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Sofie visiting Anna Stetsenko and Tetsuya Kono

Sofie Pedersen had the distinct pleasure of visiting two very inspiring professors in the fall of 2013: Professor Anna Stetsenko at City University of New York (CUNY) and Professor Tetsuya Kono at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. As part of her stay at CUNY she followed a class on Developmental Psychology which led to some interesting and inspiring explorations and discussions of the notion of development: a term most often taken for granted.

In Japan she had the privilege of presenting and discussing her research with researchers in the intersection of the fields of psychology, education and philosophy at Tokyo University, Rikkyo University,   Aoyama-Gakuin University as well as Ritsumeikan University. The presentations titled ‘Linking Time, Process and Context – studying youth from an ecological life-course perspective’, ‘The Ought To Be or Not To Be – towards ecological multi-level studies of youth development’ and ‘Developmental processes in between Educational Intentions and Social Affordances in High School’ all centered around making (and exploring) preliminary analytical grips on data that was produced during 2012 and 2013.

In addition to the academic adventures she also experienced new and different standards on various levels; posted below are images from different educational settings…




Mads visiting Patricia Clough


Mads Bank was in September and October visiting scholar at City University of New York. He was visiting York prof. Patricia Clough and working on a paper dealing with how an affect as an analytical strategy could open for new approaches in governmentality studies. The empirical basis for this theoretical development is our current research project on user-driven standards in social work.

hjemløs med stars & stribes


Mille and Asger handing in Prize Papers

Two members of Substance, Mille Kirstine Keis and Asger Nymann Nielsen, have each just handed in their Master thesis to The University of Copenhagen’s prize papers. Both papers were written according to the following description:

“Der ønskes en teoretisk og empirisk udforskning af fællesskaber og aktiviteter i en eller flere selvhjælpsbevægelser omkring afhængighed (fx 12-trins organisationer som Narcotics Anonymous) med fokus på, hvordan standarder (generaliserede modeller for handling og identitet) interagerer med dannelse af deltagernes subjektivitet.”

To read their papers please go to the following links:

Mille’s paper

Asger’s paper


Book launch of “Personlighedspsykologi”

Due to the fact that Mads Bank has contributed to the book “Personlighedspsykologi – en grundbog om personlighed og subjektivitet” (Edited by Simo Køppe and Jesper Dammeyer) you are hereby invited to book launch the 28th of february 2014.


15:00 – 16:00: Two presentations in the auditory at Gothersgade 140. (will be in danish)
16:00 – 17:00: Reception Department of Psychology, Øster Farimagsgade 2A, 2nd floor.

Mads has contributed with a chapter about narrative theories.