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CLA Speaker Series: Anna Stetsenko

When Mar 29, 2017
from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
Where 233B HUB
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The Center for Language Acquisition is pleased to announce an invited lecture by

Professor Anna Stetsenko (Graduate Center, City University of New York) who will speak on

"Agency and Commitment to a Sought-after Future: Reclaiming Activism in Research and Theorizing"


Recent advances in research and theories at the intersection of psychology and education have focused on situated, dynamic and culturally mediated processes. However, these approaches rarely address the ethical and axiological dimensions of the dominant onto-epistemologies and, as a result, do not offer sufficient grounds on which to resist current marketization of science and education. This talk will discuss a broadly dialectical-transformative approach, in expanding upon Vygotsky’s project, to address this gap. This approach offers a unique worldview underwritten by an activist stance premised on ideology of equality and social justice. The focus will be on how agency and commitment to a sought-after future are indispensable constituents of theorizing, methodology, and onto-epistemology that always entail and demand activist stance.