Revival?

Revive [tr]

1.To bring back to life or consciousness; resuscitate.
2. To impart new health, vigor, or spirit to.
3. To restore to use, currency, activity, or notice.
4. To restore the validity or effectiveness of.
5. To renew in the mind; recall.
6. To present (an old play, for example) again.

We hardly need a ‘revival’, but I thought this afternoon’s meeting was reviving. In which of the above ways, if any?

Looking forward now to the second season of Social Science Imagination, opening it up more and more; to our upcoming public meetings on the cooperative movement, movement-relevant research and class in public discourse; non-PhD-non-GSCE social research with DM; and playing with new forms of communication next week.

2 thoughts on “Revival?

  1. Hi Sarah,

    For me there was the sense of a CONTINUATION from the work/ideas of last year but with renewed vigour and focus. We’re beginning to see the fruition of much that’s been laid down in the last couple of years by many who are no longer part of the group but who had a sense of the possibilities………….

    • Vernon, that’s beautifully said, well observed…and weirdly appropriate, as I have been working all day with some of John Dewey’s theories about what constitutes ‘experience’, which he indexes directly to learning, and how such experience, and learning, is imperative for life.

      He argues that ‘the continuity of any experience through renewing of the social group is a literal fact. Education, in its broadest sense, is the means of this social continuity of life’ (Education and Experience, 1938: 39). He also defines education as ‘that reconstruction or reorganization of experience which adds to the meaning of experience, and which increases [one’s] ability to direct the course of subsequent experience’ (in Carol Rodgers’ ‘Dewey and reflection’, 2002a: 848).

      I am just pleased to find even more connections between these thoughts this morning, your comments, my experience of the meeting, the connections made within the meeting, and more obliquely Laurence’s comments on the ‘practice that aspires’ paper that David circulated a few days ago, which invokes Dewey as well, but for his contributions to ‘pragmatic utopianism’.

      I suppose I am quite eager to make these connections more explicit for myself as well. It has been both a long and a short two years thus far, and so much has happened that has been lost in the dailyness and the doing. I am looking forward to slowing down a bit to try to tell a story of what we are doing here and why, to ask critical questions about it, create new experiences from it. It’s not everyone’s preference, of course, and perhaps shouldn’t be! But I am keen to understand myself what the continuities are, what have been the discontinuities and disruptions, how we have come on the paths we have, which paths were untaken and why, what possibilities were opened and closed, and which we might open from here. I think this might constitute a large part of my own ‘creative project’ within the context of the SSC, as it is connected to bigger questions for me as well… It is also very important to me, to understand what it feels and looks like to lay ground for something that is not, in the work itself, ‘the thing’. But that is another conversation, perhaps, and it’s already late!

      Always enjoy reading your thoughts.

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