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purpose of the conference

The exploration of the dialogical self has a broad scope including such far-reaching areas as literary science, brain research, empirical psychology, and psychotherapeutic practice. It brings together different fields of psychology, such as personal, developmental, social, political, cultural, educational and clinical psychology. The researchers use the theory to make meaning of their practices increasingly. Across these diverse fields, the concept of the dialogical self provides an interdisciplinary platform for innovative research, theory, and practice.

 

The purpose of the 11th International Conference is to explore how the Dialogical Self Theory could offer different  approaches to changes in identity in multiple scenarios. Through the diverse activities along the conference we expect to strengthen the conceptual and methodological bases of the research and intervention focused on the identity, inspired by the DST. We invite psychologists, pedagogues, sociologists, philosophers, linguists, academics and other social scientists to participate in this dialogue. All contributors are suggested to create a link between their own research and the Dialogical Self Theory.

concept of dialogical self

The concept of the dialogical self, proposed originally by Hubert Hermans, professor of psychology, inseminated a dynamic development in psychology and the social sciences. The topic is connected to the concepts of theorists such as Bakhtin and James and it inspires the latest developments in cultural, cognitive and social psychology, as well as advancements in education, counseling, and psychotherapy. This new approach is closely related to narrative psychology, constructivism, and cultural psychology, but the focus is on the multivoiced self. According to the concept of the dialogical self, the individual self is social in origin and dialogical in its potential. The self reflects and appropriates the voices of society and significant others, and within the functioning of the self we consider these voices in dialogue. In general terms, we learn what we dialogue in our mind. In this sense, the quality of the voices with which we dialogue will decisively influence the quality of the learning that we achieve. In this way, a deep, functional and generative learning can be very useful to manage personal conflicts, solve problems or deal with incidents in different contexts such as educational, therapeutic, social or cultural.

 

Past events

The First International Conference on the Dialogical Self - 2000, 23-26 June, The Netherlands. 
The Second International Conference on the Dialogical Self - 2002, 18-20 October, Belgium. 
The Third International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2004, 26-29 August, Poland. 
The Fourth International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2006, 1-3 June,  Braga, Portugal. 
The Fifth International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2008, 26-29 August, Cambridge.
The Sixth International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2010, 30 Sept- 3 October, Athens.
The Seventh International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2012, 25-28 October, Georgia.
The Eighth International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2014, 19-22 August, The Hague.
The Ninth International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2016, 7-10 September,  Lublin.
The Tenth International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2018, 13-16 June, Braga, Portugal.

The Eleventh International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2020, 10-13 June, Catalonia.