Call for Program Submissions


Call for Program Submissions
Jean Piaget Society, 48th Annual Meeting

The Dynamics of Development:
Process, (Inter-)Action, & Complexity

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 31 – June 2, 2018
Hotel CASA Eerste Ringdijkstaat 4, 1097 BC, Amsterdam

ORGANIZERS: Paul van Geert (RUG), David Witherington (University of New Mexico), and Jan Boom (UU)

The question most central to developmental science is also the field’s most elusive: How does human development work? In brief, how do new structures, patterns and levels of organization arise in human development? This question of how—targeting as it does the dynamics of development and the means by which development proceeds—is one that classic systems approaches to psychological development (such as Piaget’s) began to address in the first decades of the 20th century. For much of the 20th century, however, developmental science routinely sidestepped dynamic questions, as the field grew increasingly reductionist in its orientation. Nonetheless, recent decades have witnessed a steady revival of emphasis on taking the question of dynamics seriously, yielding a focus on the embodied and embedded activity of individuals in time and context. This entails an understanding of how the real-time activities of people arise from the complex, dynamic relations of body, brain, and environment and of how these real-time activities yield developmental-time changes in people’s psychological organization. It involves, in other words, a focus on self-organization and emergence, on nonlinearity and variability. The invited program for JPS 2018 will provide a survey of perspectives on how to think about and study the dynamics of development.

Paul van Geert (Groningen) presenting the Dynamic Systems perspective
Karen Adolph (New York) presenting the Ecological/Gibsonian perspective
Mark Bickhard (Lehigh) presenting the Interactivist perspective
Ezequiel Di Paolo (Ikerbasque) presenting the Enactive perspective

Chaired by Thomas Bidell & Michael Mascolo, Ellen Hamaker, Tom Hollenstein, and Jeremy Burman, will cover Dynamic Skills theory, conceptual and methodological grounds for the study of intraindividual variation, and historical considerations relevant to current work in developmental dynamics

As always, we welcome submissions on any topic in developmental science!

>>>Call for Papers<<<

We are using on-line submission forms. When the form is completed, you will have the option to save a copy as a PDF or MS Word file. Visit:

Full bibliographic references are not required. Tables and figures are not supported in the submission process. If you feel that tables or figures are essential to evaluation of your proposal, please contact Chris Lalonde (

Submission Deadline: 15 December 2017

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