Culture Psychology and Liminality

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Deadline: 01 Aug 2019

Culture Psychology and Liminality
Doctoral School of the Humanities at Aalborg University


This Doctoral Summer School is meant to provide opportunities for PhD-aspirants in psychology, anthropology, history, education, and semiotics to learn the basic principles of cultural organization of the human mind. The thematic focus of this year’s summer school will be on liminality, which provides an analytic tool for investigating movement and change of people and cultural forms. The unique aspect of this Summer School is concrete joint work on methodology—developing new solutions to the needs of participants to introduce concepts from cultural psychology and anthropology into their particular research projects.

Registration here:

Please send an abstract of your research paper no later than August 1 to The participants will work on this during the course and be expected to transform it into a publication within the following semester.

Registration fee: DKK 625

Teaching methods:

A combination of lectures, group work, practical exercises and small group discussions. 

Key literature and course schedule:

Monday, August 26 - room 4.363-5 (level 3) Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg

09.30-11.00: Keynote: Paul Stenner

11.00-11.30: Coffee

11.30-12.15: Commentary and Discussion: Tania Zittoun

12.15-13.15: Lunch

13.15-14.00: Commentary and Discussion: Zachary Beckstead

14.00-14.45: Commentary and Discussion: Steve Brown

14.45-15.15: Coffee

15.15-16.00: Commentary and Discussion: Bob Innis

16.00-16.45: Commentary and Discussion: Thomas Stodulka

16.45-17.00: Wrap up


Stenner, P. (2018). Liminality and Experience: A transdisciplinary approach to the psychosocial. London: Palgrave.  (300 pages)

 Zittoun, T. (2013). Transitions: Development through symbolic resources. Charlotte, N.C.: Info Age.  (60)


Tuesday, August 27, room 10.14. NORDKRAFT, Teilgårds Plads 1, 9000 Aalborg

9.30-10.00: Coffee

10.00-12.00: Cultural experiences: Liminal transformations--Tania Zittoun

12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00-14.30: On the way: Cultural psychology of pilgrimage --Zachary Beckstead

14.30-15.00: Coffee

15.00-17.00: Emotions in fieldwork-- Thomas Stodulka


Stodulka, T. (2015). Spheres of Passion: fieldwork, ethnography and the researcher’s emotions. Curare – Journal for Medical Anthropology, 38(1+2), 103-116. (14 pages)


Wednesday, August 28, room 10.14. NORDKRAFT, Teilgårds Plads 1, 9000 Aalborg

9.30-11.30: Experience and the Quality of Placeways: Liminality and the Eyes of the Skin--Bob Innis

11.30-12.30: City walk

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-17.00: Discussion of experience followed by student projects


Heft, H. (2013). Environment, cognition, and culture: Reconsidering the cognitive map. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 33, 14-25. [12]

Kharlamov, N. (2012). The City as a Sign: A Developmental-Experiential Approach to Spatial Life. In J. Valsiner (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of culture and psychology.  New York: Oxford University Press. [26]

Wagoner, B. (2009).  The Experimental Methodology of Constructive Microgenesis.  In: J. Valsiner, P. Molenaar, N. Chaudhary, and M. Lyra (Eds.).  Handbook of Dynamic Process Methodology in the Social and Developmental Sciences (pp. 99-121)New York: Springer. (22)


Thursday, August 29, room 4.105, Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg

9-11 Lecture Social guidance of the human mind in liminal spaces—Jaan Valsiner and Brady Wagoner

11-12 Seminar on the investigation of directional nature of semiosis and activities (based on participants’ projects)

12-13  Lunch

13-16  Discussion of student projects


Valsiner, J. (2007). Culture in minds and societies. New Delhi: Sage. (60)


Friday, August 31, room 4.105, Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg

9-11   Discussion of student projects

11-12  Summary and discussion of the week


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