49th Annual Conference of the Jean Piaget Society

Globalization, Culture, & Development:
Insights and Alternatives in the Contemporary World
Organizers: Ashley Maynard & Nandita Chaudhary

June 6–8, 2019, Hilton Downtown, Portland, Oregon


The constructivist tenet that knowledge is not a copy of reality is especially useful and generative in exploring questions of adaptation to global change. In the context of current global visibility, how do we construe culture and its role in human development? What contemporary research on cultural aspects of development hold and which change, and under what conditions? And how can we use rich, culturally-instantiated findings to influence policy and effective intervention?

The plenary and invited symposia speakers in this conference will consider cultural phenomena as mechanisms for development in the context of globalization using complex, field-based, mixed methods. The invited program will be a conversation about how we can use developmental theory and innovative methods to understand change in a changing world.
Plenary Speakers

  • Robert Serpell, University of Zambia
  • Angela Valenzuela, University of Texas at Austin
  • Nandita Chaudhary, University of Delhi
  • Sunil Bhatia, Connecticut College

Invited Sessions

  • Processes of cultural change across generations, organized by Barbara Rogoff
  • What is the most important influence in Child Development? Opportunity, well-being and welfare for children and families around the world, led by Thomas Weisner
  • Conversation with Colette Daiute and Patricia Greenfield about theories of human development in contemporary globalization
As always, we welcome submissions on any topic in developmental science!

View the Call for Papers