Cultural Historical Research SIG 30

Co-Program Chairs


Antti Rajala
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Education 
University of Oulu

Antti Rajala, Ph.D. is Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Education, University of Oulu. Rajala's research interests include dialogic pedagogy, global education, as well as learning, agency, and activism in education. Currently, he leads the project Pedagogy of concrete utopias: Promoting youth climate activism in formal education (2020-2023, funded by the Academy of Finland and Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation). Rajala serves as Co-Editor in Mind Culture and Activity; Associate Editor in Frontline Learning Research; and Co-Editor in Outlines: Critical Practice Studies. 

Selected Publications 
Rajala, A., Kumpulainen, K., Lipponen L., Rainio, A., & Hilppö, J. (2016). Dealing with the contradiction of agency and control during dialogic teaching. Learning, Culture, & Social Interaction, 10, 17-26.

Rajala, A., Rainio, A., Hilppö, J., Kurenlahti, E. A., & Lipponen, L. (2021). Critical compassion in Finnish early childhood educators’ responses to challenges of acting compassionately. In H. Harju-Luukkanen, J. Kangas, & S. Garvis (Eds.), Finnish Early Childhood Education and Care - From Research to Policy and Practice Springer International Publishing AG. 

José Ramón Lizárraga
Learning Science & Human Development
University of Colorado Boulder

José Ramón Lizárraga is Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences and Human Development at the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a learning scientist, José uses ethnographic, video, and multimodal research methods to investigate the role of social networks, television, and other digital new media in the learning of teachers and youth. Currently, his work examines the collaborative practices of novice teachers and adolescents at the intersection of virtual and in-person terrains of practice. Click here for Dr. Lizárraga's extended academic bio.

Selected Publications 
Gutiérrez, K. D., Becker, B. L., Espinoza, M. L., Cortes, K. L., Cortez, A., Lizárraga, J. R., Rivero, E., Villegas, K., & Yin, P. (2019). Youth as historical actors in the production of possible futures. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 1-18.

Lizárraga, J.R. & Cortez, A. (2019).  #gentrification, Cultural Erasure, and the (Im)possibilities of Digital Queer Gestures. In A. DeKosnik, K. Feldman (Eds.), #identity: Hashtagging Race, Gender, Sex, and Nation.