Past Conferences

1st International Conference on the Dialogical Self
June 23-26, 2000
Radboud University of Nijmegen
Nijmegen, The Netherlands

The purpose of the conference was to examine the relevance of a broad theoretical framework, which we refer to as the Dialogical self, to the scientific study of personality and the self. This framework encompasses several key concepts, including narrative approaches to the self, unity vs. multiplicity and multivoicedness of the self, dialogicality and valuation, and meaning construction and reconstruction.

The various conference presentations examined these ideas within three topic domains:
• the structural and dynamic properties of the self
• the relationship between self and social contexts (such as society and culture)
• practical applications in counseling and other therapeutic settings

2nd International Conference on the Dialogical Self (SICDS) ***
October 18-20, 2002
University of Ghent
Ghent, Belgium

The Second International Conference on the Dialogical Self (SICDS) focused 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 devoted attention to topics like:

• methods for facilitating the construction and reconstruction of personal meaning
• culture and self in a globalizing society
• dialectical opposites in psychotherapy
• moral development in relation to internal and external dialogue
• meaning reconstruction in the face of loss and trauma
• schizophrenia as a collapse of the dialogical self
• self and identity on the web
• the relation between mechanistic and dialogical metaphors in the study of meaning

*** NOTE: This link goes to an archival copy of the original SICDS website which is no longer functional at the University of Ghent. This archival site is located permanently on this ISDS website. Several minor aspects of the original site do not properly work at this time. However, all conference content (abstracts, schedules, etc.) from the SICDS is intact and corresponds exactly to the original posting at the University of Ghent website.

3rd International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-3)
August 26-29, 2004
Warsaw School of Social Psychology
Warsaw, Poland

4th International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-4)
June 1-3, 2006
University of Minho
Braga, Portugal

The original web site for the Braga Conference was not saved. However, we have put together from the original materials an overview of the conference for archival purposes. And, much more importantly, we do have an archival copy of the original Book of Abstracts for all presentations at the conference. These are available in both pdf and rtf formts from the links below.

  • General Overview in pdf and rtf formats
  • Book of Abstracts (100 pages) in pdf and rtf formats

Fifth International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-5)
August 26-29, 2008
Queens College, Cambridge University, United Kingdom

About 200 photographs from the conference are available for browsing online at this link at Flickr. They include images of conference presentations, different social gatherings during the conference, and the beautiful surrounding environment of the university.

Sixth International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-6)
September 30-October 3, 2010
The President Hotel, Athens, Greece
Co-sponsored by the ISDS and the Institute for Cognitive-Analytic Psychotherapy (Greece).

The original web site for the Athens (Greece) conference is no longer available. However, you may also download below archival copies of the conference presentation schedule (schematic) and the Book of Abstracts of all presentations distributed at the conference.
  • Schematic of Conference Presentations in pdf and xls (Excel) formats
  • Book of Abstracts (139 pages) in pdf and rtf formats

Seventh International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-7)
October 25-28, 2012
University of Georgia Conference Center
School of Education, The University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
  • Conference Program & Schedule in pdf format
  • Book of Abstracts (91 pages) in pdf format
  • Abstract & Schedule update (3 pages) in pdf format
Power Point (ppt/pptx) slides by Keynote Speakers at the ICDS-7: