Annual Conference of the Jean Piaget Society

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Rethinking Language & Communicative Development

Organizers: Nancy Budwig, Charlie Lewis, Katherine Nelson

May 29–31, 2014, San Francisco, USA

The design for the 2014 meeting of the Jean Piaget Society on the topic of language and communicative development is intended to draw the series of three interrelated meetings to a conclusion and help in the process of directing the future of the discipline and the society. The series attempts to consider means of conceptualizing human development in light of advances in neuroscience, epigenetics, systems theory, evolutionary theory, cultural analyses, and epistemology, among other fields of inquiry. As the third in a three part series (following conferences on cognition and social development), the program also aims to address themes that have emerged across the three conference venues.

The focus of this conference is on the intricate relationships between language, mind and culture and the roles that language and communicative development play in the human capacity of learning from others, and building complex conceptual systems. The development of language and communication will be conceptualized as a driving force in the process of these essential aspects of human activities, as well as in the social construction of everyday interactions and the support of advances in knowledge.


  • Radu Bogdan: Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science and Director of the Cognitive Science Program at Tulane University
  • Colette Daiute: Professor of Psychology in the Ph.D. program in Human Development at the Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Eva Jablonka: Professor at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, in Tel-Aviv
  • Annette Karmiloff-Smith: Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Katherine Nelson: Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Ph.D. Program in Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Previous Meetings:

Map Park City - 2009 Quebec City - 2008 Amsterdam - 2007 Montreal - 2000 Toronto - 2004 Berkeley - 2001 Mexico City - 1999 Chicago - 2003 Baltimore - 2006 Philadelphia - 2002

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