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Human Perspectives

Iedere tweede donderdag van de maand - Every second Thursday of the month

We leven in een wereld die steeds complexer wordt met steeds meer onderlinge verbinding. Nooit eerder hadden we zo gemakkelijk toegang tot andere landen, culturen en volken.
Waar passen wij in dit mondiale dorp?
Wij nemen u mee op ontdekkingsreis. Door middel van een reeks boeiende en verhelderende lezingen, maak je kennis met een verscheidenheid aan stemmen en een schat aan perspectieven. Verdiep je in je identiteit!

Deze serie is een samenwerkingsverband van Studium Generale met Klankbordgroep Diversiteitsbeleid Universiteit Leiden.

We live in a world of ever-increasing complexity and connectivity. Never before have we had such easy access to other countries, cultures and people.
Where do we all fit into this global village?
We lead you on a journey of discovery. Through a series of engaging and enlightening lectures, you will hear from a diversity of voices and encounter a wealth of perspectives. Deepen your understanding of your identity!

This series is a co-production of Studium Generale and Klankbordgroep Diversiteitsbeleid Universiteit Leiden.

Do caregivers in non-Western communities adapt their behaviors to the needs of young children? This question reflects one of the most long-standing debates on the universality versus culture-specificity of caregiver–infant interactions in general and child-centered sensitive responsiveness to infants in particular. On one end of the discussion scholars argue that child-centered caregiving is a Western practice based on culture-specific interpretations of childhood and parenting, whereas on the other end of the discussion, researchers argue that such caregiving is universal and based on evolutionary factors favoring caregiver responsiveness to ensure child survival.
In this presentation, an integration of both points of view is presented, based on extensive observations of caregivers in the Philippines, the Republic of Congo, Mali, Kenya, and Peru. Video materials from these communities will be shown to illustrate the notion of universality without uniformity, i.e., the notion that the specific expression of child-centered caregiving can vary widely depending on the physical and social context, but can serve the same basic caregiving function that is universally relevant. 


Prof Judi Mesman, Dean Leiden University College and professor The Interdisciplinary study of societal challenges, Leiden University

Time and Venue

Thursday March 14
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Room 019
Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1

All welcome!
Entrance is free.
No registration needed.

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