Centre for Cultural Psychology

Centre for Cultural Psychology

CCP is dedicated to research on complex psychological functioning within dynamic social contexts. Cultural Psychology is a globally expanding field with a focus on the mutual constitution of people and society, which involves exploring the entanglement of Culture, Communication and Mind in situated human lives.

The Centre originated with a large Niels Bohr grant from the Danish National Research Foundation. It is the first Centre for Cultural Psychology in Europe and currently directed by Carolin Demuth, Brady Wagoner and Bo Allesøe Christensen. Jaan Valsiner and Svend Brinkmann are serving as senior advisors. 

Today CCP plays an active role in promoting cutting-edge international research on the mutual constitution of culture and mind, preparing students for work in addressing the challenges of an increasing globalized and multicultural society, and advising societal stakeholders on social innovation. 

Specifically, CCP researchers are currently involved in the following research areas:

  • Raising environmental consciousness in the anthropocene
  • Developmental dynamics, identity and educational practices in changing societies
  • Connecting new technology and social practices
  • Public responses to global health challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Memory, history and forgetting in complex social contexts

Being located in the Department of Communication and Psychology, it seeks to cross-fertilize perspectives from both of these areas, as well as neighboring disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science. 

The activities of the Centre include research projects, conferences, seminars and discussion groups, guest lecturers and various publication outlets (viz., journals, book series etc.). The Centre is an open arena for meetings and cooperation across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, aiming to stimulate the cross-fertilization between academic perspectives.

CCP connected to the Masters Programme of Cultural Psychology and Educational Practice and Ph.D. training in cultural psychology.

It is also the central node in a vast international network of scholars in cultural psychology and related fields, serving as a platform for international exchange with scholars in Asia, Latin America, the US and throughout Europe.

We welcome interested scholars of various backgrounds to join our activities and contribute to fruitful discussions aimed at advancing the field.



People enjoying at a festival

In keeping with the ancient Greek idea of a symposia, we will once a month read and discuss a classical or neo-classical text of relevance to the research areas in our department. The symposia will be held on Fridays from 14.30 - 16.30/17.00, and will be held at Nordkraft, room 11.15. More about the friday-symposia.

PhD track in Cultural Psychology and Social Practices

PhD track in Cultural Psychology and Social Practices

The doctoral track in Cultural Psychology is meant to enhance the scholarly competence in, and widen the practical usability of, different trends of cultural psychology. Read more

Centre for Cultural Psychology

Aalborg University
Email: mkat@hum.aau.dk


Background image: Wassily Kandinsky [Public domain]  via Wikimedia Commons