James V. Wertsch

Washington University in St. Louis
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Anthropology and Archaeology
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James V. Wertsch, Ph.D., is Professor of Anthropology and Vice Chancellor for International Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the director of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy. His topics of study are issues of identity and memory that are interdisciplinary in nature, including the study of collective memory in Russia, Estonia, and Georgia. His wokr is concerned with collective memory and identity with particular interests in how these issues play out in Russia, the Republic of Georgia, and Estonia, but his research is also motivated by a broader set of concerns about the nature of collective memory in general. In previous writings he has drawn on the ideas of L.S. Vygotsky, M.M. Bakhtin, and others in order to examine problems of language and thought from a sociocultural perspective. Some of his publications include "Voices of the Mind: Sociocultural Approach to Mediated Action," "Voices of collective remembering," "Enough! The Rose Revolution in the Republic of Georgia in 2003," "The Cambridge Companion to Vygotsky," and "Memory in mind and culture."

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