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Representative of ISE at the Eighth Dialogical Self Conference

The 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.

            At this conference Anita Pipere (in co-authorship with ISE researcher Ilona Mičule) presented the paper „Dialogical Self of Mathematics Teachers: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis”. It should be noted that the special importance this year was placed on the issue of education in the context of dialogical self and this area of studies seems to be quite fruitful and promising one in coming years to be elaborated through the Dialogical Self Theory. Furthermore, the Dialogical Self Theory and methods appear to be an inspiring tool to be used to develop the theory and practice of sustainable education since dialogicality could serve as one of the core principles of such education.   

            Professor Pipere also used the opportunity to engage in productive discussions during the conference’s workshops, sections, other events, networking both in person and electronically.

            The registration fee for the Dialogical Self Conference was covered by the financial support from the Daugavpils University.