Keynotes & Symposia

International symposia chaired by M. Kontopodis 

Chair: Symposium: Socio-materiality in learning and development (in collaboration with Fabienne Gfeller). International Society for Cultural-historical Activity Research Congress, Université Laval, Quebec: 28th August – 1st September 2017.

Convener of Special Event: “Socio-Material & Posthuman Configurations in Child & Youth Studies: Moving In-Between the Personal & the Collective”. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Manchester: 4-6 April 2017.

Virtual Pedagogy Seminars, University of Roehampton, September 2015 – April 2016 (with invited speakers J. Potter, J. Marsh, S. Banaji).

“Digital Filming, Multimedia & Youth Empowerment: Cultural-historical Insights”, Symposium in the 4th International Congress of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research, Sydney, Australia, 29 September – 3 October, 2014 (co-chaired with Wellington Oliveira)

“Digital Media and Education: The Role of Media in the Daily Lives of Marginalized Young People in Brazil, Russia, India, and Europe”, Research Forum in the 24th Congress of the German Society for Educational Research/ 24. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft
für Erziehungswissenschaft „Traditionen und Zukünfte“. Humboldt University Berlin, Germany: March 9–12, 2014 (co- chaired with Christoph Wulf, Nino Ferrin & Martin Bittner).

International workshop: Digital Media Research: Methodological Approaches –  Global Perspectives – Educational Challenges. University of Crete, Greece: October 21-24, 2013 (Chaired in collaboration with M. Dafermos & S. Triliva, financed by Marie Curie IRSES).

Interdisciplinary international symposium: Learning and Development with Digital Technologies: Cross-cultural Perspectives. Chaired in cooperation with N. Ulanova, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia: June 30–July 1, 2012.

Workshop: In-between Spaces & In-famous Voices in Contemporary Brazil: Challenging Education, Psychology and Society. Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil: March 3, 2011 (Chaired in cooperation with Maria Cecilia Camargo Magalhães).

2011 Congress of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research. Rome, Italy: September 5-10, 2011 (Member of the Scientific Committee)

PhD Day of the 2011 Congress of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research. Rome, Italy: September 04-10, 2011 (Co-Coordinator)

April, 9-10, 2010, Berlin/Potsdam: International Symposium: Situating Childhood & Child Development: Socio-cultural Approaches and Educational Interventions

Transdisciplinary International Workshop: Practice: Life: Multiplicity. Socio-material Orderings & Body Politics across the 20th and 21st Century, Humboldt University of Berlin, Potsdam & Berlin, Germany: July 9-11, 2009 (financed by the German Federal Ministry of Research & Education, in cooperation with Prof. St. Beck).

Bodies in-the-making: Series of Public Lectures with invited speakers from European Universities. Humboldt University Berlin, Germany: October 2008 – January, 2009 (financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research).

Symposium: Enacting Pasts and Futures: Memory, Identity & Imagination, Conference of EASA. Ljubljana, Slovenia: August 26–30, 2008. (in cooperation with Prof. V. Matera)

Children & Otherness. What happens when the anthropology of childhood and youth meets socio-cultural psychology? Symposium, Conference of ISCAR, San Diego: September 8–13, 2008.

International Symposium: Child Development and Everyday Action in Changing Educational Institutions II, Siegen, Germany: December 6–8, 2007 (financed by the German Research Foundation, in cooperation with Prof. Fichtner)

Challenging the Concept of Development in Developmental Psychology: Symbolic, Discursive & Material Aspects. Interactive Symposium, Conference of ISTP. Toronto, Canada: June 18–22, 2007.

Interdisciplinary Symposium “Materializations of Time: from Memory to Performance,” Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany: January 25, 2007.

International Symposium: Child Development and Everyday Action in Changing Educational Institutions, Free University Berlin, Germany: December 1–2, 2006 (financed by the German Research Foundation)

Invited Lectures & Keynotes

Invited Lecture: “Biopedagogies, Materialities & Sensuous Media in Learning & Development”. University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland: May, 20 2016.

Invited Lecture: “Hyperconnecting Youth in Critical Times”. Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry: April 27, 2016.

Invited Lecture M Kontopodis Mexico 2014

Keynote: “El Proceso de la Enseñanza Aprendizaje: Los Nuevos Medios y Los Viejos Problemas // Teaching & Learning Processes: New Media and Old Problems”. Escuela Normal del Estado, Division de Estudios de Posgrado, San Luis Potosi, Mexico: September 08, 2014.

“Is a Virtual Pedagogy a Pedagogy of Virtue? Old Problems and New Media”. Departamento de Investigationes Educativas, CINVESTAV, Mexico City, Mexico: August 25, 2014.

“New Media and Old Problems: Quo Vadit Education?”. Faculty of Psychology & Education, Free University Berlin, Berlin, Germany: 12 June 12, 2014.

Invited Round Table Discussion: “Coming of Age in a Hyperconnected World”. International Conference: Hyperconnecting Schools/ Forum: Digital Literacies in Brazil. Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil: May 17, 2014 (in Portuguese).

“Pedagogy of the Opressed in a Hyperconnected World: New Media and Old Problems”. Centro de Artes e Comunicação, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, Brazil: May 27, 2014 (in Portuguese).

“Hiperconectando Jovens de Todo o Mundo: Um Dialogo entre o Passado e o Futuro // Hyperconnecting Youth from all over the Globe: A Dialogue Between the Past and the Future”. Faculdade Paulus de Tecnologia e Comunicação, São Paulo, Brazil: May 15, 2014 (in Portuguese).

Coming of Age in a Hyperconnected World // Crescendo em um Mundo Hiperconectado. Faculty of Education, State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: May 6, 2014 (in Portuguese).

Keynote: “Transnational, Intermediary, Cross-Level, Multi-disciplinary, Meta-reflective: Exploring the future of education with digital media”. International Symposium “Global Perspectives on Learning and Development with Digit@l Media”. Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil: June 08, 2013.

“The Body as Network: Relational Approaches to the Body and Implications in Childhood Studies, Psychology and Education”. Transdisciplinary Symposium “The Absent Presence of the Body in Social Sciences, Art, Education and Health Sciences: Methodological Issues and New Perspectives”. University of Crete, Rethymnon, Greece: June 22–24, 2012 (invited lecture in Greek).

“What Comes After Cognition? Food-eating as a Point of Departure in Psychology and Education”. Workshop “The Rise of Child Science and Psy-expertise”. The Center for Research in International Medical Anthropology, Brunel University & Royal Anthropological Institute. London, UK: May 29-30, 2012 (invited lecture).

“Cultura Juvenil e Ensino Profissional (Youth Culture and Vocational Education)”. Web-conference at Centro de Artes, Faculdade da Educação, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitoria, Brazil: February, 28, 2012 (invited lecture in Portuguese).

“Digital Media, Material-Semiotics and Identity Making: Critical Reflections in Critical Times”. Conference “Discurso, Identidade e Sociedade”, Departamento de Linguística Aplicada, Universidade de Campinas & Departamento de Letras Modernas, Universidade São Paulo. Campinas, Brazil: February 14-16, 2012 (keynote in Portuguese).

“Innovative Educational Practices in the Countryside: University Research in Dialogue with Countryside Movements in Brazil, Espírito Santo” (with E. Foerste & G. M. Schuetz-Foerste). Faculty of Education, University of Crete, Greece: October 11, 2011.

“Analyzing Material-Semiotic Orderings in Everyday Life: Towards a New Methodology of Research in Social Sciences“. Department of Sociology, University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece: May 24, 2011 (invited lecture in Greek).

“The Landless Rural Workers’ Movement in Brazil Celebrates Its 25 Years: Contradictions and Open Questions“. Department of Anthropology, Panteion University of Athens, Athens, Greece: April 5, 2011 (invited lecture in Greek).

“Educação dos Sujeitos Periféricos: Da Reflexão Sobre Sui-mesmo e Sucesso Individual à Reflexão Critica & Desenvolvimento Coletivo”. Department of Education, Federal University of Porto Alegre, Brazil: March 18, 2010 (invited lecture).

“Children, Culture & Education: Interdisciplinary Approaches and International Perspectives“. Pontificia Universidade Católica de Sao Paulo, Brazil: March 10, 2010 (invited lecture).

“Cotidiano escolar e reflexão critica em Berlin e Califórnia/USA”. Department of Education, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Vitoria, Brazil: February 22, 2010 (invited lecture).

“Cups, Plates, CVs and other Material-Semiotic Orderings in Child and Youth Development”. Colloque “Psychologie du Développement, Sémiotique et Culture”, University of Lausanne, Switzerland: December 10-12, 2009 (Keynote).

“Matter matters: Doing Ethnography at School”. Conference “Ethnographische Forschung in der Erziehungswissenschaft: Felder, Theorien und Methodologien”, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany: November 26–28, 2009 (invited closing remarks).

“What is Healthy Food in the Kindergarten? A relational-processual analysis of eating & health-related practices in two kindergartens in Berlin, Germany”. Department of Anthropology, New York University, USA: April 24, 2009 (invited lecture).

“Time, mediation and human development: An ethnographic micro-analysis of two urban educational projects”. Graduate School of Developmental Psychology, City University of New York, USA: April 21, 2009 (invited lecture).

Papers Presented at Conferences by M. Kontopodis & colleagues

“Youth in Movement in Contemporary Brazil: Moving Stories of José, Carlos, Raquel, and Werá Mirim”. BERA 2016 Conference, University of Leeds, September 13-15, 2016.

“Youth Development in Critical Times: Doing Collective Pasts & Futures”. Conference of the South and Central Europe and Middle East Section of the International Society for Cultural-Historical and Activity Research “Cultural-Historical, Activity and Sociocultural Research at Times of Crisis: Implications for Education and Human Development”, University of Crete, June 18-19, 2016.

“Confronting the Challenges of Digital Media and Learning: Advancing the Debate to Education, Youth and Citizenship”. 4th International Congress of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research, Sydney, Australia, 29 September – 3 October, 2014 (with Wellington Oliveira).

“Transnational, multimodal, meta-reflective, participatory: Exploring the Future of Education with Hypermedia and Social Networks”. 24. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft: „Traditionen und Zukünfte“. Humboldt University Berlin, Germany: March 9–12, 2014 (with Christos Varvantakis).

„We Do Not Live Just on the Basis of Food“: Exploring the Landless Childhood & Countryside Education in Espírito Santo, Brazil. 2012 Inter-Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) “Children and Youth in a Changing World”. Bhubaneswar, India, November 26–30, 2012 (with E. Foerste).

“Dealing with Presences and Absences in Landless Workers’ Agro-ecological Communities in Espírito Santo, Brazil”. Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science jointly with European Association for the Study of Science and Technology. Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark: October 17–20, 2012.

“Are NEW Media Indeed NEW?“ Interdisciplinary International Symposium “Learning and Development with Digital Technologies: Cross-cultural Perspectives”, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia: June 30–July 1, 2012

“Digital Technologies & Emerging Youth Cultures: Multimodal, cultural psychological and anthropological perspectives”. International Symposium “Digital Technologies & Emerging Youth Cultures”, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia: April 27–28, 2012.

“Education, Marginalization and In-between Spaces in Contemporary Brazil. Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Methodological Issues”. Workshop “In-between Spaces & In-famous Voices in Contemporary Brazil: Challenging Education, Psychology and Society. Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil: March 3, 2011.

“Pure Reflection: From Velasquez to Postwar Cinema and From Foucault to Contemporary Multimedia Participatory Youth Research”. Paper to-be-presented in the: Interdisciplinary Symposium: Possibilities and Limits of Arts-Based Qualitative Research Methodologies. University of Crete, Rethymnon: November 25-26, 2011 (in Greek).

Michalis Kontopodis, Erineu Foerste & Gerda M. Schütz-Foerste: Landlose Kinder (Sem Terrinha): Postkoloniale Kleinlandwirtschaft und „Pädagogik des Landes“ in Espírito Santo, Brasilien. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft/ Kommission Pädagogische Anthropologie, Jahrestagung 2011, Katholische Akademie Trier: October 6, 2011

“Material-Semiotic Analysis, Cultural-historical Approaches and Open Methodological Questions on the Landless Workers’ Movement in Espírito Santo, Brazil” (Paper to-be-presented with Er. Foerste), Congress of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research, Rome, September 5-10, 2011. The summary of the presentation is available here: Kontopodis-Foerste-ISCAR2011-summary

“Critical Approaches to Socio-cultural-historical Research in Greece – General Introduction” (Paper to-be-presented with M. Dafermakis and M. Pourkos). Invited Symposium: “What happens when socio-cultural-historical theory travels? Critical perspectives from Greece & general epistemological issues”. Congress of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research, Rome, September 5–10, 2011. The text of the presentation is available here: SocHistCultGreeceISCAR2011

“Analyzing Material-Semiotic Orderings in Everyday Life at School: Towards a New Methodology of Research in Educational Psychology”. Interdisciplinary Symposium “Possibilities and Limitations of Qualitative Methodologies in Psychology and Education”. Department of Preschool Education, University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece: October 15–16, 2010 (in Greek).

“The Concept of ‘Relation’ and its Importance for the Dialogue Between Psychological and Anthropological Approaches and Educational Research”. International Symposium: “Anthropology and Psychology: Contemporary Challenges, Meeting Points and Perspectives”. Department of Philosophy and Social Studies & Department of Psychology, University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece: December 5–6, 2010 (in Greek).

“Studying Children & Childhood: In Dialogue with Other Fields & Approaches”. International Symposium “Situating Childhood & Child Development: Sociocultural Approaches and Educational Interventions”, University of Potsdam/ ISCAR, April, 9–10, 2010.

“Obesity Politics & Eating Matters in Berlin Kindergartens”. Congress of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, USA: December 2–6, 2009.

“Beyond the Preventive Self: Fieldnotes & Footnotes from an interdisciplinary project” (with Martin Döring, Christoph Heintze, Jeanette Madarasz, Jörg Niewöhner). International Symposium: Practice: Life: Multiplicity. Socio-material Orderings & Body Politics across the 20th and 21st Century. Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany: July 9–11, 2009.

“The Lived Experience of Time in School in Drawings and Language of Greek Students: A Multimodal Methodological Approach”. International Interdisciplinary Conference “Lived Experience, Metaphor and Multimodality”, Faculty of Education, Department of Preschool Education, University of Crete, Rethymno: October 10–12, 2008 (Poster, in Greek).

“Greek adolescents’ Perception and Metaphorical Representation of Time in Their Drawings and Speech”. International Interdisciplinary Conference “Lived Experience, Metaphor and Multimodality”, Faculty of Education, Department of Preschool Education, University of Crete, Rethymno: October 10–12, 2008 (Poster, in Greek).

“Prevention of early childhood obesity and politics of life.” Journée d’étude “Health policies, politics of life”, Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Enjeux Sociaux, EHESS-UP13, Paris, France: October 6–7, 2008.

“Fabricating Time and Youngsters’ Development in an Experimental School for Vocational Education”. Conference of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research, San Diego, California: September 8–13, 2008.

“Semiotic-Material Aspects of Memory Practices at school”. Conference of the European Society of Social Anthropologists, Lublijana, Slovenia: August 26–30, 2008.

“Child Obesity Prevention: a symmetrical approach to the everyday life of people and bodies in a healthy kindergarten“. Conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology & the Society for Social Studies of Science, Erasmus University Rotterdam: August 20–23, 2008.

“Time and Development in School. Socio-cultural Analysis of Individual Learning”. Conference of the Hellenic Society for Developmental Psychology, Athens, Greece: May 28–31, 2008 (in Greek).

“Obesity: Politics of Prevention through semiotic-material practices”. Conference: Politics of Life: Anthropological Perspectives on Health and Biosociality, Panteion University of Athens, Greece: May 16–17, 2008.

‘‘Towards a relational-processual approach to development & education“. 2nd International Symposium of Cultural-Historical Anthropology and Cultural-Historical Psychology, University of Siegen, Germany: December 6–8, 2007.

“Processing Time & Unlimiting Human Development”. Conference of the International Society for the Study of Time, Monderey, California: July 28–August 3, 2007.

“Development as Involution”. Conference of the International Society of Theoretical Psychology “Beyond Borders: Transdisciplinarity and Internationalization”, Toronto, Canada: June 18–22, 2007.

“Post-methodological Considerations: Towards a non-modern Approach to Social Sciences”. Interdisciplinary Symposium: “Theory and Qualitative Research Methods. Perspectives and limitations,” University of Crete, Greece: March 16–17, 2007 (in Greek).

“Unlimiting Human Development: Back to Vygotsky and Forward.” First International Symposium of Cultural-Historical Anthropology and Cultural-Historical Psychology, Free University of Berlin, Germany: December 01–02, 2006.

Invited Presentation: “Technologies of Time and Free Learning”. Symposium: “Learning as a Dialogue with the Future,” University of Siegen, Germany: December 14–15, 2006 (in German).

“The ‘Natural’ Development of Young Students: Organized School Discourse and Institutionalized Temporality.” International Workshop “Event and Process in Organized Discourse”, Free University Berlin, Germany: March 10–11, 2006.

“The Temporal Understanding of Students at the School-for-Individual-Learning-in-Practice and the Myth of Abstract Time.” 24. Workshop-Kongress Politische Psychologie, University of Crete, Greece: May 22–23, 2005 (in Greek).

“Time at School & Students’ Temporal Perception”. Colloquium “Time, Discourse & Materiality”, Free University Berlin, Germany: May 12, 2005.

“The Temporal Perception (Understanding) of Adolescent Students in a Changing Educational Situation”. 1st ISCAR Congress, Seville: September 20–24, 2005.

“How do Adolescents Experience Time and Body in School?” Interdisciplinary Symposium “Body, Education and experiential Knowledge: Socio-cultural practices and aspects of non-verbal communication and narration. University of Crete, Greece: November 5–6, 2004 (with M. Pourkos, in Greek).

Invited Presentation: “The Temporal Experience of Adolescents in School as a Pictorial Metaphor.” International Symposium “Place and identity during learning and developmental processes”. University of Siegen & Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (Brazil). Siegen, Germany: November 26–28, 2003 (with M. Pourkos, in German).

“An ethnographic study of the temporal perception (understanding) of students in the City-as-School Berlin“ Colloquium of Developmental Psychology. Free University Berlin, Germany: January 24, 2005 (in German).

“How do Students Experience their Time in School?” 9th Greek Conference for Psychological Research, Greek Society of Psychology, Rhodos, Greece: May 21–24, 2003 (with M. Pourkos, in Greek).

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