtuna, Sweden; and Toronto, CAN.  The Center for Media, Religion, and Culture at the University of Colorado serves as the Society’s global secretariat.