Springs of Dialogue

6th International Conference on Dialogical Practices

Olomouc, Palacký University, Czech Republic

18. 5. - 20. 5. 2023

+ PRECONFERENCE 17. 5. 2023


with Ivana Markova, Jaakko Seikkula, Peter Rober, Adalberto Barreto and many others

You are cordially invited to the beautiful and ancient city of Olomouc in the Czech Republic for the 6. International Conference on Dialogical Practices. The conference is organised by the Institute of Social Health at the Palacky University in Olomouc, the Network for Dialogical Practices, the non-profit organisation Zahrada 2000 and the Narativ Association.

The International Conference of Dialogical Practices is a gathering of both academics and practitioners from various fields of helping professions who are inspired by the idea of dialogue as an inherent and necessary condition of human life. Dialogic Practices draw in particular on the work of Mikhail Bakhtin, the approach of reflecting process, and contemporary theories of intersubjectivity and embodiment.

Due to the coronavirus situation, this time we had to wait longer for the conference to take place. At the moment it seems we have managed the coronavirus crisis, however the state of crisis may be becoming a new norm. Just a few hundred kilometres from the conference venue, a huge humanitarian crisis is unfolding, caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, we are witnessing a profound environmental crisis, an energy crisis and many other crises.

We believe that dialogical practice is one of the ways to become active agents in a crisis. Since its inception in the context of psychiatric and psychosocial crises, it has been successfully used also in other types of crisis situations. It has shown that dialogue can be a very valuable and important response to a crisis. But where can dialogue actually come from? What resources and conditions are needed for it to emerge and develop? Where are the springs of dialogue? These questions represent the key theme of the conference.

In addition, it will be an excellent opportunity for a personal meeting and building connections among leaders and supporters of dialogical practice from around the world. Keynote speakers will come from Europe, North and South America, and Asia. This personal connection is important to us and essential for a dialogical practice. However, we are also aware of the adverse effects of such gatherings on the climate. Therefore, please consider travelling by train or other environmentally friendly means of transport. We are preparing benefits for those who decide to choose a more environmentally friendly means of transport.