Dialogue Theories II Book Launch in London

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

Rockefeller Building, 337 David Sacks, University College London (UCL) Fitzrovia LONDON, WC1E 6DE

Charlotte Dando

Author, William Temple Foundation

Dr Andrew Wilshere

University of Manchester

Frances Sleap

Frances Sleap

Author, Former Research Fellow at Dialogue Society

Prof Paul Weller

Universities of Coventry and Derby, and Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford

At this event, the editors of Dialogue Theories II and chapter authors 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 II aims further advances the theoretical and practical engagement with dialogue by introducing an additional fifteen individuals who have made important and insightful contributions to thought in this area. Distinguished authors from a range of professional backgrounds in academia and dialogue practice present thinkers whose work they know intimately. The book is intended to inform and inspire anyone with an interest in the meaning and value of dialogue. Dialogue Theories II is a companion volume to the Dialogue Theories book published in 2013, which presented ten other thinkers, both of which complement the regularly published Journal of Dialogue Studies.

The thinkers presented in the book come from diverse fields ranging from philosophy to family therapy and from sociology to music. In the contexts of intractable conflict, bitter political polarisation and complex economic and ecological crises, ‘dialogue’ is often raised as an alternative or as part of a solution. From Bakhtin, Barenboim, The Circle of Seven to Freire, Gadamer, Goffman and Ikeda, the thinkers introduced here delve deeply into what dialogue is and what it might be capable of.