K-Network Update: Feb 14, 2016

Dear colleagues,

Hope you all had good winter holidays!

The Kitchen season is about to begin, and there are many open slots in our
schedule. You can see the schedule here:

http://people.hum.aau.dk/~nikita/ (scroll down to embedded Google calendar,
click on “Agenda” to see a list of sessions)

If you are in Aalborg or would like to present your work over the Polycom/Scopia
system, please write me with the day of your choice and I’ll list you in the

Also note that next week is now open as the presenter originally listed is
unable to present.


Nikita A. Kharlamov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Aalborg University, Denmark
Kroghstræde 3, 4-221
DK-9220 Aalborg Øst
+45 9940 3180   nikita@hum.aau.dk
Office hours at: http://people.hum.aau.dk/~nikita/


Dear all,

Apologies for cross-posting.
I am pleased to send you the schedule for this year’s Niels Bohr lectures. Fathali Moghaddam will give the key speech titled:
The Road to Actualised Democracy: A psychological Perspective
Information (inc. the schedule and location) can be found on the following link: http://www.ccp.aau.dk/activities/activity/the-fourth-annual-niels-bohr-lecture-in-cultural-psychology.cid206021
If you plan to attend the lecture please send an email to Morten (mkat@hum.aau.dk) about it.  We need know this to have an estimate of numbers, e.g. how many lunches to order.
Many thanks and best wishes,
Luca has now NEW BOOKSERIES– congratulations!


K-Network Update: 12-02-2015

The PhD program “Social Psychology of Everyday Life” at Roskilde University invites to a public lecture:
Thursday, December 10, 14:00-15:30 h, RUC, Building 30, Room 30M.1-16,
Langdon Winner (RPI, USA): Robots, Humans and the Fabric of Everyday Life
The idea that technical creations might be able to supplant human labor is as old as ancient Greek myth of the statues of Daedalus. Technology makers of the 21st century have restated this vision in predictions of a society (said to be just around the corner) in which computer algorithms, artificial intelligence and robotics will eliminate many of the ways people work to earn a living. What are today’s most common projections? Which expectations about work and human wellbeing now define the debate? How will people respond as seemingly “intelligent” devices increasingly invade the social sphere?
Langdon Winner is Professor at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA

What’s cookin’ in the kitchen: December 2nd, 2015

This week Sandra will share her work with us. Please find a note form the author below:

“First, I would like everyone to know this is an initial draft of a paper to be published in a special issue on learning practices and dialogical approaches. My intention is to talk about the ideas that connect dialogical and sociocultural theories in the empirical analysis of learning practices and self.
Second, I ask, in advance, sorry for the English. I know the text needs serious revision in both, language and grammar. I will be happy to get revision suggestion and promise we will work on that later on.
Third, I have a rich data collection that I have had hard time translating and selecting for this paper. So, I attached a second document with more empirical examples (with no analysis) and perhaps we can discuss about the possibility of including a couple more.
Fourth, I just realized that I forgot to include references. I will check them tomorrow and send in later or bring them with me to the seminar. At this point, I will be mostly happy to have suggestion regarding references as well.
Finally, I am working on some diagrams to represent the analysis. I will be sharing with you during the seminar to get your feedback.
Well, I wish all a wonderful weekend. Below is a short introduction of myself.
Short bio:
I am a professor at University of Brasilia’s College/Faculty of Education, in Brazil. I teach Human Development and Psychology of Education courses, supervise pre-service teachers in K-5 public schools, coordinate the Psychology of Education unit in my department and direct a Laboratory named “Dialogo: Laboratorio de praticas dialogicas em educacao”, which is committed to develop research in school and to design innovative teaching practices based on sociocultural and dialogical perspectives. I have graduated in pedagogy from the University of Brasilia, pursued my master’s in literacy instruction at Michigan State University, and my PhD in psychology at University of Brasília. Currently I concentrate my research in schooling issues, social interactions,  communication/metacommunication and development of self addressing a variety of topics. 

What’s cookin’ in the kitchen: November 18th, 2015

This week Karen will share ideas with us. Please read the message below and contact the author if you’d like a version of the paper to read.

To the K-Network:

This paper focuses on the side project I began when I arrived in September (my main PhD is focused on discourses of mental health in awareness campaigns, popular online articles, university policy, and students’ self-descriptions). I originally framed the study through a governmentality lens, but that started to feel too constraining – i.e., there seemed to be other analytic stories to tell. I scrapped the a priori governmentality approach and began to approach the data from a broader, Situational Analysis perspective.

However, as I was pulling this paper together I felt like I “lost the plot” (and then hit a wall) along the way. I would have liked to take a step back and start from scratch, but I didn’t have time – this is my last kitchen seminar before I head back to Canada :)

So I am hoping for some assistance from you, my kitchen seminar colleagues! As you read this very rough draft – do any theoretical frameworks come to mind? In what ways might you frame the findings if this was your paper? What (if anything) strikes you as interesting or important about a study of this nature?

As you’ll see, the discussion/conclusion section has not yet been written. There are a series of points indicating possible directions I could take. I will also pare down the body of the paper as I gain a clearer focus.

I’ve also attached my PowerPoint presentation (on the same subject) from the Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization back in October, in case you want to see more screenshots of the apps or see how I was framing my analytic narrative back then.

Looking forward to our discussion on Wednesday!



What’s cookin’ in the kitchen: Schedule update

Dear colleagues,

The Fall semester Kitchen schedule is now full (and can be seen here: http://people.hum.aau.dk/~nikita/
– scroll to the bottom of the page to find the embedded Google Calendar – click on Agenda to see a list
of people, clicking on names will give you tentative topics where available)

The Spring semester is open, with the exception of March 2, 2016. We begin the seminars on the first Wednesday
in February (February 3 in 2016) and end the season on the last Wednesday in May (May 25). You can see
the holidays marked in the Google Calendar agenda. Please email me at nikita@hum.aau.dk to book your
Kitchen seminar!


What’s cookin’ in the kitchen: 10-14-2015

This week Olga shares ideas with us. Please see her message below:
Please find here the my draft to be presented during next Kitchen Seminar.
I am looking forward to receive feedback regarding the flow, the connections between phenomenology and cultural psychology, as well as any other idea that the readers have, so hopefully I can submit it anytime soon to Qualitative Research (other journal suggestions).
The paper is based on my assignment for the Summer School in Uni Oslo that I took with Jaan this summer. I had been previously working on a more basic draft for another assignment beforehand.