Public Lecture: Visiting Professor to speak on role of culture in psychology

A Visiting Professor from the USA will give a public lecture on culture in psychology at the University of Bath on Monday 9 November.

Professor Jaan Valsiner from Clark University in Massachusetts, who is a world expert in cultural psychology, will be giving the lecture titled, Culture in psychology: taming a blind wild animal?

Cultural psychology is a sub-discipline of psychology with its roots dating back to the work of Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky and his associates in the early 1900s.

Professor Valsiner, who is originally from Estonia, is one of the leading figures who introduced Vygotsky to the West. He has written many books and articles on human development and will be speaking on the role of culture in psychology.

In his lecture, Professor Valsiner will discuss how culture has been understood in mainstream psychology, tracing key moments in modern European psychology.

Professor Harry Daniels, Director of the University of Bath's Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research, said the work of Professor Valsiner is highly relevant to understanding important educational questions that are of burning concern in the UK today, such as inclusion and the environment of the school.

Professor Daniels said: "We are delighted to work with Professor Valsiner. His visit is a boost to the Centre and the University as a whole. We are expecting synergies and heated discussions among academics and students during his visits."

This lecture marks Professor Valsiner's appointment as David Parkin Visiting Professor at the University of Bath this year. The prestigious David Parkin award will enable him to work closely with academics and research students in education and other related fields to develop research projects and collaborations.

The David Parkin Visiting Professorship supports an outstanding academic with a permanent position at a non-UK university to spend time as a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath. The award is named after David Parkin, one of the University's most significant benefactors and a former member of staff. As part of the award, the Visiting Professor is invited to present the David Parkin Lecture.

The lecture will be held at the University of Bath in 1W 3.15 from 2.15pm until 4pm on 9 November.

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