Citizenship and narratives, lecture by Helen Haste (Harvard University)

Why citizenship and citizenship education need narratives and narrative research

Helen HasteMonday June 22th 2015: Helen Haste, Harvard University, lecture and discussion

Helen Haste argues that we must understand civic engagement and especially civic identity, as a cultural process not only as an individual, ‘inside the head’ cognitive exercise, involving the dialectical intersection between individual thought and affect, dialogic interactions with others in conversation in which meaning is negotiated, and the social and cultural discourses, narratives and interpretive repertoires available within the individual’s cultural context via media, literature, norms of behavior and institutional practices. Within this cultural framework, civic identity is core to civic engagement; an affective and cognitive commitment to social engagement.

Helen Haste is Visiting Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Emeritus Professor at the University of Bath. Her career has included work on moral and civic development and education, and also gender. She defines herself as a cultural psychologist.

Information and registration

  • Lecture (by Helen Haste, Harvard University) and discussion
  • Date: June 22th 2015
  • Time: 10:00-13:00 uur
  • Location: Universiteit voor Humanistiek (directions)
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