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.

Purpose of the conference

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 Tenth International Conference on the Dialogical Self is open to psychologists and scholars of other social sciences, linguistics and arts.
The 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, political, cultural and clinical psychology. Increasingly, researchers use the theory to make meaning of the practices. Across these diverse fields, the concept of the dialogical self provides an interdisciplinary platform for innovative research, theory and practice.

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, Ghent, Belgium
The Third International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2004, 26-29 August, Warsaw, 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, United Kingdom
The Sixth International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2010, 30 September - 3 October, Athens, Greece
The Seventh International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2012, 25-28 October, Georgia, USA
The Eighth International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2014, 19-22 August, The Hague, The Netherlands
The Ninth International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2016, 7-10 September,  Lublin, Poland
The Tenth International Conference on the Dialogical Self – 2018, 13-16 June, Braga, Portugal