Morten Nissen

Invited Researcher


  • Presentation



My field can be called science “studies in pedagogical psychology. I chair the research program ‘Rearticulating the Formation of Motivation’. I mostly articulate practices and inscription devices of social work with theories of subjectivity, collectivity and aesthetics. I currently analyze data on technologies of self-presentation in 3 practices (community work, drug counselling, and school consultancy), and prepare a new project on ‘Modeling and the competence in care’. I am in Paris as humble apprentice to a great tradition.

Selection of publications

  1. Nissen, M. (2020). Critical Psychology: The most recent version (soon to be replaced), illustrated by the problem of motivation. In: L. Malich & V. Balz (Eds.). Psychologie und Kritik. Formen der Psychologisierung nach 1945. Berlin: Springer Verlag
  2. Nissen, M. & Mørck, L.M. (2020). Situated Generalization with Prototypes – in Dialogical Teaching. In: C. Højholt & E. Schraube (Eds.) Subjectivity and Knowledge: Generalization in the Psychological Study of Everyday Life. Berlin: Springer Verlag, 195-220
  3. Nissen, M. (2018). Who, ‘we’? The Constitution and the Singular Identity of the Collective. Subjectivity, 11(4), 357-377. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41286-018-0061-2
  4. Nissen, M. (2018). Standards of performance and aesthetics in counselling and beyond, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. Published online. DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2018.1499868.
  5. Bank, M. & Nissen, M. (2017). Beyond spaces of counselling. Qualitative Social Work, 17(4), 509-536. DOI: 10.1177/1473325016680284.
  6. Nissen, M. (2016). Standards and Standpoints. Why and how standards, and studying them, imply critique. Theory & Psychology, 26(2), 163-181
  7. Nissen, M. & Barington, K. (2016). Numbers: User- Driven Standards and Manageable Nothingness.  In: J. Bang & D. Winther-Lindqvist (Eds.), Nothingness. Philosophical Insights into Psychology (pp. 251-286). New Brunswick / London: Transaction Publishers
  8. Nissen, M. (2013). Recognising life: A study in the atheist micro-bio-politics of drugs. Subjectivity, 6, 193-211.
  9. Nissen, M. (2012). The Subjectivity of Participation: Articulating Social Work with Youth in Copenhagen. London: Palgrave/Macmillan