The DISEA research network of AFinLA organises an online research seminar

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What: Research seminar organised online (via Zoom)

Goal: To provide researchers with a low threshold forum to present and discuss their research in progress

When: 26 April 2024, 9-14

Target group:

  • Presenters: researchers who work within Bakhtinian dialogical, sociocultural / cultural-historical theory, and/or an ecological approach (or other similar theoretical perspectives) as theoretical bases of their research and focus on studying language learning, teaching, and assessment.
  • Audience: Researchers, teachers or others interested in researching language learning, teaching and assessment.

Registration (as a presenter or audience member) until 12 April 2024:

Instructions for presenters: Your presentation and abstract can be in Finnish or English. Your presentation can focus on any topic you are currently working on (i.e., research in progress): a research article in progress, an analysis, a challenging topic you are struggling with, and where you would like feedback from the academic community, as long as it falls within the theoretical traditions within the DISEA research network. Presentations of completed research are also welcome, but the focus of the seminar is research in progress. Mention in your abstract what it is that you wish to focus on in your presentation and what you wish to gain from the DISEA community during the discussion.

Each speaker will have 40 minutes but at least half of this time should be reserved for a discussion with the audience.

There will be room for three presentations.

Professor Nikolai Veresov, Monash University, Australia, kindly agreed to present at the beginning of the seminar day, 9–10:30 am. Professor Veresov is a world-renowned scholar in cultural-historical activity theory, and has published widely within this theory, contributing especially to the development of research methodology. Professor Veresov’s presentation’s title is “Social environment, perezhivanie and human development: a cultural-historical perspective”


The speech will focus on the demystification of human perezhivanie as one of the most controversial and tantalising concepts of cultural-historical psychology. Two aspects in the analysis of experience will be discussed – perezhivanie as an observable psychological phenomenon, i.e. an integral inner attitude of a person to social reality expressed in an external form (P1) and perezhivanie as a theoretical concept (P2) which is the analytical tool for studying the role of environment on the process of human learning and development. The cultural-historical genetic-analytical model (Veresov, 2019, Veresov et al.,2024) will be presented where perezhivanie might work as an analytical tool and a part of the system of concepts (social environment, social situation, social situation of development and drama) together with the principle of refraction as a new approach for studying the learning and development.

Write to us if you have any questions and feel free to forward this invitation to interested researchers.

Welcome to the seminar!

Hanna Lämsä-Schmidt:       

Dmitri Leontjev: