CRVP International Conference in Iasi

Join CRVP’s International Conference organised in Iasi, Romania by the RVP Center at  Alexandru Ioan Cuza University on October 27-28, 2017 under the title:

Re-Learning to Be Human for Global Times:

How Intercultural Encounters (Re)Shape the Contemporary World

As intercultural encounters both home and abroad have become a common event, they bring together individuals and communities, leading to a confrontation of cultural differences and humane similarities. Beyond their challenges, such interactions may generate a new awareness of the other and of the self and an enhanced understanding of what it means to be human.

This conference proposes to investigate the different forms and effects of intercultural encounters, both real and virtual, and to discuss how they shape the contemporary world and their possible impact on re-learning to be human. It aims to find out whether intercultural encounters could produce new forms of communication and revise cultural definitions.

Abstracts can still be submitted by mid-October. More details about the conference are available here on CRVP’s website.

August invitation: Through the Ceiling

Be it for a sacred space or a seat of power, a common area or a private room, the ceiling represents the upper limit of livable space, as perceived from within. It transforms natural space into a domestic environment. Ceilings are paradoxical elements: their protective obstruction can be creatively turned into a physical or symbolic opening to the above, thus making present what they conceal.

In older and newer cultures alike, ceilings function not so much as a boundary of vision, but as a reflection of a reality which is otherwise not visible and which permeates or makes itself present through this particular physical border. The architecture of roofs and the treatment of the ceilings ultimately reflect a culture’s understanding and symbolic representation of what is above, a beyond opening from top to bottom.

Have you ever noticed a remarkable ceiling? How does it reflect the material heritage and spiritual intuitions of a culture?

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July’s trip: A Chinese Story

What is a journey without a tale? Whether we take a package tour or venture off the beaten track, to a nearby location or in a distant foreign country, we return with a story to tell. Travellers are storytellers by default, making up their own tale on the way.

What could be the story behind the photos below?

 

One possible story: A country that rewrites itself every 5 years. Can you imagine returning every few years to a city that is periodically erased and rebuilt from the ground up? What remains of it?

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Workshop preview

Here is one example for our Workshop on Artifacts in Intercultural Encounters:

The National Pastime of America: Baseball. Why is a slow, plodding game,  derived from Cricket, the favorite sport of a nation of frenetic activity and constant change?

baseball

by John Farina

Feel free to bring any artifact you consider relevant or its image/sound recording, accompanied by a one-page commentary.