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Last updated: 10/20/2011

Boston, July, 2011. Two events of direct interest to the ISDS will be held in Boston, MA in the second half of July, 2011. These are
19th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology, July 19-22, 2011 (posted 12/22/10)
Theme: “Pushing the Boundaries of Constructivism: Collaborating across Theories, Applications, and Methods”
Boston, Massachusetts, USA (John Hancock Hotel & Conference Center)
Conference website:
Featured speakers include Michael Bamberg, Hubert Hermans, Ellyn Kaschak, Sheila McNamee, Scott Johnson, Robert Neimeyer, and Bill Warren.

Dialogical Self Approach in Coaching, Training, Counseling and Education (Post-congress Workshop) (posted 12/22/10)
July 23, 2011
Contributors: Hubert Hermans, Agnieszka Hermans-Konopka, Ton Voogt, Jack Kahn & Jamie Coy

  • Practical applications of Dialogical Self Theory
  • Learn the Dialogical Approach Method
  • Understand how to work with art and emotion utilizing the Dialogical Approach Method
  • Earn Credit Points in the Certification Program of the International Institute for the Dialogical Self
Further information:

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The Sixth International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-6) was held Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, 2010. Details of the conference can be found at the conference web site at this link. However, browsers can also access the archived conference schedule and Book of Abstracts at the bottom of the page of this link.

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Special Issue of Theory & Psychology. The June, 2010 issue (Vol. 20, No. 3) of the journal, Theory & Psychology, published a special issue on the topic “Self and Dialogue”. The contents of this issue include the following articles:
  • Self and Dialogue: Introduction (Henderikus J. Stam)
  • Dialogues with Self and Others: Communication, Miscommunication, and the Dialogical Unconscious (Ian Burkitt)
  • Fragments of Unconscious Experience: Towards a Dialogical, Relational, and Sociological Analysis (Ian Burkitt)
  • Losing One’s Voice: Dialogical Psychology and the Unspeakable (Matthew Adams)
  • Vygotskian Dialectics and Bakhtinian Dialogics: Consciousness between the Authoritative and the Carnivalesque (Paul Sullivan)
  • Health and Adaptation in a Multiple Self: The Role of Absence of Dialogue and Poor Metacognition in Clinical Populations (Giancarlo Dimaggio, Hubert J. M. Hermans, and Paul H. Lysaker)
  • The Dialogical Self and Thirdness: A Semiotic Approach to Positioning Using Dialogical Triads (Peter T. F. Raggatt)
  • Addressing the Other in Dialogue: Ricoeur and the Ethical Dimension of the Dialogical Self (Basia D. Ellis and Henderikus J. Stam)
  • Identity in Dialogue: Identity as Hyper-Generalized Personal Sense (Mariann Märtsin)
  • Essay Review: The Self Positioned in Time and Space: Dialogical Paradigms [Review of the books Dialogical self theory: Positioning and counter-positioning in a globalizing society by Hubert J. M. Hermans & Agnieska Hermans-Konopka and Saving the modern soul: Therapy, emotions and the culture of self-help by Eva Illouz] (Peter T. F. Raggatt)
  • Review: The Dialogical Turn: Turning the Corner? [Review of the book Rethinking language, mind, and world dialogically: Interactional and contextual theories of human sense-making by Per Linell] (posted 10/24/10)

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Dialogical Self Theory: Positioning and Counter-Positioning in a Globalizing Society

Hubert Hermans
Agnieszka Hermans-Konopka
ISBN-13: 9780521765268 (Hardback)
Price: £60.00 [US$79.00 for Adobe eBook version] (Cambridge UP
Link to book at UK site)

Dialogical Self Theory provides a comprehensive social-scientific theory that incorporates the deep implications of the process of globalization, and its impact on individual development. Hubert Hermans and Agnieszka Hermans-Konopka present a new and compelling view of the historical changes in perceptions of social realities, and how these changes affected motivation, emotion, leadership and conflict resolution. They detail the improvement of dialogical relationships both within the self and between individuals, groups and cultures, providing evidence from everyday life. The book addresses a variety of problem areas that are analyzed in new and unexpected ways: the pros and cons of traditional, modern, and post-modern models of self, the role of emotions, power and dominance, motivation, leadership, and conflict resolution. This book will be of interest to scholars in a wide range of fields including psychology and sociology. Published May, 2010.

Hubert Hermans and Agnieszka Hermans-Konopka announce the establishment of the Dialogical Practice Network, a global network of practitioners, scientists-practitioners, managers and artists who are involved in the application of methods based on Dialogical Self Theory. It is initiative of International  Institute for the Dialogical Self and it aims to create a space for professional development, inspiration and cooperation. Membership in the Network is by invitation only. Those who might be interested in requesting membership can find more information at the DPN web site at this link. (Posted 12/28/09)
New Issue of the International Journal for Dialogical Science
The newest issue of the IJDS (Fall, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 1) includes a large special issue focusing upon the cultural psychology of dialogical self. It is edited by Gyuseog Han (Chonnam National University, Korea) and Jaan Valsiner (Clark University, USA) and contains 5 target papers with multiple peer commentaries. This issue also includes an extended regular article, The Relevance of Secondness to the Psychological Study of the Dialogical Self, by Mariela Michel (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), Fernando Andacht (University of Ottawa), & William B. Gomes (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil). (Posted: 2/9/09)

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Fifth International Conference on the Dialogical Self
From August 26 to 29, 2008, Queens College of Cambridge Univerity in the United Kingdom served as the venue for the Fifth International Conference on the Dialogical Self (an archival copy of conference site can be found here). More than 300 participants from 43 different countries assembled for the meeting.

The conference was co-sponsored by the University of Sterling (UK), L’
Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland), University of Cambridge (UK) and Radboud University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands).

About 200 photographs from the conference are now 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. (Posted: 1/4/2009)