Online Seminar: Integration through Discourse: How do We Communicate, and Why?

“We need discourse. We need one another.” – Stanford Anderson

Coming 12 May, between 10:00 and 14:00 (CET), several action members will talk to each other in an online seminar about the role and value of discourse.

Over the past year-and-a-half, our action has fostered discourse. We have sustained a long and fruitful conversation; a series of arguments and debates, related to one another and governed by our shared interest in the relations that exist between literary narratives and the built environments of mid-sized European cities.
To broaden our conversation, this seminar has a double intention: On the one hand, we want to continue building on the series of online discussions developed by the other three working groups, which have allowed us to analyze and synthesize theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge about literary narratives and the built environment. On the other hand, we want to initiate a shift in our conversation; from one that is held among ourselves, to one that recognizes those interlocutors beyond our action that are essential to our discourse. The development of our Action requires that we talk about, with and to citizens, scholars and institutions.
In seven dialogues, different action members will talk about the ways in which these three kinds of conversations take place, and why it is important to have them in relation to our Action. Different discourses always imply different theoretical foundations, served by distinct instruments and methods, evident in different realities on the field. Notwithstanding differences, though, every discourse requires that all parties involved are able to recognize the meaning of, and are therefore able to appropriate, what is being discussed. In this sense, discourse is the sine qua non for integration.

With the participation of Klaske Havik, Karima Ben Salah, Anna Ryan Moloney, James Lawlor, Brikena Smajli, Stefan Çapaliku, Susana Oliveira, Matej Nikšič, Damjana Zaviršek Hudnik, Carlos Machado e Moura, Sernaz Arslan, Tadeja Zupančič, Fatma Tanis, Onorina Botezat, Ramona Mihaila, Jane Mcallister, Jorge Mejía, Mustafa Zeki Çıraklı, and Sonja Novak.

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