Tania Zittoun

Name Tania Zittoun
Position Professeure
Institute Institut de psychologie et éducation
Faculty Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
ORCID https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3203-2819
Research Project entries (23)
Publications Papers (236)
Research fields Sociocultural psychologist, I am interested in the development and learning of people, all lifelong. How do people create their life trajectories in complex social and cultural worlds? I am interested in how people use, in a unique manner, knowledge, arts and fiction, their life experience and that of others, to define new ways of doing and understanding. I also explore the role of imagination in human and cultural development.

My fields of expertise are:
- developmental sociocultural psychology, in a semiotic orientation;
- psychosocial perspectives in educational sciences;
- the articulation between psychoanalysis and cultural psychology;
- epistemological and methodological questions related to these disciplines, as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary work that make them possible.

My studies cover the following themes:
- Transitions in the life course, including: preapprenticeship, adolescence and youth, family life, and ageing;
- Development and learning, all lifelong, including in old age (SNF projects);
- Trajectories of migration and new mobilities (SNF & NCCR projects);
- The study of complex case studies (institutional, regional);
- Emotional, symbolic and identity dynamics in learning and thinking;
- Uses of fiction, arts, theatre and cinema as symbolic resources, and uses of religion in everyday life;
- Imagination and the pleasure of thinking
Diplomas - MA in arts & social sciences, University of Neuchâtel (Psychology, French Literature, Philosophy) (1995)
- PhD in social sciences, University of Neuchâtel (2001)
Former positions - Research and teaching assistant, University of Neuchâtel
- Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (UK)
- Marie Curie Research Fellow and SNF research fellow at Clark University (Worcester, MA, USA), the Max Planck Institute (Berlin), the University of Cambridge (UK)
- Junior associate professor at the University of Lausanne
Affiliations • Swiss federation of psychologists (FSP), Swiss society of psychologists (SSP);
• Swiss society for educational research (SSRE);
• European association for research on learning and Instruction (EARLI);
• International society for socio-cultural research (ISCAR);
• International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP).
Additional info - Associate editor of Culture & Psychology http://cap.sagepub.com/
- Member of editorial boards of: Integrative psychological and behavioral sciences http://link.springer.com/journal/volumesAndIssues/12124; Mind, Culture & Activity https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hmca20/current, and Theory & Psychology, https://journals.sagepub.com/home/tap
- Coordinator of European doctoral network of socicocultural psychology (CUPSYNET)
- Secretary of the Executive committee of ISTP
- Cofounder of AGILE, Ages for learning and growth: sociocultural perspectives, an European network funded by the European Association for Learning and Instruction