Culture Clashes: Social Construction & Cultural Ecology (Cultrue Clashes & Cu)

Venue: Wojewoda Wielkopolski

Location: Poznan, Wielkopolska, Poland

Event Date/Time: May 23, 2008 End Date/Time: May 25, 2008
Registration Date: May 23, 2008
Early Registration Date: Apr 30, 2008
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First Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (May 24th, 25th 2008) -



"We are particularly concerned with issues of cultural diversity, immigration flows, and the challenge of conflicting realities and values now confronting the world. Our hope is not only to illuminate the genesis and power of social realities, their potentials for generating conflict, but as well, insights into future potentials for moving toward a viable ecology of people and cultures. We would be most honored if you would agree to participate in this exciting event" - Kenneth J. Gergen

About The Conference Series

Paradigmatic Conservatism - The Social Construction of Pervasive Ecology, Ecology of People & Cultures:

In exploring a notion of pervasive ecology, an ecology includes people as rhetorical positioning, amongst paradigms, within the advent of globalization and the muting of cultural and national boundaries. Treated in this way, ecology, being a pervasive concern, serves as a non-Cartesian means to mediate between conservative and liberal issues.

Pervasive ecology also implies that cultures be considered ecologically, i.e. a "Paradigmatic Conservative" view of cultures, wherein those marginalized within their boundaries are viewed as a homeostasis as valid as liberal introduction.

Toward these regards of pervasive ecology, an ecology of people and cultures, we have coming here to Poznan a group of scholars, important, among other reasons, for their strong ability to criticize scientistic view points and their impacts on society and socio-ecological paradigms; with that critique, they provide better interpretations as to the challenges before people and the interests of their paradigms.

A scientistic viewpoint, in as much as it tries to assume pure objectivity, beyond cultural paradigms, "denies accountability for its observed occurrences. It denies accountability for the subjects of its studies when it says, 'this is just what is done and just what happens according to law-like cause and effect." And "it denies accountability for its own position, for the selections the scientists are making in what they discuss and what they find." (Shotter)

Especially as it comes closer to a physics model, that scientistic point of view tends even to lose track of the fact that people are biological creatures, requiring optimal, not maximal levels of need satisfaction; that they are living parts of interrelated, interacting and sometimes reasonably protected biological systems; that people are mammals, deeply caring about relationships; finally, people are story telling creatures, dependent on negotiating narrative histories of cultural paradigms to make sense, achieve ethical consensus and construct their lives.

Thus, the socio-ecological point of view of this conference series, by contrast to a scientistic view, calls for accountability to those marginalized from an "objective" or "relative" point of view of science, which is everyone, from time to time, a respect for paradigmatic conservatism all the more critical with the advent of globalization and the muting of cultural and national boundaries (e.g., with the E.U.) and the struggle for cultural survival (e.g., cultures such as Belarus).

Renata Graduszynska & Daniel Sienkiewicz

Proposed Speakers: Kenneth Gergen, Barnett Pearce, Richard J. Bernstein and more (e.g. Toulmin, Saunders, Gilligan). Proposed future presenters: Rom Harré, John Shotter, Stephen Littlejohn.

Two days would allow each professor to lecture by himself once, followed by a problematization and problem solving workshop; a third day would allow the professors to pair up for their final presentations. Professors not on the floor might comprise a group of questioners.

A text of presentations and relevant papers would be published afterward


Al Niepodleglosci 16/18

Additional Information

Poznan Poland, Honorary Patron - the regional government.