Module number: TH6741 & 7741title: Engaging Culturesession: 1             Welcome! Great to see you!             Have a se...
d, open our senses:our perceiving may draw us further into fullness of lifd, open our thinking and affectivity;our naming ...
What were looking atover the course ofthis module...human beings as meaning-makerssigns, symbols, language,communication ....
How were learningon this module ...DiscussionSome exercisesListeningReadingSome skills transfer ...             Why were l...
What were looking attoday ...introductionsperceptions of cultureHow do we get a handle onit?Starting to look atanalytical ...
How were learning       ...exercisesListeningdiscussingReading ...                     6
How were learning       ...exercisesListeningdiscussingReading ...                     7
Bibliography,webliography andassessmentSome things to note.                       8
Thinking about us, ourselves:background exercise ... (seehandouts)                                9
Thinking about ...culture(s) we grew up in ... whatwould you point to as importantpractices, objects or ideas tocharacteri...
Culture. /kəltjə/, n ....Write down your own,brief, informal, work in progress,           definition of culture ...       ...
Culture. /kəltjə/, n ....Please share thatbrief, informal, work in progress,             definition of culturewith someone...
Culture. /kəltjə/, n ....Note down any good ideas, phrases etcfrom others joint definitions.                              ...
Culture. /kəltjə/,   n ....Now look at the definitions on the sheets.   Which are most helpful to you, and   why?       ⁎ ...
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In the beginning when You created;The earth was formless and desolate.In the beginning was the Word;and all things were wo...
bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see wha                                                  17
Adam gives names to the animals
Naming ...
he Quran reads in EnglishAdam all the names of everything”.                                     20
Adam gives names to th
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In the beginning when You created;The earth was formless and desolate.In the beginning was the Word;and all things were wo...
Thinking about culture ...                   culture                             25
Thinking about culture ...             WORLD:                 Ways             Events,                   of             en...
Thinking about culture 1/3 ...               Events,                              Ways               environLisbon        ...
Thinking about culture 2/3...                              Ways                                 of              world     ...
Thinking about culture 3/3 ...                     Individualism                                hierarchical              ...
Thinking about culture                 More starting with an artefact ...          spontaneous?                           ...
Thinking about culture               Loss of starting with an event ...           confidence in                           ...
Thinking about culturestarting with a practice ...                                        Music as wired for              ...
Thinking about culturestarting with a way of thinking ...Parliaments,                             democracyballot boxes,  ...
Thinking about culture starting with your idea                               Ways                                  of     ...
Thinking about culture starting withyour formative social experience ...                                 Ways             ...
experience           The pastoralPlanning     cycle -for                            exploration/action     theological    ...
Experience               => text or               artefact         Apologies:         The pastoral We interrupt your servi...
text. /tɛkst/, n ....In the context of cultural studies, the idea of a textnot only includes written language, but also fi...
artefact /ˈɑːtifakt/,  n ....A cultural artefact is a human-made objectwhich gives information about the culture of itscre...
EXCURSUS   CON/TEXT                      NT word: only found in NT -                      twice. How might we work        ...
EXCURSUS   CON/TEXT                      Word is:                      ἀρσηνοκοιται                                     41
EXCURSUS   CON/TEXT                      To translate we need to:                      look at contexts (in               ...
Descriptions                  of popular                  cultureNew            Lynchsinsights for   cycle -for Identifyin...
Experience               => text or               artefact           The pastoralPlanning    cycle -for            Cultura...
Experience                  => text or                  artefact              The pastoral   Planning    cycle -for       ...
Experience                    => text or                    artefactPlanning/action =>    The pastoralhow we         cycle...
Experience               => text or               artefact              ThePlanning    pastoral      Exploration/action   ...
5 Questions ...            1. What do sunglasses assume            about the way the world is?What are    2. What do sungl...
5 Questions ...           1. What do/es ... assume           about the way the world is?What       2. What do/es ... assum...
Methodological Coda: Guidelines for EverydayTheological Interpretation of CultureSee handout.Look at the guidelines.Have a...
And finally ....Between sessions ...Look at the reading (handout). Esp BarthesChoose a cultural artefact /text andprepare ...
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  • O Lord, open our senses: That our perceiving may draw us further into fullness of life. O Lord, open our thinking and affectivity; That our naming may disclose your love and your will . O Lord, open our lips; That our mouths shall proclaim your praise. O Lord, open our art and expression: That our work may nourish humanity and resonate your praise.
  • Could be a bit 'bitty': various things to get you started but not necessarily all joined up at this point.
  • Could be a bit 'bitty': various things to get you started but not necessarily all joined up at this point.
  • Link to assessment; the tools are the kind of things that students may want to use for their assessment.
  • The sorting exercise.
  • In the beginning when You created; The earth was formless and desolate. In the beginning was the Word; and all things were worded into being . In the beginning, was the the Word; And all being was worded into world. The Word was with You in the beginning: And Word-less, nothing is nor can be named.
  • God is effectively saying “Look at the varieties here. What do you make of them? How do you see them? How are you going to classify them?” and this is something to be celebrated rather than rued as a curse following on from the disobedience of Woman (later Eve) and Adam.
  • Naming seems to me to imply, in one sense, contemplation. If you want to name something, that is to give a name, you have to sense it, feel it, hear it, taste it, move with it, smell it and/or look at it. You have to become familiar with it as a whole entity and you have to see it in relationship to other things and decide just what those relationships are.
  • Naming... we have to decide what the 'object' actually is. ... The word which we may translate into English from some languages as 'hand' may actually in some cases also normally include in its meaning what we would label 'forearm'. ... how we group things together or distinguish things from other things. If we label something as a 'finch', that is sufficient to distinguish it from 'warblers' or 'buntings' or 'sparrows'. But if we put it alongside certain other birds, we might want to look for further distinctions and name further using labels such as 'chaffinch' or 'bullfinch'. ...
  • This takes us on a rather different trajectory of thought from the Genesis version. It seems to me that the Qur'anic version could encourage an approach to naming, knowing and taxonomy which is all about finding, preserving or even perhaps imposing a single naming, one way of knowing, a sole taxonomy. In the Hebrew Bible, in our canon, God allows Adam’s names to stand. Adam names something ‘and that was its name’.
  • ... It is not imposed by God on Adam, but instead God is happy for, gives space for, Adam to have his own ideas and then to endorse them. The Genesis picture is friendly towards the observation that human signs are, in the naming of semiotics, unmotivated, that is arbitrary. ...
  • The Genesis story then, is giving us in embryo the ‘namings’ that human culture brings to us through art and science. Art automatically gives us perspective from which to view certain things. For example, there is a way of looking at particular incident from scripture in a piece of art such as we get in the Sistine Chapel, for example, the artwork offers us particular interpretations. It offers us the fruit of the contemplations of an artist both of 'a something, of the materials being worked and the contextual issues of production and sharing. A work of art, in a sense, offers us a ‘name’ for something. It is in a sense a kind of name in itself: a 'name' that is a painting, a sculpture, a piece of music, a poem, a dance, a novel or a play.
  • In the beginning when You created; The earth was formless and desolate. In the beginning was the Word; and all things were worded into being . In the beginning, was the the Word; And all being was worded into world. The Word was with You in the beginning: And Word-less, nothing is nor can be named.
  • This is my own attempt at a graphic 'definition' of 'culture'. ... I THINK it works and I think it may be generative ... appreciate thoughts after consideration ... The intersection of three basic things .... (see next slides).
  • Some (all?) should be somewhat familiar with this. Quick recap -use (handout?) unemployment example. NB unemployment is a cultural 'thing'.
  • Note that this starts with “Exploration -> 'text' or 'artefact'. The next slides move us into definitions of those terms. There is a handout to go with them.
  • Pause to make sure this is understood. Note background in Cultural Studes -genesis in English department and applying the techniques of literary analysis to non-written texts.
  • Check understanding. Note overlap in meaning with 'text'. Anthrropological and archaeological origins.
  • Some (all?) should be somewhat familiar with this. Quick recap -use (handout?) unemployment example. NB unemployment is a cultural 'thing'.
  • Some (all?) should be somewhat familiar with this. Quick recap -use (handout?) unemployment example. NB unemployment is a cultural 'thing'.
  • Some (all?) should be somewhat familiar with this. Quick recap -use (handout?) unemployment example. NB unemployment is a cultural 'thing'.
  • Some (all?) should be somewhat familiar with this. Quick recap -use (handout?) unemployment example. NB unemployment is a cultural 'thing'.
  • Some (all?) should be somewhat familiar with this. Quick recap -use (handout?) unemployment example. NB unemployment is a cultural 'thing'.
  • Some (all?) should be somewhat familiar with this. Quick recap -use (handout?) unemployment example. NB unemployment is a cultural 'thing'.
  • Some (all?) should be somewhat familiar with this. Quick recap -use (handout?) unemployment example. NB unemployment is a cultural 'thing'.
  • Engaging culture session01

    1. 1. Module number: TH6741 & 7741title: Engaging Culturesession: 1 Welcome! Great to see you! Have a seat; be comfortable, relax …. Well get underway shortly.
    2. 2. d, open our senses:our perceiving may draw us further into fullness of lifd, open our thinking and affectivity;our naming may disclose your love and your will.d, open our lips;our mouths shall proclaim your praise.d, open our art and expression:our work may nourish humanity and resonate your pr 2
    3. 3. What were looking atover the course ofthis module...human beings as meaning-makerssigns, symbols, language,communication ....power, difference, solidarity(sin and creationalanthropology?)theological approaches toculture 3reading cultural artefacts
    4. 4. How were learningon this module ...DiscussionSome exercisesListeningReadingSome skills transfer ... Why were learning in this module.... because mission and ministry thrives on good cultural exegesis. To enable us to see the cultural 4
    5. 5. What were looking attoday ...introductionsperceptions of cultureHow do we get a handle onit?Starting to look atanalytical tools 5
    6. 6. How were learning ...exercisesListeningdiscussingReading ... 6
    7. 7. How were learning ...exercisesListeningdiscussingReading ... 7
    8. 8. Bibliography,webliography andassessmentSome things to note. 8
    9. 9. Thinking about us, ourselves:background exercise ... (seehandouts) 9
    10. 10. Thinking about ...culture(s) we grew up in ... whatwould you point to as importantpractices, objects or ideas tocharacterise it? 10
    11. 11. Culture. /kəltjə/, n ....Write down your own,brief, informal, work in progress, definition of culture ... 11
    12. 12. Culture. /kəltjə/, n ....Please share thatbrief, informal, work in progress, definition of culturewith someone else.Decide on a joint definition you couldshare with the rest of the group. ... and share it ... 12
    13. 13. Culture. /kəltjə/, n ....Note down any good ideas, phrases etcfrom others joint definitions. 13
    14. 14. Culture. /kəltjə/,  n ....Now look at the definitions on the sheets. Which are most helpful to you, and why? ⁎ anything seem insightful for you? ! anything surprise you? ? anything you have questions about? + anything to add to your 14 definition(s)?
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    16. 16. In the beginning when You created;The earth was formless and desolate.In the beginning was the Word;and all things were worded into being.In the beginning, was the Word;And all being was worded into world.The Word was with You in the beginning:And Word-less, nothing is nor can be named. 16
    17. 17. bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see wha 17
    18. 18. Adam gives names to the animals
    19. 19. Naming ...
    20. 20. he Quran reads in EnglishAdam all the names of everything”. 20
    21. 21. Adam gives names to th
    22. 22. 23
    23. 23. In the beginning when You created;The earth was formless and desolate.In the beginning was the Word;and all things were worded into being.In the beginning, was the Word;And all being was worded into world.The Word was with You in the beginning:And Word-less, nothing is nor can be named. 24
    24. 24. Thinking about culture ... culture 25
    25. 25. Thinking about culture ... WORLD: Ways Events, of environment thinking & artefacts culture practices 26
    26. 26. Thinking about culture 1/3 ... Events, Ways environLisbon ment of thinkingearthquake & culture artefactsInventionoftransistors practices Invention of gunpowder Warm climate 27 (streetlife)
    27. 27. Thinking about culture 2/3... Ways of world thinking culture Eating practi Listening to habits ces music Taking turns in queuing conversation 28
    28. 28. Thinking about culture 3/3 ... Individualism hierarchical Ways of egalitarian World thinking non- culture violent pluralist practices 29
    29. 29. Thinking about culture More starting with an artefact ... spontaneous? Sense ofCheap, Ways connection World: of(affordable), artefact thinking andmobile availabilitytelephony culture practices Phone calls all over the place. Decline of landlines and payphones. 30
    30. 30. Thinking about culture Loss of starting with an event ... confidence in providence.Lisbonearthquake Ways World: an event of Deism & thinking atheism grow culture in plausibility practices Churchgoing etc falls 31
    31. 31. Thinking about culturestarting with a practice ... Music as wired for private Ways sound world of space thinking culture practices Listening to music, alone 32
    32. 32. Thinking about culturestarting with a way of thinking ...Parliaments, democracyballot boxes, Ways World ofreturning thinkingofficers ... culture practices Voting, elections, plebiscites ... 33
    33. 33. Thinking about culture starting with your idea Ways of World thinking culture practices 34
    34. 34. Thinking about culture starting withyour formative social experience ... Ways World of thinking culture practices 35
    35. 35. experience The pastoralPlanning cycle -for exploration/action theological reflection (theological) reflection 36
    36. 36. Experience => text or artefact Apologies: The pastoral We interrupt your serviceto bring you an -for cycle emergency Cultural definition of terms ... analysis 37
    37. 37. text. /tɛkst/, n ....In the context of cultural studies, the idea of a textnot only includes written language, but also films ,photographs, fashion or hairtstyles: the texts ofcultural studies comprise all the meaningfulartefacts of culture. Excerpted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_studies 31/03/2010. 38
    38. 38. artefact /ˈɑːtifakt/,  n ....A cultural artefact is a human-made objectwhich gives information about the culture of itscreator and users. ... The usage of the termencompasses [what] is recovered atarchaeological sites; however, man-made objectsof modern society are also cultural artefacts. ... atelevision is an artefact of modern culture.From http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Cultural-artifact accessed 31/03/2010 39
    39. 39. EXCURSUS CON/TEXT NT word: only found in NT - twice. How might we work out what it means; how to translate it? 40
    40. 40. EXCURSUS CON/TEXT Word is: ἀρσηνοκοιται 41
    41. 41. EXCURSUS CON/TEXT To translate we need to: look at contexts (in passage, intertextual, cultural background, etymological etc) And at related issues in 42 target language.
    42. 42. Descriptions of popular cultureNew Lynchsinsights for cycle -for Identifyingbelief and Cultural relevantaction analysis questions (p.108) and norms Mutually critical from conversation: religious pop culture traditions and religious 43 tradition
    43. 43. Experience => text or artefact The pastoralPlanning cycle -for Cultural Exploration/action analysis =>of context, background (theological) sociology reflection etc 44
    44. 44. Experience => text or artefact The pastoral Planning cycle -for exploration /action Cultural analysis(theological) reflection =>relating exploratorymatters to theologicalconsiderations 45
    45. 45. Experience => text or artefactPlanning/action => The pastoralhow we cycle -for exploration Culturalrespond analysisChristianly (theological) reflection 46
    46. 46. Experience => text or artefact ThePlanning pastoral Exploration/action cycle -for =>of context, Cultural background analysis sociology etc (theological) reflection On the basis of what weve done so far, what kinds of things might we bring to bear to generate and elucidate a description of a cultural text or artefact? 47
    47. 47. 5 Questions ... 1. What do sunglasses assume about the way the world is?What are 2. What do sunglasses assumeour about the way the world shouldanswers? be? 3. What do sunglasses makeCompare possible?with the 4. What do sunglasses makehandout .. impossible (or at least a lot. more difficult)? 5. What new culture is created 48 in response? http://www.culture-making.com/five_questions/sun
    48. 48. 5 Questions ... 1. What do/es ... assume about the way the world is?What 2. What do/es ... assumeabout about the way the world shouldour own be?example 3. What do/es ... makes of possible?cultural 4. What do/es ... maketexts or impossible (or at least a lotartefacts more difficult)?? 5. What new culture is created 49 in response? http://www.culture-making.com/five_questions/sun
    49. 49. Methodological Coda: Guidelines for EverydayTheological Interpretation of CultureSee handout.Look at the guidelines.Have a go at using with the texts /artefacts alreadyused in class today. 50
    50. 50. And finally ....Between sessions ...Look at the reading (handout). Esp BarthesChoose a cultural artefact /text andprepare to guide the rest of the group intowhat youve found using the 5 Questions(L6) or the 10 guidelines (L7). 51

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