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The Local Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the 6 th ISCAR International Congress, to be held remotely and online, by Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) and ISCAR. Since COVID-19 pandemic still poses a threat for travelling and in-presence meetings gathering many people together, the Organizing Committee and the ISCAR International confirm that the 6th ISCAR Congress will be held remotely and online, during the previously informed period from 30th July to 7th August, 2021.

Founded in 1958, the UFRN is one of the most important academic training centers in Northeastern region of Brazil, housing several research groups in different areas of knowledge, including the Historical-Cultural, Sociocultural and Activity Perspective research groups. The 6th Congress is coordinated by the Group of Studies in Historical-Cultural Psychology, UFRN, composed by professors, graduate and under-graduate students from Humanities (mainly Psychology and Education) from UFRN, other local, national and foreign institutions of research and higher education.

Every three years, ISCAR International Congress creates a space for dialogue between researchers who dedicate their work to the legacy and advancement of cultural-historical activity theory. For the first time in its history, the Congress will be held in Latin America. Previous meetings, attended by Brazilians representatives, took place in Seville (2005), San Diego (2008), Rome (2011), Sydney (2014) and Quebec (2017). We now receive in Brazil our colleagues from all other participant countries with great enthusiasm. The sunny city of Natal invites everyone together to meet and share an unforgettable event in 2020!

We invite all colleagues to reflect on scenarios, issues, methodologies, practices that challenge us in crisis contexts, to produce knowledge based upon the legacy of Vygotsky, Leontiev and Luria. In this perspective, crisis is proposed as a fundamental theoretical construct to understand the transformations in the activity and the consciousness of the subjects, to understand society and social institutions, to understand the paths that the research in the Historical-Cultural and Activity theorization field have taken. A crisis that requires from us, ISCAR researchers, to propose a standpoint and a research perspective that reflects our commitment to a better world, where citizens are able to enjoy their human condition more widely. We plan to hold a Congress which broadens participation, contributing to settle the capacity and strength of Cultural-Historical Activity Research in crisis contexts. We all look forward to receiving you in Natal in the hope of collectively advancing and expanding Vygotsky, Leontiev and Luria studies!