About ISDS

The International Society for Dialogical Science (IDSD)

Since the early 1990s there has been a growing interest in the study of the dialogical self stimulated by scientific developments in the broader areas of self and dialogue. The study of dialogical processes is of unprecedented importance in an era in which dialogical relationships, between and within people, are at the heart of living together in a globalizing world community. This consideration has led researchers to establish an organization with the aim of facilitating communication on an international basis. Against this background the International Society for Dialogical Science was founded in June 2002. The Society was formally constituted under Dutch law in June 2002 and established at Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


The objectives of the Society are

  1. The construction and further development of dialogical self theory and other theories which deal directly with the relationship between self and dialogue.
  2. The development of scientific methods for assessment, promotion, and evaluation of dialogical processes in connection with the development of the self.
  3. The stimulation and facilitation of interaction between researchers and practitioners who are interested in the facilitation of dialogical processes in society and between societies and cultures in a globalizing world.
  4. Bringing together theories, methods, research and practice from different psychological subdisciplines and related disciplines which deal with the topics mentioned under a and b. The following subdisciplines and disciplines are considered to be particularly relevant to this goal: personality psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, psychogerontology, psychology of culture & religion, clinical psychology, psychotherapy, personnel psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, brain sciences, humanities, social anthropology, sociology, philosophy, history, theology, and art.
  5. International cooperation in the areas as described under a, b and c and between representatives from the subdisciplines and discplines mentioned under d.
Communication about and exchange of information concerning planned and current research.
In the service of these objectives, the Society organizes regular conferences, symposia, and workshops, publishes a newsletter and, depending on the interest of researchers, will publish a journal.

Executive Committee

The executive committee includes the following members:
  • John Barresi, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Giancarlo Dimaggio, III Centro di Psicoterapia Cognitiva, Roma, Italy
  • Alan Fogel, University of Utah, USA
  • Miguel Goncalves, University of Minho, Portugal (Vice-President)
  • Hubert Hermans (President), Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Vincent Hevern, Le Moyne College, USA
  • Ingrid Josephs, University of Hagen, Germany
  • Ivana Marková, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK
  • Dan McAdams, Northwestern University, USA
  • Robert Neimeyer, University of Memphis, USA
  • Piotr Olés, Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
  • Henderikus J. Stam, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Jaan Valsiner, Clark University, USA
  • Leni Verhofstadt-Denève, Ghent University, Belgium
International Conferences

The organization of international conferences is one of the aims of the Society.
  • The First International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-1) was organized by the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in June 2000. Participants from 15 countries presented 80 contributions.
  • The Second International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-2) was organized by Ghent University, Belgium, in October 2002. 150 participants from 21 countries proposed 102 contributions.
  • The Third International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-3) was organized by the Warsaw School of Social Psychology and the Catholic University of Lublin in August, 2004. Approximately 170 participants from 30 countries attended the TICDS and made 163 contributions.
  • The Fourth International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-4) was held June 1-3, 2006 at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. There were 185 participants from 27 countries and 187 total presentations made at ICDS-4.
  • The Fifth International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-5) was held August 26-29, 2008 at Queens College, Cambridge University, United Kingdom. There were 300 participants from 43 countries at the ICDS-5.
  • The Sixth International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-6) was held Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2010 at the President Hotel, Athens, Greece under the co-sponsorship of ISDS and the Institute for Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapy (Greece). A total of 230 participants from 35 countries and 207 presentations marked the ICDS-6.
Plans for the Seventh International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-7) in 2012 are currently underway. It is scheduled to be held at the University of Georgia (USA) from Sept. 13-16, 2012.

Following this pattern, the ISDS proposes to organize an international conference every second year in different countries. Each conferences is combined with pre- and post-conference workshops, training courses and other activities.


International Journal for Dialogical Science (IJDS). The ISDS publishes a refereed, electronic journal, International Journal for Dialogical Science. Acceptance and publication of a paper or commentary in the journal automatically leads to membership of the ISDS. This policy has the advantage that membership is directly dependent on the scientific and professional interest and qualities of the person who submits a manuscript. Another advantage is that there is no obligation to pay any dues. In this way the journal maintains an open character with a simultaneous guarantee of the quality of the papers by peer-reviewed procedures.

Other Publications. The society also stimulates publications on the topics of self and dialogue in existing journals. Examples are the following publications:
  • Special issue on the dialogical self in CULTURE & PSYCHOLOGY, September 2001, with a focus on self and culture
  • Special issue on the dialogical self in THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY, April 2002, with a focus on theoretical contributions from a diversity of (sub)disciplines: developmental psychology, psychopathology, psychotherapy, personality psychology, cultural psychology, brain sciences, and psychoanalysis.
  • Special issue on the dialogical self in JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTIVIST PSYCHOLOGY, spring 2003, with a focus on psychotherapy.
  • Special issue on the dialogical self in IDENTITY: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THEORY AND RESEARCH, Fall (October), 2004 with a focus on the self within the environments of mass communications and computer media.
  • Special issue on “Self and Dialogue” in THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY, June, 2010 (Vol. 20, No. 3).
Membership in the Society

Please go to the
Joining page to read about the criteria for membership.

Contact: ISDS President

Inquiries about the work of ISDS may be directed to

Prof. Dr. Hubert J. M. Hermans
President, ISDS
Gagelveld 34
6596 CA Milsbeek
The Netherlands

E-mail: HHermans@psych.ru.nl

Contact: ISDS Web Editor

For matters related to this website and its contents, please contact

Vincent W. Hevern, SJ, Ph.D.
Psychology Department
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Rd.
Syracuse, NY 13214, USA
E-mail: hevern@lemoyne.edu

Page last updated: 12/14/2010