International Society for Dialogical Science

Since the early 1990s there has been a growing interest in the study of the dialogical self stimulated by scientific developments in the broader areas of self and dialogue. The study of dialogical processes is of unprecedented importance in an era in which dialogical relationships, between and within people, are at the heart of living together in a globalizing world community. This consideration has led researchers to establish an organization with the aim of facilitating communication on an international basis. Against this background the International Society for Dialogical Science was founded in June 2002. The Society was formally constituted as a foundation under Dutch law in June 2002 and registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce under number 09129112. The board of the foundation consists of professor Frans Wijsen (chair), Professor Toon van Meijl and professor Hubert Hermans, affiliated to Radboud University, Nijmegen.


The objectives of the Society are:

a. The stimulation and facilitation of interaction between researchers and practitioners who are interested in the facilitation of dialogical processes in the self, in society and between cultures in a globalizing world;

b. The construction and further development of dialogical self theory and other theories which deal directly with the relationship between self and dialogue.

c. The development of scientific methods for assessment, promotion, and evaluation of dialogical processes in connection with the development of the self.

d. Bringing together theories, methods, research and practice from different psychological subdisciplines and related disciplines which deal with the topics mentioned under a and b. The following subdisciplines and disciplines are considered to be particularly relevant to this goal: personality psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, psychogerontology, psychology of culture & religion, clinical psychology, psychotherapy, personnel psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, brain sciences, humanities, social anthropology, sociology, philosophy, history, theology, and art.

e. International cooperation in the areas as described under a, b and c and between representatives from the subdisciplines and discplines mentioned under d.

Communication about information concerning planned and current research and practice.  In the service of these objectives  the Society organizes regular conferences, symposia, and workshops, distributes newsletters, and publishes articles in the section Dialogical Self Theory of the Journal of Constructivist Psychology.

    Executive Committee

    The executive committee includes the following members:

    • John Barresi, Dalhousie University, Canada
    • Giancarlo Dimaggio, III Centro di Psicoterapia Cognitiva, Roma, Italy
    • Miguel Goncalves, University of Minho, Portugal (Vice-President)
    • Hubert Hermans, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands (Honorary President)
    • Vincent Hevern, Le Moyne College, USA
    • Ivana Marková, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK
    • Dan McAdams, Northwestern University, USA
    • Robert Neimeyer, University of Memphis, USA
    • Piotr Olés, Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
    • Henderikus J. Stam, University of Calgary, Canada (President)
    • Jaan Valsiner, Clark University, USA
    • Leni Verhofstadt-Denève, Ghent University, Belgium

    International Conferences

    The organization of international conferences is one of the aims of the Society

    • The First International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-1) was organized by the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in June 2000. Participants from 15 countries presented 80 contributions.

    • The Second International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-2) was organized by Ghent University, Belgium, in October 2002. 150 participants from 21 countries proposed 102 contributions.
    • The Third International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-3) was organized by the Warsaw School of Social Psychology and the Catholic University of Lublin in August, 2004. Approximately 170 participants from 30 countries attended the TICDS and made 163 contributions.
    • The Fourth International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-4) was held June 1-3, 2006 at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. There were 185 participants from 27 countries and 187 total presentations made at ICDS-4.
    • The Fifth International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-5) was held August 26-29, 2008 at Queens College, Cambridge University, United Kingdom. There were 300 participants from 43 countries at the ICDS-5.
    • The Sixth International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-6) was held Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2010 at the President Hotel, Athens, Greece under the co-sponsorship of ISDS and the Institute for Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapy (Greece). A total of 230 participants from 35 countries and 207 presentations marked the ICDS-6.
    • The Seventh International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-7) was held 25-28 October, 2012 in Athens, Georgia, USA. There were 109 participant from 27 countries. 
    • The Eighth International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-8) was organized 19-22 August, 2014 by The Hague University of Applied Science. There were 277 participants from 35 countries. 
    • The Ninth International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-9) was held  7-10 September, 2016, at the John Paul University in Lublin, Poland. There were 275 participants from 36 countries. 
    • The 10th International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-10) was organized  13-17 June, 2018 by the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, in cooperation with the ISDS and the Constructivist Psychology Network. There were 237 participants from 38 countries.
    • The 11th International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS-11) is scheduled 10-13 June, 2020, at the Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sports Sciences, Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain. This conference is organised by the Research Group SINTE, Facultat de Psicologia, Ciències de la Educació i Esport. Universitat Ramon LLull and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

    Following this pattern, the ISDS proposes to organize an international conference every second year in different countries. Each conferences is combined with pre- and post-conference workshops, training courses and other activities.

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