Alberta Contarello, Ph.D.
Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Social Psychology
Section of Applied Psychology
University of Padova
via Venezia 8, Padova, Italy
Phone: +39 049 8276647
Fax: +39 049 8276600
Alberta Contarello is Professor of Social Psychology at the
University of Padova, Italy. Her fields of teaching and research are
Social Psychology and Qualitative Methods in SP Research. Her research
interests have regarded and regard the following fields: a. social
psychology of interpersonal relations, mainly in historical and
comparative perspective; b. nonverbal cues in social interaction, with
focus on the communicative role of gestures and facial expressions; c.
social psychology of emotions, Self and identity; d. social psychology
and literature, with archive research on Self and social relationships.
Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, UK (1996) as well as,
more briefly, of Budapest/Pécs, Hungary and Florianopolis, Brazil, she
enjoys cultural exchanges and co-authored various cross-cultural and
inter-cultural studies. Her current interests concern the social
construction of knowledge, with particular regard to social issues in
phases of change and debate. The macro-level theme is social inclusion
vs. exclusion, while specific themes regard aging, science&gender,
ICTs, environmental conflicts and social well-being (http://dpa.psy.unipd.it/it/index.php?p=25&id=29)
Theoretically, she has adopted a social constructivist macro-frame, i.e. a social constructivist stance which takes into account psychological processes and places particular emphasis on membership, praxis and value endorsement (cf., co-written with Bruno Mazzara The Social Dimensions of Psychological Processes Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2000, in Italian). She is thus in dialogue with social constructionism but also with the social representations approach, mainly from narrative and relational angles.
Her commitment – as well as her research group’s – is to work in partnership with participants, acknowledging the situated mark of social interaction, in view of potential generation of new perspectives and horizons.