The International Society for Dialogical Science (ISDS) serves as a network of scholars – both researchers and practitioners – whose work focuses upon dialogue and the self. Members come from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds including psychology, sociology and social anthropology, psychiatry, the humanities including literature, history, philosophy, theology, the arts, and others. Members live and work in more than two dozen countries. ISDS was formally constituted under Dutch law in June 2002 and was established at Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. is the official web domain for ISDS

New Publication


Hubert J. M. Hermans' new book, Society in the Self: A Theory of Identity in Democracy, has been published by Oxford University Press (2018). Information about the volume can be found at this link at the OUP website. As Jaan Valsiner (Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark) comments: "Society in the Self is the latest advancement in the Dialogical Self theory that has been created by one of the most innovative social scientists of the recent decades: Hubert Hermans. This book extends the original system of the multi-voiced processes that take place in the human individual Self to the operation of societies, with the specific focus on how democratic societies function. This is very much needed in our present time when we often become involved in fighting for democracy in societies other than our own, not analyzing the complex processes by which our own democratic systems function. This book fills in the gap, and introduces a new way of analyzing societies as dynamic systems in their deep dialogical tensions and occasional ruptures."

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10th International Conference on the Dialogical Self
University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, June 13-16, 2018

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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.


The 9th International Conference on the Dialogical Self
John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, September 7-10, 2016

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New Publication

Assessing and Stimulating a Dialogical Self in Groups, Teams, Cultures, and Organizations
Hubert J. M. Hermans (Ed.)
2016, New York, NY: Springer (
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ISBN 978-3-319-32481-4 (hardcover) 978-3-319-32482-1 (e-book)

This book presents 9 theory-based and practice-oriented methods for assessing and stimulating a multi-voiced dialogical self in the context of groups, teams, cultures, and organizations. All of these methods are based on Dialogical Self Theory. The book deals with the practical implications of this theory as applied in the areas of coaching, training, and counseling.  A number of chapters focus on the process of positioning and dialogue on the level of the self, while other chapters combine self-processes with group work, and still others find their applications in leadership development and team-work in organizations. For each of the nine methods, the chapters present theory, method, case-study and discussions and make clear what kind of problems can be tackled using the method discussed.

The 8th International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-8) was held at the Hague University of Applied Sciences (de Haagse Hogeschool) in The Netherlands during August 19-22, 2014.

Browsers can directly download the flyer with the Call for Proposals and other conference information in pdf format here. (posted 05/29/2013)

Special Issue of the International Journal for Dialogical Science on Education and the Dialogical Self

Guest edited by Frans Meijers, the Spring 2013 issue of the IJDS has been published on the topic of Education and the Dialogical Self. The papers in this special issue are drawn from an international group of scholars and each paper is subject to an accompanying peer commentary. Readers are invited to examine the journal at this link. (posted 20130529)

New Publication: Dialogic Formations - Investigations into the Origins & Development of the Dialogical Self (2012)

Dialogic Formations [Cover]
A new publication on the Dialogical Self, Dialogic Formations: Investigations into the Origins & Development of the Dialogical Self, has been published by IAP - Information Age Publishing (Charlotte, NC, USA.). It is edited by Marie-Cécile Bertau (Ludwig Maximilians-University), Miguel M. Gonçalves (University of Minho), and Peter T. F. Raggatt (James Cook University). The publisher describes the volume in this fashion:

This volume understands itself as an invitation to follow a fundamental shift in perspective, away from the self-contained 'I' of Western conventions, and towards a relational self, where development and change are contingent on otherness. In the framework of 'Dialogical Self Theory' (Hermans & Hermans-Konopka, 2010; Hermans & Gieser, 2012), it is precisely the forms of interaction and exchange with others and with the world that determine the course of the self's development. The volume hence addresses dialogical processes in human interaction from a psychological perspective, bringing together previously separate theoretical traditions about the 'self' and about 'dialogue' within the innovative framework of Dialogical Self Theory. The book is devoted to developmental questions, and so broaches one of the more difficult and challenging topics for models of a pluralist self: the question of how the dynamics of multiplicity emerge and change over time. This question is explored by addressing ontogenetic questions, directed at the emergence of the dialogical self in early infancy, as well as microgenetic questions, addressed to later developmental dynamics in adulthood. Additionally, development and change in a range of culture-specific settings and practices is also examined, including the practices of mothering, of migration and cross-cultural assimilation, and of 'doing psychotherapy'.

Interested readers may download more information about this volume via a flyer in pdf format
at this link or read further about the book (including ordering information) at the publisher's website. (posted 20130417)

The 7th International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-7) took place October 25-28, 2012 at the University of Georgia (USA). updated 10/20/2011)

The beautiful University of Georgia Conference Center (UGA, Athens, GA) was the site for the 7th International Conference on the Dialogical Self. The complete program, schedule, and keynote address PowerPoint presentations for the conference have been posted among the materials on the Past ICDS Conferences page. (posted 01/05/2013)
New Issue of
International Journal for Dialogical Science (IJDS)

A new issue of the International Journal for Dialogical Science (IJDS) for Fall, 2012 (Vol. 6, No. 2) has been published at this link. This issue focuses upon a qualitative study by Lisette Dillon (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) of gifted young adolescents and the construction of dialogical selves via e-mail. Her paper is reviewed by two other scholars (Olga V. Lehmann-Oliveros [Universidad de La Sabena, Colombia] and Sara Chaves [Federal University of Bahia, Brazil]) who offer commentaries on her paper. (posted 10/07/2012)

New Publication: Interplays between Dialogical Learning and Dialogical Self (2012)
A newly edited volume, Interplays Between Dialogical Learning and Dialogical Self, has been published by IAP - Information Age Publishing (Charlotte, NC, USA). Edited by M. Beatrice Ligorio (Università deli Studi di Bari, Italy) and Margarida César (Universidade de Lisboa, Instituto de Educação, Portugal), this book is the latest volume in the series, Advances in Cultural Psychology (Jaan Valsiner, Clark University, Series Editor). The publisher describes this new work in this fashion:

Education is a main issue in all countries. Policy makers, educators, families, students and, in a more general way, societies expect schools to provide a high quality education. They also expect students to be able to achieve and to become active and critical citizens. As senior researchers in education, we address some of the most complex and demanding research questions: How does learning affect identity? How does participation to educational settings, scenarios and situations impact the way we are or became? Can changes in how we perceive our Selves be considered as part of the learning process? This book attempts to outline some answers to such broad questions using a very robust and updated theoretical frame: the dialogical approach. In these chapters very well-known international authors from different continents and countries analyze school and educational situations through new lens: by considering the teaching and learning processes as multi-voiced and socially complex and considering identity development as a true leverage for development. The focus on the dialogical nature of both learning and identities makes this book interesting not only for educators and educational researchers but also for anyone interested in human sciences, policy makers, students and their families. We also aimed at producing a book that can be useful for different cultures and educational systems. Thus, in this book there are research findings and comments from different cultural perspectives, making it appealing for a very large target-public.

Interested readers download more information about this volume via a flyer in pdf format at this link or read further about the Advances in Cultural Psychology Series at the publisher's website. (posted 20120929)

International Journal for Dialogical Science (IJDS): New Special Issue Published

The Spring, 2012 issue of the
IJDS (Vol. 6, No. 1) has just been published and can be accessed online at this link. Guest edited by Sergio Salvatore and Alessandro Gennaro (University of Salento, Italy) the focus of the 12 papers and commentaries in the issue is Psychotherapy as Dialogical Endeavor: Theory Methodological, and Clinical Implications.

International Journal for Dialogical Science. The Fall 2011 Issue is now posted online at this link. It includes four articles:

  • Flattening Hierarchies? Thoughts on Collaboration and Psychological Dialogues That Clients Might Consider Socially Just (Tom Strong, University of Calgary)
  • Dialogue: Where Language Meets Activity. An Essay Review of Language as Dialogue. From Rules to Principles of Probability by Edda Weigand [2009] (Marie-Cécile Bertau, Institute for Phonetics and Speech Processing, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Interview with Edda Weigand (Marie-Cécile Bertau, Institute for Phonetics and Speech Processing, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Story Formed Identity and Spirituality in Psychological and Theological Dialogue (Peter J. Jankowski, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN)

International Journal for Dialogical Science. The International Journal for Dialogical Science (IJDS) presents a dual set of special issues focusing upon Empirical Approaches to the Dialogical Self. Both issues have been edited by Kataryzna Stemplewska-Zakowicz (Helena Chadkowska University of Management and Law [Warsaw]) and Piotr K. Oles (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin). The first part of this set in Vol. 4 No. 1 (Fall, 2010) has as its focus "Expanding on the Theory" and consists of six papers. The second part in Vol. 4 No. 2 (Winter, 2010) focuses on "Applications" of the theory and consists of a further six papers. (Posted 03/12/11)

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