The Second Annual Niels Bohr Lecture in Cultural Psychology

The Second Annual Niels Bohr Lecture in Cultural Psychology

This year Tania Zittoun and Alex Gillespie will give the Niels Bohr lecture on “Integrating Perspective: Moving through institutional, cultural and fictional worlds”.

Time

24.04.2014 kl. 09.00 - 25.04.2014 kl. 16.00

Description

The Niels Bohr Professorship Lectures in Cultural Psychology series aims to highlight and develop new ideas in cultural psychology. Each year early to mid career cultural psychologists, who have demonstrated originality and productivity, are selected to give the lecture. Other cultural psychologists from around the world are also invited to attend and comment on it.

This year Tania Zittoun and Alex Gillespie will give the Niels Bohr lecture on “Integrating Perspective: Moving through institutional, cultural and fictional worlds”. See abstract below.

The lectures are an integral part of the activities of the new Centre for Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University, which has been established in 2013 by the Danmarks Grundforskningsfond (Danish National Research Foundation). The goal of the Centre is to take on the international leadership role in programmatic research in cultural psychology and its uses in all appropriate domains in our global society.


Thursday 24
09.00-11.00: Niels Bohr Lecture: Tania Zittoun and Alex Gillespie
11.00-11.30: Coffee
11.30-12.30: Commentary and Discussion: Ivana Marková
12.30-13.30: Lunch
13.30-14.30: Commentary and Discussion: Michele Grossen
14.30-15.00: Coffee
15.00-16.00: Commentary and Discussion: Tatsuya Sato
16.00-16.15: Coffee
16.15-17.15: Commentary and Discussion: Kyoko Murakami

All Thursday will take place at Kroghstræde 3, Auditorium 1

Friday 25
10.00-11.00: The Psychology of Religion: A Cultural Perspective: Jacob Belzen
11.00-11.30: Coffee
11.30-12.30: Putting Cultural-developmental Psychology to Work: Pernille Hviid

The morning session will take place at Kroghstræde 3, Room 4.112

12.30-13.30: Lunch
13.30-14.30: The Cultural Psychology of Silence: Poetics of Everyday Life in the Borders of Experience and Existence: Olga Lehmann
14.30-15.00: Coffee
15.00-16.00: On Illusory Presence of an Individual in Cultural Psychology: Aaro Toomela

The afternoon session will take place at Kroghstræde 3, Auditorium 1.104

 

Integrating perspectives: Moving through institutional, cultural and fictional worlds

Alex Gillespie, London School of Economics
Tania Zittoun, University of Neuchâtel


Abstract:

Cultural psychology needs to explain the intersubjective integration of perspectives: how is it that people are, at a psychological level, able to move between perspectives? People engaging in action can self-reflect as if observing themselves. People engaging in a fictional narrative can follow the plot from the point of view of various characters. We want to explore the idea that people’s life trajectories, through socially and culturally structured experiences, provides a developmental mechanism for accumulating and integrating these perspectives. Simply put: the diversity of the social world is internalised at a psychological level by life trajectories which move through the social and cultural world, by experiencing it from diverse vantage points.

We will bring together our previous work on position exchange (Gillespie & Martin, in press; Gillespie, 2012) and transitions in people’s life trajectories (Zittoun, 2006; Zittoun et al., 2013) to develop an integrative theory that links together people moving through social and cultural worlds with people’s psychological movements, such as self-reflection (Gillespie & Zittoun, In press; Zittoun & Gillespie, in press).

The theory will be illustrated with an in-depth ideographic case study of a woman’s daily diary for several years during World War II (Gillespie, Cornish, Aveling, & Zittoun, 2008; Gillespie & Zittoun, 2010; Zittoun, Cornish, Gillespie, & Aveling, 2008; Zittoun & Gillespie, 2012). This data will be analysed to map out the diarist’s social movements through society, her imagined movements through fiction, and her psychological movements of self-reflection and internal dialogue.
 

Download Zittoun and Gillespie's Paper for the Lecture
 

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