GETTING CLOSER: Towards a new human alliance

While we can study already completed, dead forms at a distance, seeking to understand the pattern of past events that caused them to come into existence, we can enter into a relationship with a living form and, in making ourselves open to its movements, find ourselves spontaneously responding to it.

John Shotter

Dialogue is the undeniable aspect within which to think over the foundations and the sense of our living together. The focus of the conference will be on the best dialogical practices and research findings in the era of complexity and interdependence. In order to promote human alliance, to develop working practices with and among people, families and communities.

The main experiences of dialogical practices in the clinical, educational, social and political fields will be presented, and the dialogical approach will be extended to other fields, institutions, and organizations.

Particular attention will be paid to the processes of dialogue and peace, meant as creative and non-violent solutions for conflicts.

Join us at the conference if you are…

  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Psychologist
  • Educationalist
  • Philosopher
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Doctor
  • Medical or Health Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Educator
  • Communication expert
  • Public Manager
  • Local Administrator
  • Manager
  • University Student
  • Artist

 Format of the Conference


October 12nd

  • 9.00 – 12.30 Pre Conference
  • 14.30 – 17.00 Main Conference (1 guest and 1 key speaker)
  • 17.30 – 19.00 Working groups (max 7)

October 13th

  • 9.00 – 12.30 Main Conference (2 key speaker and 2 discussant)
  • 14.30 – 19.00 Workshops (max 7)
  • 20.00 – 21.00 Get together with food, drinks and music
  • 21.00 – 23.00 Torino By night

October 14th

  • 9.00 – 13.00 Workshops and Final dialogue (max 7)
  • 15.00 – 17.00 Turin Tour (optional)



Submission of abstracts:

20th April to 20th June 2017 


Do you want to participate? Watch out for following deadlines:

  • Registration: April 20th to 20th July 2017, Early booking by the end of May
  • Call for Papers for the workshops: February 10th to 10th May 2017
  • Poster: February 10th to 10th May 2017

Any queries? Contact our coordinator:

Eleonora Ruzzante
Responsible for communication and events
+39 0112340083

Past Conferences on Dialogical Practices

  • First International Conference 22-24 September 2011, Helsinki, Finland
  • Second International Conference 7-9 March 2013, Leuven, Belgium
  • Third International Conference 23-25 September 2015, Kristiansand, Norway

In memory of John Shotter

The Conference is in memory of John Shotter, a beautiful architect of human dialogue, who passed away on December 8, 2016.

Emeritus Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication, University of New Hampshire (U.S.A.), he worked as an organizational consultant and doctoral examiner internationally. His long term interest was in the social conditions conducive to people having a voice in the development of participatory democracies and civil societies. His contributions to social constructionism, Open Dialogue and a radically humanistic psychology are acknowledged and studied the world over.

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