The conference's scientific focus

The Second International Conference on the Dialogical Self (SICDS) will focus on processes of change in self and dialogue in relation to the construction and reconstruction of meaning. The 'dialogical self', taking advantage of the rich philosophical tradition on dialogue, represents a relatively new development in psychology and is closely related to narrative psychology, constructivism, and cultural psychology. It has a broad scope ranging from literary sciences to brain research and from empirical psychology to practice in counseling and psychotherapy. It brings together contributions from personality psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and brain sciences. The dialogical approach thus serves not only as an object of study but also as a platform for bringing together scientists and practitioners from divergent disciplines and subdisciplines.

The conference will devote attention to topics like:

Several psychological journals will publish special issues on the dialogical self:

        Culture and Psychology (September, 2001)

        Theory and Psychology (April, 2002)

        Journal of Constructivist Psychology (scheduled in 2002 or 2003)


Conference language

The official conference language is English. The conference organization will not provide any kind of (simultaneous) translation.