Discussion Forums

With a view to bringing people together and achieving critical, open and meaningful dialogue, the Dialogue Society organises a range of discussion forums in different formats throughout the year at its headquarter offices in Islington and its branches across the UK. Discussions include a wide range of issues related to Dialogue Society areas of interest, encompassing topics, and speakers, beyond the usual remit of dialogue organisations. They attract diverse policy-makers, academics, researchers, journalists, professionals, students, community leaders and others. Through this engaging and expansive platform, speakers and members of the audience engage in constructive and critical dialogue on a miscellany of issues affecting their personal, professional and communal lives.

By introducing innovative discussion formats the Dialogue Society reaches out to a broader audience. The Straight Talk series is based on searching interviews with leading thinkers, conducted by prominent journalists. Street Dialogue takes dialogue to the streets of North London and beyond, inviting members of the public to share their perspectives on issues that matter to them. Dialogue Society discussion forums also include more prolonged dialogues in an academic context: academic workshops and conferences. Such events provide a rigorous, methodical context for the scrutiny and evaluation both of dialogue practices and of social and political issues pertinent to these. They also encourage fruitful interaction between people engaged in academia, policy, and the community.

Types of Discussion Forums

  • Seminars
  • Panel discussions
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Straight Talk
  • Workshops and conferences
  • Street Dialogue

Areas of interest covered

  • Community cohesion and multiculturalism
  • Identity, integration and citizenship
  • Family, education and youth
  • Media, culture and communication
  • Human rights and civil liberties
  • Theology and religious studies
  • World cultures and societies
  • Peace-building and conflict resolution
  • International relations and diplomacy

Relevant links

  • For speakers at Dialogue Society discussion forums click here.
  • For a list of past discussion forums in London please see the list below. Listings of events at Dialogue Society branches across the country are available here.
  • For Street Dialogue podcasts please click here.
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Empowering Women and Girls: Leicester Case - CSW67 Forum 11 Mar 2023
Academic Workshop:Governance for the Human Future: The Centrality of Dialogue 10 Sep 2022
Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture and Dialogue Society Trinity 2022 Seminars: Book Launches and Panel Series 09 May 2022
The Impact of COVID-19 on Migrants in the North of England 24 Mar 2022
The Impact of COVID-19 on Education in the Midlands 10 Mar 2022
Error:403 Countering Online Extremism? 22 Feb 2022
The Impacts of COVID-19 on Mental Health Inequalities in North London 17 Feb 2022
The Social Impacts of COVID-19 on the Non-Profit Sector in South England 10 Feb 2022
Does English Football have a problem with Extremism? 01 Feb 2022
Understanding Hateful Extremism in the UK 25 Jan 2022
The Economic and Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses and Communities in South London 20 Jan 2022
Spatial Forms of Extremism – The Challenges of Defining and Perceiving Extremism in a UK Context 11 Jan 2022
Panel Series: A Spatial Analysis of Extremism in a UK Context 11 Jan 2022
Women of Faith in the Media - Women of Faith Panel Series 09 Dec 2021
Women of Faith in Public Service - Women of Faith Panel Series 18 Nov 2021
Women of Faith in Community - Women of Faith Panel Series 28 Oct 2021
The Implications of Racism on Mental Health: Overcoming Structural Obstacles | Racial Equality Panel Series 15 Jul 2021
Racism across the Diaspora: Personal Narratives from South Africa, UK and USA | Racial Equality Panel Series 24 Jun 2021
Far-Right Extremism and Youth: Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Become a “Perfect Storm” for Radicalisation 22 Jun 2021
Academic Workshop: Dialogue with and among the Existing, Transforming and Emerging Communities 16 Jun 2021
Fostering Inclusive Workplaces | Racial Equality Panel Series 27 May 2021
Exploring the Making of Women Leaders: Examples From the UK 23 Mar 2021
Evolving Dialogues in relation to Fundamental British Values and Prevent 25 Feb 2021
Women in Academia: Underrepresentation and Discrimination 09 Dec 2020
Academic Workshop: Rethinking Dialogue in the Age of New Challenges and Opportunities 26 Nov 2020
Women in Workplace: Positions of Leadership 18 Nov 2020
Women in Politics: Positions of Leadership 21 Oct 2020
An Oversight of Racism in the UK 30 Sep 2020
BAME Women and Mental Health 24 Sep 2020
The Covid-19 PANDEMIC: Impact on BAME Women 29 Jul 2020
What is racism - and where does the Black Lives Matter movement come in? Recollections from the US to the UK and beyond 16 Jul 2020
Discussion on “Rethinking Dialogue in the Age of New Challenges and Opportunities” 02 Jul 2020
Lessons from Coronavirus Pandemic: A Community Perspective Through an International Lens 17 Jun 2020
Lessons from Coronavirus Pandemic: A Community Perspective 11 Jun 2020
Roundtable discussion on Educating for the Middle Way: Social Capital for Peaceful Relations 02 Apr 2020
Defining (or Identifying) Recent Trends in Extremism in the UK: Our Communities are under Threat 26 Feb 2020
Evolving Dialogues in Multicultural Education 18 Dec 2019
Academic Workshop: Critical Dialogues: Dialogue and Conflict Resolution 28 Nov 2019
Roundtable Discussion on Back to the future? Being Muslim in a strange land 03 Jul 2019
Panel Discussion on 'Britain’s Brexit turmoil after the European Parliament Elections: Communities in Collision or Cohesion? 26 Jun 2019
Hate Crime towards Faith and Religions - Croydon Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018 17 Oct 2018
Book Launch and Panel Discussion on 'Advancing Multicultural Dialogues in Education' 13 Jun 2018
Roundtable Discussion and Book Launch on 'British Multiculturalism and the Politics of Representation' 15 May 2018
Roundtable Discussion on Cults, Extremists, Terrorists? A sociological perspective on new religious movements 02 May 2018
Roundtable Discussion with Prof Ian Linden on Countering Violent Religious Extremism 27 Mar 2018
Roundtable Discussion and Book Launch on 'Advancing Multicultural Dialogues in Education' 14 Mar 2018
Dialogue Society Annual Advisers Meeting 12 Feb 2018
Roundtable with Prof Paul Weller on Challenges for Religion and Belief in Equalities, Human Rights and Inter-Faith Relations in a post-Brexit Referendum Britain 23 May 2017
Dialogue Theories II Book Launch in London 19 Jan 2017
Panel Discussion: Examining the Extreme: Radicalisation among Muslim Youth – Mediums and Tools 03 Jun 2015
Panel Discussion: Examining the Extreme: Radicalisation among Muslim Youth - Causes and Roots 20 May 2015
Multiculturalism and Education: Contemporary Issues in Education Studies Book Launch 30 Apr 2015
Roundtable on Youth, Education and Sense of Belonging in a Diverse Britain 26 Nov 2014
Academic Workshop: Dialogue Theories, Volume II 26 Jun 2014
Connecting Communities Circle: the Middle Eastern Arab Community 05 Jun 2014
Connecting Communities Circle: the Chinese Community 25 Feb 2014
Connecting Communities Circle: The North African Community 11 Dec 2013
The Muslim World and Politics in Transition Book Launch in London 04 Dec 2013
Dialogue Theories Book Launch in London 02 Jul 2013
Connecting Communities Circle: the Pakistani Community 23 May 2013
Panel Discussion on Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue: Culture and Communities 21 Mar 2013
Connecting Communities Circle: the Bangladeshi Community 13 Mar 2013
Roundtable on Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue: Politics and Society 28 Feb 2013
Roundtable on Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue: Business and Finance 14 Feb 2013
Connecting Communities Circle: the Somali Community 13 Feb 2013
Straight Talk with Shami Chakrabarti: Liberty, Secrecy and Surveillance 21 Jun 2012
Roundtable with Air Marshal Andy Pulford CBE on a Dialogue Between the Royal Air Force and the British Muslim Community 19 Jun 2012
Wrestling with Free Speech, Religious Freedom, and Democracy in Turkey: The Political Trials and Times of Fethullah Gülen 24 Apr 2012
Straight Talk – London Mayoral Elections: People or Politics? 10 Apr 2012
European Muslims, Civility and Public Life: Perspectives on and From the Gülen Movement 15 Mar 2012
Roundtable with Dominic Grieve on Faith and Integration 23 Feb 2012
Straight Talk - Multiculturalism: Has it a future? 09 Feb 2012
Faith Inspired yet Faith Neutral: the Case of the Hizmet Movement and the Dialogue Society 28 Jun 2011
Roundtable with Alistair Burt, FCO Minister on The Middle East, Arab Spring and Libya 02 Jun 2011
Census 2011 Awareness Event, East London 07 Apr 2011
What the Big Society can Learn from the Gülen Movement in Generating Commitment and Social Responsibility 31 Mar 2011
The Gülen Movement: A Sociological Analysis of a Civic Movement [and its Finances] Rooted in Moderate Islam 31 Mar 2011
The Gülen Movement: A Sociological Analysis of a Civic Movement [and its Finances] Rooted in Moderate Islam 30 Mar 2011
Making Dialogue Effective: Dialogue Society Panel Discussion Series 23 Mar 2011
Making Dialogue Effective, Panel Discussion 6- Preaching to the Unconverted: How Can Dialogue Reach the Disengaged, the Prejudiced and the Hostile? 23 Mar 2011
Making Dialogue Effective, Panel Discussion 5 - Becoming a Dialogue Movement: What Can Dialogue Learn from Other Movements? 02 Mar 2011
Making Dialogue Effective, Panel Discussion 4- Skills in Dialogue: Cultivating Effective Listening and Empathy 09 Feb 2011
Roundtable with Mr David Warren, The British Ambassador to Japan 26 Jan 2011
Making Dialogue Effective, Panel Discussion 3 - Effectiveness in Dialogue for Conflict Transformation 14 Dec 2010
Making Dialogue Effective, Panel Discussion 2 - Effectiveness at the grassroots: seeking the personal and the genuine 07 Dec 2010
Making Dialogue Effective 1: Effectiveness in Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue: Can it be Defined? How do we Measure it? 30 Nov 2010
Roundtable with Prof Joseph Camilleri on Dialogue of Civilizations and the Future of Global Governance 23 Nov 2010
God and Community Cohesion - Help or Hindrance? 09 Nov 2010
Roundtable with Professor Malcolm Grant CBE on The Future for British Universities in an Age of Austerity 03 Nov 2010
Roundtable with Professor Malcolm Gillies on What's Higher Education for? 19 Oct 2010
Roundtable with Peter Housden on The Big Society 10 Jun 2010
The Challenges of Climate Change 08 Jun 2010
Roundtable with HE Mr Andy Sparkes on The Role of The International Community in Post-Conflict Environments 11 May 2010
Making Dialogue Work in Interfaith by Lord Khalid Hameed 14 Apr 2010
Roundtable with HE Sir Peter Westmacott on Turkey and the European Union 12 Apr 2010
Roundtable with Rt Hon Michael Howard MP on Education and Integration 30 Mar 2010
Roundtable with Dame Anne Fyfe Pringle on Russia-Prospects 18 Mar 2010
Roundtable with HE Mr David Graeme Blunt on Croatia's Accession to EU 10 Feb 2010
Human Rights and Islam: Muslim and Non-Muslim Perspectives 19 Jan 2010
Roundtable with the German Ambassador to the UK on Muslim Life in Germany 14 Jan 2010
Roundtable with Paul Goodman on Islam & Moderation 30 Nov 2009
Achieving Peace Through Education and Dialogue: The Gülen Movement 21 Nov 2009
Integration and Faith: Denmark's Experience by with HE Birger Riis-Jørgensen 28 Oct 2009
Book Launch: "Muslims of Europe: The 'Other' Europeans" by Dr H.A. Hellyer 13 Oct 2009
Roundtable with Prof Nilufer Gole on Experimental Public Space 03 Oct 2009
Twin Book Launch: Donald Reeves' Memoirs (Continuum) & 'The White House' (Omarska Project) 24 Sep 2009
Thematic Dinner with Local Politicians 08 Sep 2009
Thematic Dinner with Dialogue Society Advisors & Friends 03 Sep 2009
Roundtable with the Spanish Ambassador to the UK on the Alliance of Civilisations 02 Jul 2009
Community Consultation: A Dialogue with Your Local Police 01 Jul 2009
Book Launch: The Life and Death of Democracy by Prof John Keane 25 Jun 2009
Roundtable with Lord Sheikh on Community Cohesion and Political Participation 24 Jun 2009
Roundtable with Simon Hughes MP on Proactive Citizenship and Political Participation 15 Jun 2009
Regional Focus: Eurasian Security and Conflict Prevention 26 May 2009
A Muslim Perspective on the Human Person in the Context of Interreligious Dialogue 23 May 2009
A Critical Approach to Conflict and Terrorism Studies in the Middle East 19 May 2009
Islam & Democracy: Theory, Perception and Practice 12 May 2009
Euro-Politics and its Effects on the UK: Why Vote for MEP's? 29 Apr 2009
Indonesia's 'Young Turks': Contemporary Muslim Thought Below the Winds 21 Apr 2009
Roundtable with the Syrian Ambassador to the UK on Turkish Syrian Cooperation and its effect on Middle East Stability 16 Apr 2009
The Diaspora ‘Religious Fervour’ in the UK: A reflective case study of Leicester’s Religious Landscape 15 Apr 2009
Dysfunctional Families: Where and Why We are Failing within the Muslim Community? 09 Apr 2009
The Conservative Muslim Forum Discusses: What a Conservative Government Would Mean for British Muslims 01 Apr 2009
Have the UK's Anti-Terrorist Laws Violated Basic Human Rights and Turned Muslims Into a Suspect Community? 26 Mar 2009
Pitta & Politics: Panel Discussion on the Prevent and Deradicalisation by Default Strategy 25 Mar 2009
Building Community Through Active Citizenship in a Contested Society 17 Mar 2009
Book Launch: a Miror for Our Times: "The Rushdie Affair" and the Future of Multiculturalism 12 Mar 2009
Media and Religion: Understanding the Rules of Engagement 12 Feb 2009
Contemporary Islamic Thought and Practice 09 Feb 2009
Islam Motivating Dialogue: the Case of the Gulen Movement 29 Jan 2009
Four Principles of Dialogue: Christian Origins 27 Jan 2009
Forced Marriage of Young People with Learning Difficulties 21 Jan 2009
A Fair Perspective: Islamophobia In The British Media 08 Jan 2009
Uniting Against Terrorism: Muslim, Sikh and Hindu Relations in Britain in Light of the Recent Attacks in Mumbai 11 Dec 2008
The Catholic Approach to Inter-religious Dialogue: Past, Present & Future Trajectories 03 Dec 2008
Community Cohesion - Lives in a Landscape 22 Oct 2008
Islam in Dialogue - Dialogue in Islam: Our Collective Responsibility 27 Sep 2008
Islam & Dialogue at Barclays Bank Lunch & Learn Series 28 Aug 2008
Academic Retreat - Gülen Movement: Dynamics, Objectives & Opportunities 23 Jul 2008
The Puritan Gift 11 Mar 2008
How Do We Live Together? 28 Nov 2007
Conference - Muslim World in Transition: Contributions of the Gülen Movement 25 Oct 2007
How to Achieve Meaningful Dialogue 02 Oct 2007
A Muslims Perspective on Dialogue 16 Sep 2007
Policing the Future 20 Feb 2007
Conference - Necessity of Interfaith Dialogue in Preventing another 7/7 at the LSE 07 Jun 2006
Conference - Necessity of Interfaith Dialogue in Preventing another 7/7 at the House of Lords 06 Jun 2006