The convention on Jerome Bruner on 27 October at the University of Florence
Translation by Giulia Lombardo
On Friday 27 October, the department of Science of Education and Psychology of the University of Florence organises the international convention “Beyond the information given – reflections on the legacy of Jerome Bruner (Florence, Aula Magna del Rettorato, piazza S. Marco 4, from 9 am to 5:30 pm).
The event aims at igniting reflection on the works of Jerome Bruner, the American psychologist, pioneer of cognitive psychology in the framework of psychology of education, who passed away last year. In particular, the centre of reflection will be the concept of going beyond the information given, which is at the basis of the constructivist theory of meaning, creativity and the turning point of a narrative work. Special attention will be given to the development of narrative skills on childhood and how they enable the co-construction of reality.
After the welcome speech, the day’s schedule will be introduced by Andrea Smorti (department of Science of Education and Psychology of the University of Florence). The morning session, coordinated by Antonio Iannaccone (Institut de psychologie et éducation, Centre de recherche en psychologie socioculturelle, Neuchâtel), will be dedicated to the theme of development of social cognition and linguistic games with Jens Brockmeier (Department of Psychology, The American University of Paris) and Ilaria Grazzani (Department of human sciences for Education “R.Massa”, University of Milano-Bicocca). The day continues with “life stories about autism” with Alessandra Fasulo (Department of Psychology, Portsmouth, Hampshire).
In the second part of the morning (chair: Andrea Smorti, University of Florence) “Plot, Plight and dramatism: how narration allows biographical perception, with Tilmann Habermas (Department of Psychology, Goethe University, Frankfurt) followed by, “The imaginative space of debate: children as explorers of possible worlds” with Antonio Iannaccone (Institut de psychologie et éducation, Centre de recherche en psychologie socioculturelle, Neuchâtel).
In the afternoon, (chair: Jens Brockmeier, Department of Psychology, The American University of Paris) Sergio Salvatore (department of history, society and human studies of the University of Lecce) will talk about “The role of the third in significance attribution”, followed by Andrea Smorti (University of Florence) with a reflection on “Autobiographical memory and narration: from Vygotsky to Bruner”.
The day will conclude with a round table on “Narration and conversation in childhood”. The discussion will be coordinated by Ilaria Grazzani (department of human sciences for education “R.Massa”, University of Milano-Bicocca) and will be participated in by Federico Batini, Simone Giusti, Emiddia Longobardi, Veronica Ornaghi, Dolores Rollo.
The event is addressed to psychology students and researchers and to all those dealing with narration and biography in education, training, social sciences, health, and childhood services.