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Inaugural Professorial Lecture - Professor Viv Burr
Wed 5 April 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
Inaugural Professorial Lecture
Being critical, being constructivist and why it matters
We live in an era characterised by the search for detailed truths about people. The 20th and (so far) 21st centuries have witnessed the emergence of numerous claims from psychologists and others about the nature and origins of diverse phenomena such as intelligence, mental illness, dyslexia, sexual orientation, gender identity, addictions and personality characteristics. Professor Viv Burr will talk about why we should adopt a ‘radical scepticism’ toward all such truth claims; drawing on examples from her own research she will illustrate her search not for truths but for ‘alternative constructions’.
Viv Burr is Professor of Critical Psychology at the University of Huddersfield. She is known internationally for her book Social Constructionism, and has also published widely in the fields of Personal Construct Psychology and Gender and is Co-Editor of Personal Construct Theory and Practice. She is a member of the Centre for Applied Psychological Research, and her research interests focus on the application of innovative qualitative methods to real-world issues. Her recent work includes an exploration of the experiences of and challenges faced by working elder carers, cross-cultural perceptions and inter-generational perceptions, and the psychological meaning of the natural world.
Registration from 5.30pm in Brontë Lecture Theatre foyer.
There will be a drinks reception in the foyer following the lecture.
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Date and Time
Brontë Lecture Theatre, ground floor, room 5 (BLG/05)
University of Huddersfield