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International Conference On The Dialogical Self | Oct. 25-28

Thu, October 25, 2012

Location: The University Of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA
Keynote speakers: Jeffrey Arnett, Miguel Goncalves, Hubert Hermans, and Peter Raggatt.
Lectures by: John Rowan and Hank Stam. Symposia, workshops and papers.

This is a conference on self, identity, and dialogue with post-conference workshop on new methods, applications of dialogical self theory

Post-conference workshop by Agnieszka Hermans-Konopka, Hubert Hermans, and Ton Voogt
The concept of the dialogical self, based on the work of psychologist Hubert Hermans and others, is a growing development in psychology that combines the concepts of theorists such as Bakhtin and James with the latest developments in cultural, cognitive and social psychology, as well as advancements in 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 function. 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.

The purpose of the conference is to create a forum for dialogue across the boundaries of specific (sub)disciplines that explores the possibilities and challenges related to the dialogical self. As such, the Seventh International Conference on the Dialogical Self is open to psychologists and scholars of other social sciences and arts.

Exploration of the dialogical self has a broad scope, including areas as far-reaching as literary science, brain research, empirical psychology, and psychotherapy practice. It brings together different fields of psychology, such as personality, developmental, social, and clinical psychology. Increasingly, educational researchers use the theory to make meaning of the complexity of classroom practice. Across these diverse fields, the concept of the dialogical self provides an interdisciplinary platform for innovative research, theory and practice.

Central topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following: self and identity, culture and self, globalization, social power and dominance, self and emotions, dialogue and linguistics, reconstruction of self-narratives in psychotherapy, dialogue and development, dialogical teaching practices.

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