Knowledge and learning in the digital age: in search for a new alphabet (and role) for the social sciences and higher education institutions

An international panel organized by Next Generation Global Studies at the World Social Sciences Forum (Montreal, 13-15 October 2013). Chair: Claudia Padovani. Speakers: Lynn Mario Menezes de Souza, Mino Conte, Derrick Cogburn, Normand Landry.

This event follows up from the ‘Future of Political and Social Sciences‘ symposium held in Padova in 2012. It assumes that a proper understanding of how technologies are transforming social realities and the social sciences should be grounded in a critical approach to mainstream categories that inform and structure policies as well as cultural orientations in higher education institutions worldwide. It addresses the epistemological challenges of diversity and complexity posed by the global condition as well as the anthropological modification which my derive from digital developments; while critically reflecting on mainstream concepts used in higher education – international competition, skills and competencies – it explores the potentiality of alternative concepts – such interaction, translation, mediation, remix, and ultimately power – as possible components of a new alphabet to rethink the role of the social sciences and ground the functions of higher education institutions in the digital age.

Here you can read the Introductory note and the extended abstract of contributions discussed in Montreal.

Introductory note by Claudia Padovani

Lynn Mario de Sousa: Critical Literacy in the Digital Age: issues in knowledge construction for the humanities.

Mino Conte and Massimiliano Tomba: “One dimensional school”. Towards a new critical theory of global society and education.

Normand Landry: Technology, Pedagogy and the Remaking of the Modern University: Issues for Distance Learning Education.