Dialogue Theories Book Launch in Southampton

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

Eustice Building 5, Room No 2015, Highfield Campus University Road, University of Southampton SOUTHAMPTON, SO17 1BF

Dr Omer Sener

Research Fellow, Dialogue Society London Branch

Dr Paul Hedges

University of Winchester

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

Revd Prof June Boyce-Tillman

Revd Prof June Boyce-Tillman

Professor of Applied Music, The University of Winchester

Dr June Boyce-Tillman MBE read music at Oxford University and is Professor of Applied Music at the University of Winchester. She has published widely in the area of education, most recently on spirituality/liminality.

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.


  • Revd Prof June Boyce-Tillman, University of Winchester
  • Dr Paul Hedges, University of Winchester