Dialogue with and among the Existing, Transforming and Emerging Communities

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Dialogue Society is organising an Academic Workshop entitled “Dialogue with and among the Existing, Transforming and Emerging Communities” on Wednesday, 16 June 2021.

The workshop will provide a forum for peers to exchange research, best practices, and ideas related to existing, transforming, and emerging Communities associated with dialogue on a global scale. It will include a total of 12 paper presentations as well as keynote speakers from different parts of the world addressing the following themes.

  1. What are the effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the evolution and transformation of communities and community life around the globe? What are the responses of the communities to the pandemic?
  2. What kind of access challenges have been faced by communities in the pandemic and how can dialogue be used effectively to break down barriers of race, class, and culture?
  3. Did the Covid 19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns result in new types of community connections? Did this situation enable different dialogue engagements that were not possible or common before?
  4. Is dialogue across communities feasible? How can this be facilitated?
  5. What is the role of dialogue in overcoming challenges related to communities in general?
  6. What are the dialogic relations and challenges between emerging (virtual or otherwise) and traditional communities?
  7. What kind of dialogic engagements happen between minority and majority communities: Is dialogue a force of integration or assimilation?
  8. Intra-community dialogue and the future of communities
  9. Transnational communities and transnational dialogue(s)

Editorial Board

  • Prof Anwar Alam, Policy Perspectives Foundation
  • Dr Mary Earl, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Scherto Gill, University of Sussex
  • Dr Paul Hedges, Nanyang Technological University
  • Prof Karim Murji, University of West London
  • Dr Amina Yaqin, SOAS University of London
  • Prof Paul Weller, Universities of Coventry and Derby, and Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford

We hope these papers will help to provide new and useful insights for the question of dialogue with and among the existing, transforming and emerging communities.

We hope you are available to attend to both take full advantage of this opportunity for networking and information exchange. We look forward to welcoming you to virtually where you can participate in Zoom and join in the discussion with your comments and questions.

SESSION 1: Migrant Communities, Sense of Belonging, and Conflict Resolution – 09:45-11:15

KEYNOTE 1: “Rethinking the Possibility and Meaning of Dialogue in a Globalised and Religiously Diverse World: A Mid-Covid Perspective from Southeast Asia” by Paul Hedges, Associate Professor in Interreligious Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

  • Dialogue Method: A Proposal to Foster Intra and Inter-community Dialogic Engagement
    ● Rafael de Araujo Arosa Monteiro, University of São Paulo
    ● Dr Renata Ferraz de Toledo, University of São Paulo
    ● Prof Pedro Roberto Jacobi, University of São Paulo
  • Exploring the Potential of Cross-Regional Dialogue Platforms in Protracted Conflict Settings
    ● Prof Marko Lehti, Deputy Director of the Tampere Peace Research Institute, Tampere University
    ●Dr Élise Féron, Senior Research Fellow at the Tampere Peace Research Institute, Tampere University
    ● Vadim Romashov, PhD candidate at the Tampere Peace Research Institute, Tampere University
  • Socio-Spatial Negotiations of Belonging Amongst Turkish Nationals Settled in Athens after 2016
    ● Filyra Vlastou, PhD candidate in Paris 1 Panthèon, Sorbonne and National Technical University of Athens
    ● Emmy Karimali, PhD candidate in the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens
    ● Dr Eirini Avramopoulou, Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology, Panteion University of Athens
    ● Dr Panagiota Koutrolikou, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens

SESSION 2: The Transformative Aspect of Dialogue and Emerging Communities – 11:30-12:45

  • Dialogic Dialogues? An Analysis of Online Interactions Transforming Strangers into a Community
    ● Dr Luisa Conti, Lecturer on Intercultural Communication and Pedagogy at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • Dialogue: A Promising Vehicle to Steer Transformative Local Change towards more Sustainable Communities?
    ● Dr Nora Ratzmann, Research Leader for the Franco-German Forum for the Future at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, University of Potsdam
    ● Dr Julia Plessing, Scientific Project Lead for the Franco-German Forum for the Future at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, University of Potsdam
  • “Thank You for Coming”—The Contingent Construction of Identity Leadership, Social Influence and Dialogue During a Vigil in Memory of Sarah Everard
    ● Dr Terry Au-Yeung, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Keele Policing Academic Collaboration, Keele University
    ● Prof Clifford Stott, Professor of Social Psychology, Dean for Research in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Director of the Keele Policing Academic Collaboration, Keele University
    ● Dr Matthew Radburn, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Keele Policing Academic Collaboration, Keele University
    ● Dr David Rowlands, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Keele Policing Academic Collaboration, Keele University

SESSION 3: Education, Community Cohesion and Dialogue – 13:45-15:15

KEYNOTE 2: “Gender and Diaspora Communities” ● Amina Yaqin, Reader in Urdu and Postcolonial Studies at SOAS, University of London

  • The Cohesion of Schools as Intercultural Communities in The Management of Covid-19 Pandemic. Reflections, Narratives, Fears and Hopes from the Voices of Teachers and Children in England and Italy
    ● Prof Claudio Baraldi, Professor of Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
    ● Dr Federico Farini, Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Northampton
    ● Dr Angela Scollan, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Education Studies at Middlesex University
  • Dialogue within and Among Transnational Communities of Refugee Learners and Teachers: Covid-19 And Digital Literacies in Online Spaces
    ● Dr Tonny Capstick, Lecturer in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading
  • Connected or separated? Transformation of Muslim Student Community in Japanese University under the COVID-19
    ● Dr Hiroko Kinoshita, Associate Professor of International Student Center, Kyushu University

SESSION 4: Dialogue Spaces and Communities – 15:30-17:00

  • Community Campus as Threshold: A New Point of Dialogue for Academia and the Community
    ● Prof Robert Brown, Professor of Architecture and Master of Architecture Program Leader at the University of Plymouth
    ● Dr Paul Warwick, Associate Professor in the Institute of Education and Director of the Centre of Sustainable Futures at the University of Plymouth
    ● Zoe Latham, PhD student and Doctoral Teaching Assistant within the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Plymouth
    ● Rachel Manning, PhD student at the University of Exeter and Research Assistant in the Plymouth Institute of Education at the University of Plymouth
    ● Dr Sebastian Stevens, Research Director and Co-Founder of Apollo Health Innovations Health and Researcher in the Technology Research and Innovation at the University of Plymouth
  • Curating Spaces of Hope: Exploring the Potential for Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) and Intra-communities dialogue, in a post-COVID Society by
    ● Dr Matthew Barber-Rowell, Research Fellow with the William Temple Foundation
  • A Place-based Approach to Online Dialogue: Community Appreciative Inquiry in Utrecht, The Netherlands During Covid
    ● Evelyn Henderson-Child, MA student in Intercultural Communication at Utrecht University