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The urgency of agency: Radical conceptual-political steps for social transformation with the tools of Marxist/activity theory away from political neutrality, eurocentrism, and conformism.
Anna Stetsenko (The Graduate Center, The City University of New York)
Discussant: Michael Zander

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Anna Stetsenko,
Dr. Anna Stetsenko is a full Professor in Psychology and Urban Education PhD Programs at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (with previous work experiences in Russia, Germany and Switzerland). Her research is situated at the intersection of human development, philosophy, and education with particular interest in topics of agency and social transformation. Rooted in Marxism and its extension in Vygotsky's project, her works advance this project and bring out its political-critical edge while connecting to contemporary critical projects of resistance and activism. Her works have culminated in the Transformative Activist Stance approach with implications for research and a pedagogy of daring. This is reflected in the recent book The Transformative Mind: Expanding Vygotsky’s Approach to Development and Education (Cambridge University Press, 2017), which brings together and critically examines a wide spectrum of approaches to situate and further develop activist agendas of social justice and equality. She is widely published in English and Russian, and in translations into German, Italian and Portuguese.

Michael Zander,
Dr. Michael Zander holds a stand-in professorship in Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal. While he has an expertise in disability studies, his publications deal with variety of issues in Critical Psychology. Recent projects focused on teaching and learning at the university and practice research. He is part of the editorial board of "Forum Kritische Psychologie - Neue Folge".