Dialogue Theories Book Launch in London

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 18:30 in Discussion Forums
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Where: Dialogue Society, 402 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PZ
Date: 2nd July 2013
Time: 18:30

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Speakers:

  • Frances Sleap, Dialogue Society
  • Dr Omer Sener, Dialogue Society
  • Prof Paul Weller, University of Derby

Reviewers

  • Revd Prof June Boyce-Tillman, The University of Winchester
  • Dr Fabio Petito, University of Sussex

Abstract

At this event, the authors and editor of Dialogue Theories, Frances Sleap, Dr Omer Sener and Prof Paul Weller*, will be giving an overview of the book, sharing some insights from their research into diverse dialogue theorists, and commenting on their hopes for the further development of academic exploration of dialogue. Reviewers from different fields will offer their responses to and assessments of the book and there will be time for questions and comments from the floor.

Dialogue Theories aims to advance theoretical and practical engagement with dialogue by introducing the work of ten individuals who have made important and insightful contributions to thought in this area. The thinkers, deliberately drawn from diverse intellectual and cultural backgrounds, include quantum physicist David Bohm, Jewish philosopher, theologian and educationalist Martin Buber, social theorist Jürgen Habermas and Islamic scholar and peace advocate Fethullah Gülen. As well as introducing the key ideas of each thinker, the book discusses the relation of those ideas to practice, discussing a wide range of practical dialogue organisations and projects. Written in an accessible style and assuming no background knowledge, the book aims to inform and inspire anyone with an interest in the meaning, value and potential of dialogue.

*Prof Weller, the book’s editor, will be taking part when available but will not be able to attend every event

Biographies

Authors

Biography of Frances Sleap

Frances Sleap studied Philosophy and Theology at the University of Oxford, graduating with first class honours. A master’s degree in the Study of Religions gave her the opportunity to explore religions other than Christianity, feeding her interest in interfaith and intercultural relations. Since joining the Dialogue Society in spring 2010 she has worked on a range of publications, including the Community Dialogue Manuals and a booklet on ‘Making Dialogue Effective’. Frances’s current work includes coordinating the Dialogue Society Success School for young people and contributing to the Dialogue School for students following the MA in Dialogue Studies.

Biography of Omer Sener

Dr Omer Sener is a researcher and freelance writer who holds a BA in American Literature and a PhD in Cultural Studies and Literary Criticism. His research interests include ethnicity, Asian American literature, and cultural narratives. He is particularly interested in intercultural dialogue and dialogue as an academic concept across disciplines. As a Research Fellow at the Dialogue Society, he has so far worked on a number of academic publications, such as Debating Multiculturalism I, and written articles on the theory and practice of dialogue on the Dialogue Society website.

Editor

Biography of Paul Weller

Paul Weller is Professor of Inter-Religious Relations at the University of Derby, where he is Head of Research and Commercial Development in the Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences. He is a Visiting Fellow in the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford and a founder and Trustee of the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby (http:// www.multifaithcentre.org). He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Dialogue Society and a Trustee of the Interreligiöse Arbeitsstelle in Germany (http://www. interrel.de). He was a founder member of the Joppa Group of Baptist Christians engaged in inter-faith dialogue and is currently a member of the Baptist Union of Great Britain’s Inter-Faith Working Group. On a European level he has been a consultant to Belieforama (http://www.belieforama.eu), a community of practice based around the development of a prize-winning training programme in religious diversity and anti-discrimination.

Reviewers

Biography of June Boyce-Tillman

June Boyce-Tillman read music at Oxford University and is Professor of Applied Music at the University of Winchester. She taught in many schools in the London area and has published widely in the area of education, most recently on spirituality/liminality and music education. Her doctoral research into children’s musical development has been translated into five languages. She is a composer active in community music making, exploring the possibilities of intercultural/interfaith sharing and dialogue through composing/improvising which she has written about in Music and Conflict Transformation. Her collection of hymns and liturgical music A Rainbow to Heaven is used internationally. Her one-woman shows have been performed in three continents. She has written widely on music and healing and Hildegard of Bingen. Her large scale works for cathedrals such as Winchester and Southwark involve professional musicians and school children. She runs the Winchester Centre for the Arts as Well-being. She was awarded an MBE for her services to music and education.

Biography of Fabio Petito

Fabio Petito is Lecturer of International Relations at the University of Sussex and has taught in recent years at SOAS in London, the ESCP-EAP in Paris and at 'L'Orientale' University in Naples. He holds a Laurea in Economic and Social Disciplines (DES) from Bocconi University and received his PhD from the department of International Relations at the LSE, where he was also editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies. Among his publications: Religion in International Relations: The Return from Exile (2003), and Civilizational Dialogue and World Order: The Other Politics of Cultures, Religions and Civilizations in International Relations (2009). He is a member of the International Coordinating Committee of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

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