7th Nordic Conference on Cultural and Activity Research – University of Copenhagen

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7th Nordic Conference - June 16-18, 2016


Helsingør, Denmark

A Nordic Perspective on the Cultural and the Activity Approach in Theory and Practice

The Nordic countries have a strong theoretical and practice tradition of cultural-historical approaches to investigating and/or intervening human practices and everyday life. These include early childhood learning and play, children’s school life and education, youth life, as well as work life and organization of processes.

The 7th Nordic conference provided a cross-disciplinary forum for exchanging ideas, exploring common interests, addressing various theoretical, practice-related, and societal issues, as well as for establishing new possibilities for collaboration among researchers and practitioners who share an interest in cultural-historical approaches.

Transformations of human life conditions (e.g. new technologies, new public management, or migration) create ongoing need for cultural-historical research and professional practices. Contributions from these perspectives are important for future societies as they both contribute with reflections on societal issues and with theoretical, methodological, and practical advancements

The conference invited those who work within such areas as research of education, human learning, development, new technologies, work practices and organizational transformations, health practice and social work to confront these issues.


Read the programme here.

The programme was composed of panel-discussions, symposiums and paper-sessions.

Themes and Topics

  • Learning and development of children, youth, and adults
  • Professional education, training, and practice
  • Transformations of work and organizations
  • Scientific practices; innovation practices
  • Disabilities and development
  • Technology and the practice of everyday life
  • New learning environments based on information technologies
  • Social pedagogy and community development


Scientific Committee

  • Mariane Hedegaard, Professor emeritus, Dr.Phil., Department of Psychology, Copenhagen University
  • Jytte Bang, Associate professor, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Copenhagen University
  • Louise Böttcher, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Danish School of Education, Aarhus University
  • Ernst Schraube, Associate professor, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Roskilde University
  • Seth Chaiklin, Researcher, Ph.D., University College UCC
  • Lutine de Wal Pastoor, Senior Researcher, Ph.D., Educational Anthropology, The Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Hans Knutagård, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Department of Health and Society, Kristianstad University, Sweden
  • Hanna Toiviainen, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning, University of Helsinki
  • Milda Bredikyte, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Department of Didactics of Psychology, Vilnius Pedagogical University
  • Thurídur Jóhannsdóttir, Associate Professor, Ph.D., School of Education, University of Iceland.

Local Organizing Committee

  • Jytte Bang, University of Copenhagen, jytte.bang@psy.ku.dk
  • Louise Böttcher, Aarhus University, boettcher@edu.au.dk
  • Seth Chaiklin, University College UCC, seth@ucc.dk
  • Mariane Hedegaard, University of Copenhagen, mariane.hedegaard@psy.ku.dk


Professor emeritus Mariane Hedegaard
Department of Psychology
Mail: mariane.hedegaard@psy.ku.dk