Karimi-Aghdam Saeed, Tutkijatohtori / Postdoctoral Researcher

Karimi-Aghdam Saeed, Tutkijatohtori / Postdoctoral Researcher
soveltava kielitiede / Applied Linguistics
F 204

Saeed Karimi-Aghdam is a postdoctoral research fellow affiliated with the Research Collegium for Language in Changing Society (RECLAS) at the Department of Language and Communication Studies. He holds degrees from the University of Jyväskylä (PhD in Applied Linguistics, 2017), Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University (MA in English Language Teaching, 2007), and the University of Tabriz  (BA in English Language & Literature, 2003). His areas of research include sociocultural theory, dynamic systems theory, cultural-historical psychology, root metaphor theory, emergentism, TESOL, second language acquisition, and philosophy of language development. His current project focuses on developing a novel metatheoretical architecture for second language development which he has termed 'Purposive-Historical Systems Theory' (PHiST) and proposes more precisely a framework which weds the underlying premises and axioms of dynamic systems theory with those of cultural-historical theory and invokes cross-disciplinary threads including different strands of second language acquisition to feed into the nascent metamodel.


  • Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2017.
  • M.A., English Language Teaching, Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University, Tabriz, Iran, 2007.
  • B.A., English Language & Literature, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran, 2003.

Research Interests:

  • Purposive-Historical Systems Theory (PHiST)
  • Sociocultural Theory
  • Cultural-Historical Psychology
  • Second Language Development
  • Dynamic Systems Theory
  • Philosophy of Language Development
  • Emergentism
  • Root Metaphor Theory


Journal Articles

1. Karimi-Aghdam, S. (2016a). A dialectical reading of dynamic systems theory: Transcending socialized cognition and cognized social dualism in L2 studies. Language and Sociocultural Theory, 3(1): 31-58. https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/LST/article/view/27547

2. Karimi-Aghdam, S. (2016b). Moving toward a supertheory for all seasons: Dialectical dynamic systems theory and sociocultural theory - A reply to McCafferty (2016). Language and Sociocultural Theory, 3(1): 65-71. https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/LST/article/view/30478

3. Karimi-Aghdam, S. (2016c). Dancing with alternative lyrics: Integrating sociocultural, dialogical and dynamical conceptualizations of language and its development for L2 studies.(co-authored with Hannele Dufva & Mika Lähteenmäki), Finnish Association for Applied Linguistics (AFinLA) Yearbook 2016, 74: 163-183. http://ojs.tsv.fi/index.php/afinlavk/article/view/59725

4. Karimi-Aghdam, S. (2017a). Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) as an emergent system: A dynamic systems theory perspective. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 51(1): 76-93. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12124-016-9359-1

5. Karimi-Aghdam, S. (2017b). Rethinking Vygotskian cultural-historical theory in light of Pepperian root metaphor theory: Dynamic interplay of organicism and contextualism. Human Development, 59(5): 251-282. http://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/452719

Book Reviews

1. Karimi-Aghdam, S. (2016). Review of de Bot, K. (2015). A history of applied linguistics: From 1980 to the present. New York: Routledge. International Journal of Applied Linguistics. 26(3): 455-460. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijal.12160/full

2. Karimi-Aghdam, S. (2017). Review of Van Compernolle, R. A. (2015). Interaction and second Language Development: A Vygotskian perspective. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. RELC Journal, 48(2): 286-288. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0033688216661253


1. Karimi-Aghdam, S. (2007). Analyzing discussion sections of research articles in applied linguistics: From schematic to thematic structures. Unpublished MA Thesis. Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University, Tabriz, Iran. 167 pages + XVI.

2. Karimi-Aghdam, S. (2017). Developing a metatheoretical framework for second language development: A cultural-historical theory and dynamic systems theory perspective. Published PhD Dissertation, Jyväskylä Studies in Humanities Series 320, ISSN 1459-4323; 320 (print), ISSN 1459-4331; 320 (PDF); 267 pages.