Synchronic and Diachronic Exploration in Faith-based History Teaching


Historicity is a fundamental element in the effort to mediate tensions between Christian Liberal Arts critical thinking, interdisciplinary, and holistic citizenship with pragmatic, economic utility.

In Art, Design, and Architecture, design thinking has shifted away from designing material object towards socio-materiality as an end goal. The design process is increasingly appointed towards building, recreating, redefining social frameworks, rituals, habit, and placement; how to use, mediate, or synthesizes various perspectives to create pre-determined conditioning. This disciplinary development made historical consciousness a dominant aspect in comprehending the direction and possibilities of competing narratives and cultural hermeneutics.

To mediate learning that allows socio-materiality and faith-based emphasis, history of Art, Design, and Architecture must be taught not as a chronological exploration of artefacts produced, but as a critical reflection of human being, worldviews, civilization, artefacts produced by individual and social groups, in particular time and place.

The Initial Historical Reflection is designed to constrain the quantity of data and information; providing an in-depth analytical reading of a given text, visual, supporting narratives. Initial Historical Reflection utilizes Cultural Studies and Design categorizations to allow students to build collective reflection synchronically across all variables of one place and timeframe. The result of this initial reflection is collected as a repository to execute Diachronic Historical Reflection. This Diachronic Reflection is designed to allow students to build a hypothetical correlation between different timeframe and place on a selected phenomenon. Combined Synchronic-Diachronic historical reflection produces historically grounded ideation, post-course discourses for further stages of disciplinary praxis.

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Elya Kurniawan Wibowo, Pelita Harapan University, Indonesia
Yenty Rahardjo, Pelita Harapan University, Indonesia

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Conference: ACLA2019
Stream: Humanities

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