The 12th International Conference on the Dialogical Self

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Tallinn University, Estonia
4-7 June, 2024



The purpose of the conference is to create a forum for dialogue across the boundaries of specific (sub)disciplines, and to explore the possibilities and challenges related to the dialogical self. As such, the 12th International Conference on the Dialogical Self is open to psychologists and scholars of social sciences, linguistics, and arts. Please note that the conference is in-person only to facilitate dialogue between colleagues and across different disciplines.

Fields of study and application

Exploration of the dialogical self has a broad scope, including areas as far-reaching as literary science, empirical psychology, and psychotherapy practice. It brings together different fields of psychology, such as personality, developmental, social, political, cultural, and clinical psychology, and brain sciences. Increasingly, researchers use the theory to make meaning of the complexity of educational, coaching, and counselling practices. Across these diverse fields, 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
  • self and education
  • globalization and glocalization
  • social power and dominance
  • self and emotions
  • dialogue and linguistics
  • self-narratives in psychotherapy
  • dialogue and development
  • wisdom, maturity and health
  • multivoicedness and art.
Poster guidelines

Please note that the poster stands for the poster sessions are 2.2 meters in height and 1 meter in width. We kindly ask you to keep these measurements in mind when preparing your poster. 

Keynote speakers

Keynote speaker
Hubert Hermans

The Netherlands

D. Nir

Keynote speaker
Dina Nir

R. L.

Keynote speaker
Reineke Lengelle


E. Fricks

Keynote speaker
Enno Fircks

Every day there will be presentations by internationally recognized keynote speakers and lecturers who will give a full hour presentations. Submissions for symposia, papers, posters, workshops, and topic groups are welcome.

Invited lecturers

Bob Fecho, USA
Nadia Kennedy, USA
Rens van Loon, The Netherlands
Matthew Pugh, UK
Barbara Schellhammer, Germany
Jaan Valsiner, Denmark

Invited symposia organizers

Jaan Valsiner, Denmark
Ina ter Avest, The Netherlands
Kiyomi Banda, Japan
Angela Branco, Brazil
Anna Gabinska, Poland
Lado Gamsakhurdia, Georgia
Jan Gube, Hong Kong
Nicole Immler, The Netherlands
Chiara Imperato, Italy
Mahtab Janfada, Australia
Manuel L. de la Mata Benítez, Spain
Carles Monereo, Spain
Piotr Oles, Poland
Teemu Pauha, Finland
Kristiina Uriko, Estonia
Chiel van Veen, The Netherlands
Maria Viou, Greece
Joanne Zhang, China

Invited paper presenters

Vladimir Dzinovic, Serbia
Miroslav Filip, Czechia
Alastair Henry, Sweden
Emma Kay, USA
David Kennedy, USA
Aris Lanarides, UK
Kitade Keiko, Japan
Henderikus Stam, Canada
Iva Svacinova, Czech Republic

Invited workshop leaders

Dina Nir, Israel
Georgia Gkantona, Greece
Wilson Zhang, China

Source: Estonian Convention Bureau, video link.


Tallinn University is located in the heart of Tallinn, nestled between the historically rich Kadriorg district and the enchanting Tallinn Old Town. Thanks to this, the university campus is surrounded by various picturesque locations that are a wonder to explore! If you're looking for ideas on what to do, we recommend taking a long, relaxing walk in the Kadriorg Park or going on a stroll along the Reidi tee promenade to experience the dazzling Baltic sea. 

Tallinn University is located on Narva road and the university campus consists of 6 buildings that are connected through a number of glass corridors and galleries. The university buildings are an academic mixture of modern and historic, offering a unique atmosphere for all those who visit us! Thanks to its convenient location, the university campus is accessible by car, bicycle, electric scooter, public transport, or even on foot. What's more, Tallinn University is the only Estonian university that is accessible by tram which is the greenest form of public transportation. For more information on where to park your car or your bike, please visit the university website here.

Tallinn University campus is fully accessible for people with disabilities and those with challenged mobility. Read more about that under "Venue". 

Free Public Transportation

The conference is partnered with Tallinn Transport Department (Tallinna Transpordiamet) to provide all of our conference participants free public transportation between the period of 03.-08.06.2024 from 00:00 to 00:00. To use public transportation, please scan the QR-code on your conference nametag when entering a bus, a tram, or a trolleybus. NB! Please note that the QR-code should be scanned at the validator that is located by the first door of the vehicle. The validator is square-shaped and orange in colour. For more information on how to use free public transportation, please contact the conference organizing team at

For useful advice and inspiration on Tallinn’s top attractions, activities, events, and places to eat and drink, check out the city’s official tourism portal,, or follow @VisitTallinn on social media.

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On behalf of the conference Organizing Committee, we warmly welcome you to the conference in Tallinn and hope you will create many memorable moments!

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Conference Organizing Committee,
Tallinn University Training and Conference Centre,

Photo by Kaupo Kalda 2020,

NB! The organizing committee reserves the right to make changes in the programme. Please note that the poster area is at the Researchers' forum (Teadlaste foorum) and the posters will stay up for the duration of the conference.

NB! The programme has been updated as of May 24th.


NB! For practical information regarding presentations (such as presentation time) and posters (such as the size of poster stands), please see below.

Practical information 

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