Third International Conference on Dialogical Practices

We are happy to invite you to the

Third International Conference on Dialogical Practices:
«Listen to me!» Humanizing Human Practices

Kristiansand, Norway
23rd to 25th of September 2015.

“Listen to me!” is an ambiguous title: it is a cry, a plea, the expression of a fundamental condition for existing. If no one ever listens to me, I gradually turn into nobody. On the other side “listen to me!” may also illustrate the monologic voice of the educator or professional who “knows best” and tries to control and form the other through an instructive approach. Developing dialogical ways of working is about “humanizing human practices”. Only through dialogue we can give space to people’s vitality – in a realm of intersubjectivity.

Children want to be heard! The conference will explore the title “Listen to me!” Humanizing human practices in relation to children and adolescents, within various contexts. We will do this through three broad themes.

  1. Dialogues of everyday life: We are all dependent on the dialogues of our everyday life – in our everyday social arenas. This urges us, as professionals, to engage in the social reality and networks of the people we are trying to help.
  2. Dialogues and social justice: Social justice is about being included or excluded – offered or denied a place – in a community. This makes the various dialogues of our lives into political events, and dialogical practices into political practices
  3. The dialogical body: Dialogical practice should not be reduced to communication and understanding in a cognitive sense – a matter of the mind. Dialogical practice operates through the movement, expressivity and responsiveness of the body.

This conference creates an arena were professionals, scholars, researchers and service users from various disciplines can meet and share their experiences and ideas, and co-create ways of working dialogically within human practices.

We’re excited to announce that these themes will be highlighted by the following keynote speakers: 

Colwyn Trevarthen
Sheila McNamee
Gert Biesta
Tim Ingold

You can find some background information of the key note speakers in the latest newsletter

On the 23rd of September a pre-conference will be organized with Jaakko Seikkula, John Shotter, Jim Wilson, Peter Rober, and Justine van Lawick.

Important dates:
Opening for registration: 20th January – 20th May 2015
Opening for submission of abstracts: 20th January – 20th  April 2015

A detailed program will be presented in January. Stay tuned.

For further information contact:
Tore Dag Bøe:,
Tone Lunde Brekka: or
Jaakko Seikkula: 


Network for Open Dialogical Practices 
Institute for psychosocial health, University of Agder, Norway 
Department for Children and Adolescent’s Mental Health, Sorlandet Hospital, Norway