Friday, April 21, 2023
9 am - 1 pm | Room 1E
The plenary workshop is a key VIU event in which professors and students of the Globalization Program explore and discuss a theme chosen together at the beginning of the semester.
This time the theme will be Dialogue.
We live in a world with an increasing number of turbulence events. Regional wars and unpeaceful national relationships are taking on more frequently. The gap between nations with different cultural backgrounds and varied beliefs is widening, and no matter which country/nation we come from, we are all somehow involved. Communication openness is what we lack for much today, which is, however, the most critical solution to disputes and divergences.
This is why we chose, this semester, to discuss the theme of DIALOGUE, which will be approached, as usual, from different angles.
Dialogue: a word with two major definitions:
1) Conversation written for a book, play or film;
2) Formal or informal talks between opposing countries and political groups, or individuals with different interests and/or views.
A good dialogue implies really listening to the interlocutor.
Dialogic is often opposed to dialectic. The objective of the dialogic approach is not to reach a shared agreement, but an awareness of the view of the other, understanding her/his motivations. The objective of the dialectic approach is to reach a formal synthesis between two positions, a common ground and it is more concerned about the verbal play, i.e., the play of words (Richard Sennet, Together. Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation, Yale 2012).
A good dialogue implies acceptance of divergence.
Synonyms of dialogue are conversation, talk; interchange, exchange; consultation, negotiation.
Antonyms of dialogue are silence; shouting; monologue, soliloquy.
The program will include talks, dialogues, music, and dances with the participation of VIU GP students and professors. Details are forthcoming.
The Plenary Workshop is a unique opportunity to recognize the VIU community as one, breaking the borders between the courses, training students to address topics of the disciplines taught to a broader audience, revealing the hidden talents of the participants, and forging multicultural and transgenerational bonds.
Previous Plenary Workshops