INTERNATIONAL ARCTIC SOCIAL SCIENCES ASSOCIATION (IASSA)
SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF ARCTIC SOCIAL SCIENCES (ICASS VII)
FRIDAY 24 JUNE, 2011 THEME 8: COMMUNICATIONS
SESSION 23 CREATIVE CIRCUMPOLAR COLLABORATION ACROSS CYBERSPACE IN THE ARTS AND SCIENCES ORGANIZER AND CHAIR:DR. THOMAS ROSS MILLER
CURATORIAL CONSULTING / BERKELEY COLLEGE / NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
In the nearly two decades since the first International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences, a communications and media revolution has changed the way people work together on creative projects. These sessions will explore processes being developed by northerners, international scholars, students, museum professionals, and other specialists for circumpolar and global collaboration in the arts and sciences, with an emphasis on the use of new media and communications technologies to bridge physical distance. The reduced role of geographically determined limits on creative and intellectual partnerships encourages innovation, open exchange of information, and greater fluidity in crossing the disciplinary boundaries between science and art. Case studies and media excerpts will demonstrate recent examples of collaborative work produced by colleagues situated in widely separate locations. Presentations and discussion will consider possible future methods of co-creation in a world of ubiquitous instant connectivity.
PART ONE MAPPING CULTURES IN VIRTUAL SPACE
Morning Session 1) Paper no. 203
VICTORIA CHURIKOVA The Union of Itelmen Families Co-authors: ANATOLY TKACHEV, BORIS MAYER, PETR BEKKEROV
Value hierarchies as a tool to outline cultures
(an experience of application to the Itelmen culture, Kamchatka)
Abstract: At the moment, to outline and index and then restore cultural heritage of indigenous peoples is an especially urgent task. With this purpose, it is possible to use different tools to characterize different forms of human activity. In our opinion, the new innovative instrument of this formal process may be the method of so-called value hierarchies. It’s trivial to characterize this or another culture as a behavioral programme. It usually includes life values, behavior norms and cultural artifacts – material works. It’s assumed that life values express the most important concepts and imperatives, which are the foundation of any culture. As for norms, they describe what and how a person should or shouldn’t do in different situations. Life values and behavior norms became crucially important for conservation of indigenous and minor peoples’ cultures.
This method gives a data matrix as an output. It includes: - couples of alternatives of definite human activity. This activity may be the inner one – one or another feeling, or it may be made of elements of outside behavior; -key perceptions; -words-values.
This matrix is convenient to be kept in computer databases in digital form, which enables us to compare it with similar matrices of other cultures.
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