The Eighth International Conference on the Dialogical Self

19-22 August 2014, The Hague University, The Hague, The Netherlands.

The concept

LogoThe concept of  the dialogical self, based on the work of psychologist Hubert Hermans and others, is a growing development in psychology and the social sciences that is inspired by the concepts of theorists such as Bakhtin and James and builds on the latest developments in cultural, cognitive and social psychology, as well as advancements in counseling and psychotherapy. This new approach is closely related to narrative psychology, constructivism, and cultural psychology, but the focus is on the multivoiced self. According to the concept of the dialogical self, the individual self is social in origin and dialogical in its potential. The self reflects and appropriates the voices of society and significant others, and within the functioning of the self we consider these voices in dialogue.

The purpose

The purpose of the conference is to create a forum for dialogue across the boundaries of specific (sub)disciplines that explores the possibilities and challenges related to the dialogical self. As such, the Eigth International Conference on the Dialogical Self is open to psychologists and scholars of other social sciences and arts.


Exploration of the dialogical self has a broad scope, including areas as far-reaching as literary science, brain research, empirical psychology, and psychotherapy practice. It brings together different fields of psychology, such as personality, developmental, social, and clinical psychology. Increasingly, researchers use the theory to make meaning of the complexity of educational, coaching and counseling practices. Across these diverse fields, the concept of the dialogical self provides an interdisciplinary platform for innovative research, theory and practice.

Central topics of interest 

Central topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • self and identity

  • culture and self
  • globalization
  • social power and dominance
  • self and emotions
  • dialogue and linguistics
  • reconstruction of self-narratives in psychotherapy
  • dialogue and development
  • dialogical teaching practices
  • multivoicedness and art

Keynotes, Lectures, Symposia, Papers, Workshops, and Topic groups

Everyday there will be presentations by internationally recognized keynote speakers and lecturers, who will give a full-hour presentations. Submissions for symposia, papers, and workshops are welcome. Specific for this conference is that we invite participants to submit proposals for topic groups. In these groups 4-10 participants come together in order to discuss and deepen a particular topic of their own choice. We believe that such groups will stimulate dialogue and can be a starting point for new cooperation.

A Post-Conference Workshop

A post-conference workshop on Dialogical Practice is scheduled 23 August 2014 and will take place in the Tuinkamer, a historical location in the center of The Hague. 

Address: Brouwersgracht 30, The Hague.  

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Historical and artistic environment

The environment of the venue is particularly exciting for those people who love history and art. The Hague has a rich variety of historical sites and museums and Amsterdam with its many splendid attractions is at a distance of not more than 45 minutes.