Moscow CHAT Reading Club — ReadingLive


Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE) launches a new scientific and educational project ReadingLive: Moscow CHAT Reading Club. The project is operated by The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Contemporary Childhood and The International UNESCO Chair “Cultural-Historical Psychology of Childhood” with the International Journal “Cultural-Historical Psychology” and the Project “Vygotsky’s Library”, MSUPE.

ReadingLive: Moscow CHAT Reading Club is a forum for psychologists, educators, researchers, students and all those interested in Cultural-Historical Psychology and Activity Approach.

ReadingLive: Moscow CHAT Reading Club is organized in a format where people from all over the world are invited to read and discuss both classic and contemporary works, written in the framework of the Cultural-Historical Psychology and Activity Approach.

Note: Cultural-Historical Psychology and Activity Theory (CHAT)

For each meeting a book or a paper will be recommended for reading in advance.

The meetings of the reading group will take place once a month in Zoom. The meeting includes a short presentation by an invited expert and an open discussion.

It is necessary to register in advance:

Project Moderators 

Olga RubtsovaOlga Rubtsova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Reaserch on Contemporary Childhood, MSUPE

Anna ShvedovskayaAnna Shvedovskaya, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of Department of Information & Publishing Projects, MSUPE

Meeting 1. October, 12 (2020)

The Urgency of Agency: Novel Frontiers and Directions

The first meeting will take place on October, 12 at 18:00 Moscow time.

Invited expert

Anna StetsenkoAnna Stetsenko, PhD in Psychology, Full Professor, Head of the Department, Developmental Psychology and Professor of Urban Education, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York, USA

About Anna Stetsenko, for recent publications, visit:


Eduardo ViannaEduardo Vianna, Professor, LaGuardia Community College, The Graduate Center, New York city University, New York, USA

About Eduardo Vianna, also read Raising Ambitions: The Challenge in Teaching at Community Colleges, The New York Times, Dec. 19, 2014

Recommended for reading:

Stetsenko A. Critical Challenges in Cultural-Historical Activity Theory: the Urgency of Agency. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2020. Vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 5–18. doi:10.17759/chp.2020160202. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

The paper was published in the special issue of the Journal Cultural-Historical Psychology timed to the Summer ISCAR Seminar 2020.

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