[Vlad Glăveanu] Creativity: an interactive phenomenon

PhD Vlad Glăveanu. Full Professor of Psychology, Dublin City University – Former Head of the Department of Psychology & Counseling, Webster University Geneva – President of the Possibility Studies Network

|| Interview by ||
Tony Grisoni. Screenwriter (UK & Italy)
Vinca Wiedemann. Script-consultant & Story supervisor (Denmark)

|| Intentions ||
Creativity as dialogue
“The dominant image of creativity in psychology and, to some extent, the arts, is that of a special mental process characteristic for some people (creative individuals) rather than others (who might hold creative potential but never get to enact it). In this talk I will challenge this representation by arguing that creativity has less to do with individual minds and more with relationships – between people, objects, settings, and culture. In particular, I will advance the notion that the creative process can be understood as a dialogue of perspectives in which different points of view meet, clash, and transform each other. This sociocultural framework moves us away from traditional ideas of novelty, originality, value, etc., and towards a new vocabulary for creative work including the notions of difference, position, perspective, and dialogue. Creativity as an act of repositioning and perspective-taking will be discussed with a view towards the activity of writers and other creative artists.”— Vlad Glăveanu

Vlad Glăveanu, PhD, is Full Professor of Psychology, School of Psychology, at Dublin City University and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for the Science of Learning and Technology (SLATE), University of Bergen, Norway, as well as President of the Possibility Studies Network (PSN).

His work focuses on creativity, imagination, culture, collaboration, and societal challenges. He edited the Palgrave Handbook of Creativity and Culture (2016) and the Oxford Creativity Reader (2018), co-edited the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity Across Domains (2017) and the Oxford Handbook of Imagination and Culture (2017), authored The Possible: A Sociocultural Theory (Oxford University Press, 2020) and Wonder: The Extraordinary Power of an Ordinary Experience (Bloomsbury, 2020), and authored or co-authored more than 200 articles and book chapters in these areas.

Vlad co-edits the book series Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture for Palgrave Macmillan. In 2018, he received the Berlyne Award from the APA Division 10 for outstanding early career contributions to the field of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts.