Rethinking Dialogue in the Age of New Challenges and Opportunities

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Free to Attend


Dr Hilary Cremin

University of Cambridge

Dr Mustafa Demir

University of Staffordshire

Dr Omer Sener

Research Fellow, Dialogue Society London Branch

Prof Emer Joseph A. Camilleri

Director, Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University

Prof Karim Murji

University of West London

Professor of Social Policy and Criminology in University of West London

Dialogue Society is organising an Academic Workshop entitled “Rethinking Dialogue in the Age of New Challenges and Opportunities” on Thursday, 26 November 2020.

The critical workshop will provide a forum for peers to exchange research, best practices, and ideas related to current and emerging issues associated with dialogue on a global scale. It will include a total of 13 paper presentations as well as key note speakers from different parts of the world addressing the following themes related to the concept of dialogue in the age of new challenges and opportunities.

  1. In the face of the rise of populist rhetoric around the world, how can dialogue be used to address the negative outcomes of populism?
  2. How can dialogue be utilised to deflate tensions in non-conflict situations?
  3. In the case of new dialogue spaces, in what ways can dialogue be beneficial and instrumental for various means, for instance, when we consider online communications tools, such as social media platforms?
  4. What are the challenges of doing dialogue in new spaces, e.g. on online/virtual platforms communication channels?
  5. What are the fresh challenges brought about by the current pandemic, Covid-19, which has driven people to online platforms?

Editorial Board

  • Prof Emer Joseph A. Camilleri, La Trobe University
  • Dr Hilary Cremin, University of Cambridge
  • Prof Mike Hardy, Coventry University
  • Prof Karim Murji, University of West London
  • Prof Shirley Steinberg, University of Calgary
  • Dr Oemer Shener, Journal of Dialogue Studies
  • Dr Mustafa Demir, University of Staffordshire
  • Frances Sleap, Harris Westminster Sixth Form
  • 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 rethinking dialogue amid the explosion of new technologies that create spaces for discussion and debate and ensuing challenges.

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: Citizens and Institutions in a Dialogical Setting – 09:30-11:00

  • KEYNOTE: Prof Emer Joseph A. CamilleriLa Trobe University
  • Designated Spaces for Designated Imaginaries: The Cruel Optimism of Citizen Participation in Post-Disaster State-Citizen Dialogues by Dr Anna Vainio, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield
  • ‘Miscommunicating Across Borders: Ethnographic Reflections on EU Techniques of “Better Communication” From Brussels’ by Seamus Montgomery, DPhil Candidate, Social and Cultural Anthropology, St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford
  • Fourth Track Diplomacy: Its Time Has Come by Dr Suzanne Goodney Lea, Crime, Justice, and Security Studies, University of the District of Columbia & Eirliani Abdul Rahman, Former Diplomat for Singapore

SESSION 2: Dialogue: New Opportunities and Challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic – 11:15-12:45

  • KEYNOTE: Prof Mike HardyExecutive Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University
  • Dialogue During Lockdown by Canon Dr Andrew Smith, University of Birmingham; Coventry University
  • Online Peace-building Dialogue: Opportunities & Challenges Post-Covid-19 Pandemic Emergence
  • Virtual Dialogues: A Method to Deal with Polarisation in a Time of Social Isolation Caused by The Covid-19 by Rafael de Araujo Arosa Monteiro, PhD Candidate, University of Sao Paulo

SESSION 3: Learning in and Through Creativity and Critical Engagement – 13:45-15:30

  • KEYNOTE: Dr Mary EarlFaculty of Education, University of Cambridge
  • Rethinking Dialogue Practices among Children: Philosophy for Children and Phenomenology as Approach towards Conflict Resolution in a Diverse Classroom by Aireen Grace Andal, PhD Candidate, Centre for Comparative Studies of Toleration and Recognition and Centre for Global Urbanism, Ural Federal University
  • The Buddhist Nuns and Dialogue in War-time Myanmar: Understanding the Banality of Othering by Sneha Roy, PhD Candidate, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Creative Dialogue in Rome, Italy: Thinking Beyond Discourse-Based Interfaith Engagement by Dr Jenny Lindsay, Lecturer in Sociology and Communications, John Cabot University
  • Notes from a Black and White Island by Revd David Wiseman, Former Area Dean of Greater Northampton and Priest in Charge of Christ Church Northampton, Church of England

SESSION 4: Dialogue in the Age of Populism – 15:45-17:30

  • KEYNOTE: Prof Paul WellerEmeritus Professor, University of Derby; Research Fellow in Religion and Society at ​Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford; and Professor in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University
  • Role Model Natives: Influences of Intergroup Contact on Muslim Perceptions of Right-wing Populism by Dr Barry Yahya, Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen
  • Learning to Listen and Striving for Space: Deliberating the Housing Crisis by
    Dr Deborah Dunn, Department of Communication Studies, Westmont College
    Dr Rachel Rains Winslow, Department of History and Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Westmont College
    Kayla Petersen, Westmont Initiative for Public Dialogue and Deliberation, Westmont College
  • Neo-Populism: Applying Paul Taggart’s Heartland to the Italian Five Star Movement and League Parties by Amedeo Varriale, PhD Candidate, University of East London