Art and Tradition

Gathering example


The gatherings are meetings where a group of people express and discuss their points of view on an issue.

The difference between activities such as debate , talks and social gatherings, is that in the latter different actions can be developed in the same meeting: talks, open forums, questions and answers, debates, etc.

The words: meeting, evening, huddle, group, cenacle, club, circle, conversation, colloquium or talk are synonyms for gathering.

History of the gatherings

The gatherings have their origin in the nineteenth century when in the literary academies of Europe, in the salons in France, in artistic meetings , in circles and clubs in general, these types of activities were developed with famous critics, thinkers and important personalities .

They were also carried out in theater halls after a staging, just to comment on how the play developed.

Dialogic gathering

Dialogic gatherings are those that are registered in Communities or Learning Groups, in which all members take an active part in conversations and debates that help create ideas based on equal participation and validity of arguments .

These are the types of dialogic gatherings , according to area of ​​knowledge:
  • Dialogic Literary
  • Dialogical Musicals
  • Dialogical Artistic
  • Dialogic Mathematics
  • Dialogical Scientists
  • Dialogical Pedagogical

Characteristics of the gatherings

Currently, it is very likely that the gatherings do not resemble those that developed in Europe in the 19th century, or those that began to occur in the West for many years, but in general these are the basic characteristics of any meeting of this nature :

  • They are informal meetings that can occur from time to time (fixed period).
  • The participants of the gatherings are known as contertulios or tertulianos.
  • The topics that are usually touched on in these appointments are of the type: literary, artistic, philosophical, scientific, political or sports.
  • In addition to sharing an evening, debating and chatting, the aim of the gatherings is to learn and build knowledge on certain topics.
  • These circles are held in public places, such as cafes or quiet bars.

Gathering example

Next, you will see how a dialogic literary gathering takes place :

Preparation : the teacher must gather all the necessary material and resources. This is the stage of total organization: the moderator is chosen (possibly it will be the teacher), a book is chosen which everyone must read beforehand.

Gathering : the moderator, who will only organize the conversation (will not participate in it as an argumentator), will give each of the participants of the gathering to speak. People will read a piece of text to later argue about it.

After : once everyone has participated with their opinions, everyone should read the book again taking into account all the reflections and opinions of their classmates.

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