Bio: Following a career as a teacher of physical education and sports and subsequently a trainer of teachers and trainers, Vincent Grosstephan completed a doctoral thesis in the field of education in 2011; his work focused on the issue of professional development within the area of continuing education involving researchers and practitioners. Since 2011 he has served as a teacher and researcher at the University of Reims. Vincent Grosstephan has worked in the field of circus since 2011. Initially focusing on risk management training issues in circus schools, he subsequently began working within the framework of the INTENTS project. In particular, he has helped define the profession of a circus arts teacher in a vocational school while also focusing on engineering the process for teacher training in Europe. He is currently developing a work on the analysis and development of activity in collective and joint-work situations, working within the cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) framework.
Title: The Other – Defining Risk
Abstract: I place myself firmly alongside the activity of managing risk-taking and its development, and not risk as a situation. My theoretical framework is the historical and cultural theory of activity to which the situated, collective, cultural and historical dimensions are central. The question of otherness is therefore fundamental. On the one hand, I find that in the very activity of risk-taking, things that are essential from the point of view of relation to others are played out and, on the other hand, that the development of this risk-taking activity also expresses (between teachers and students) important issues of recognition of the other in its difference. I will rely on examples drawn from teaching situations and self-confrontation interviews with teachers and students.