J.T. Burman, PhD
I am presently pursuing two main projects:
- The history and theory of developmental psychology, especially related to Jean Piaget. This aligns with RUG's stategic focus on "healthy ageing" by helping us to understand the primary theoretical framework informing our contemporary conception of human development: what does it mean to "age" such that we might then do it in a "healthy" way?
Burman, J. T. (in press). Development under evolution: Examining neglected invisibles, like Piaget’s, is the task of intellectual history. In R. J. Sternberg & W. Pickren, eds, Handbook of the intellectual history of psychology: How psychological ideas have evolved from past to present. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Burman, J. T. (2016). Piaget’s neo-Gödelian turn: Between biology and logic, origins of the New Theory. Theory & Psychology, 26(6), 751-772. doi:10.1177/0959354316672595
Ratcliff, M. J., & Burman, J. T. (2015). De la geste archivistique au geste de l’historien : comment une politique d’archivage proxémique permet de retrouver un inédit disséminé. [From archivist’s operation to historian’s action: How a ‘proxemic’ approach enabled the discovery of several unpublished books by Piaget.] In J.-F. Bert & M. J. Ratcliff (Eds.), Frontières d’archives : recherche, mémoire, savoirs. [Archival frontiers : Research, memory, knowledge] (pp. 131-144). Paris: Éditions des archives contemporaines.
Theory of History
Burman, J. T. (2015). Neglect of the foreign invisible: Historiography and the navigation of conflicting sensibilities. History of Psychology, 18(2), 146-169. doi: 10.1037/a0039194
- The importation of methods from the Digital Humanities for use as tools in reflecting on psychology, which is the basis for my lab: "the epistemic cartography lab."
Burman, J. T. (in press). Through the looking-glass: PsycINFO as an historical archive of trends in psychology. History of Psychology. doi:10.1037/hop0000082
Burman, J. T. (2018). What is History of Psychology? Network analysis of Journal Citation Reports, 2009-2015. Sage Open. doi: 10.1177/2158244018763005
Burman, J. T., Green, C. D., & Shanker, S. (2015). On the meanings of self-regulation: Digital humanities in service of conceptual clarity. Child Development, 86(5), 1507-1521. doi:10.1111/cdev.12395
I will add more detailed descriptions and links when I have a chance.
Most students will find it easier to engage with Project #2. Indeed, I teach two weeks of conceptual network analysis as my contribution to the 3rd-year Honours Theoretical seminar. But those with language skills in French, and an interest in archival fieldwork, may be interested in accompanying me on a research trip to the Piaget Archives in Geneva.
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