Hanne De Jaegher, D.Phil., is a philosopher and cognitive scientist. She is fascinated by how we think, work, play—basically: live and love—together. For studying this, she has developed the enactive theory of intersubjectivity called participatory sense-making.

Participatory sense-making provides a coherent and comprehensive framework for investigating our rich social lives. Its concepts and methodologies build bridges between different fields and sectors working on (inter-)subjectivity, and find application in real-life issues such as autism, therapeutic practices, learning and teaching, intimacy, development. In turn, these applications inform the further construction of the theory.

She believes that interdisciplinarity and open-mindedness are essential for this work, and collaborates with psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, sociologists, physical therapists, systemic therapists, movement experts, people with autism.

Hanne gained her D.Phil. at the University of Sussex (2007), and Licentiate at the Free University of Brussels (2001). She has been employed in three Marie Skłodowska-Curie projects (one individual grant and 2 training networks), and has worked, among other places, at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire, the Sussex Autistic Society, and the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Heidelberg.

Since January 2015, she holds a Ramón y Cajal Research Fellowship from the Spanish government, and works at the IAS-Research Centre for Life, Mind, and Society, Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of the Basque Country.

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