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Int’l Workshop: Governance for the Human Future: The Centrality of Dialogue

The Journal of Dialogue Studies, in partnership with Global Humanity for Peace Institute, , invited papers that explore the ways governance processes might be improved by drawing on insights from innovative dialogue theories and congenial dialogue practices.

These papers were presented in an International Academic Workshop entitled “Governance for the Human Future: The Centrality of Dialogue” on the 10th of September 2022, 9 am BST.

In this workshop, there were 14 abstracts critically addressing the following themes to explore the ways international governance processes might be improved by drawing on insights from innovative dialogue theory and good dialogue practices.

  1. How might dialogue theory and good dialogue practices contribute positively to the governance processes? In what ways might these insights be applied effectively to governance?
  2. How significant are various theories of dialogue for governance processes? How might these dialogue theories be further developed and enriched?
  3. What dialogue practices might make positive contributions to good governance? How do they do so?
  4. What are the major impediments to meaningful dialogues? How might they be overcome?
  5. What might we learn from non-western approaches to good governance? How is dialogue practised in these approaches?
  6. How might good dialogue practices transform governance processes?

Editorial Board

Programme

Session 1: Dialogue Theories and Governance (9:30-11:00)

Keynote
● Professor Lord John Alderdice, House of Lords and Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford

Theoretical Approaches on the Role of Dialogue in International Governance: A Review of the Literature
● Dr Patrice Brodeur, Associate Professor at the Institute of Religious Studies, University of Montreal

Dialogues as Consensus-Building for Governance: A Conceptual Analysis
● Prof Garrett Thomson, CEO Guerrand-Hermes Foundation and Professor of Philosophy at the College of Wooster

Water Diplomacy and Governance: Philosophical Perspectives and Political Implications
● Dr Medha Bisht, Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, South Asian University, New Delhi

Session 2: Dialogue Practices in Governance (11:15-13:00)

Special Tribute to Dr Steve Wright ‘The Wright Way for Dialogue’
● Prof Simon Lee, The Open University and Professor of Jurisprudence, Queen’s University Belfast
● Prof Edward Abbott-Halpin, Principal of Orkney College, University of the Highlands and Islands

Harnessing Performative Knowledge to Achieve Fruitful Dialogue: The Participatory Arts-Based Approach
● Dr Barbara Groot, Senior Researcher at the Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, Leiden University Medical Centre
● Prof Tineke A. Abma, Professor for Participation at the Leiden University Medical Centre, and Executive-Director of the Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing

The 30th Anniversary of a Grassroots Dialogue in Northern Ireland
● Prof Simon Lee, The Open University and Professor of Jurisprudence, Queen’s University Belfast

Conversation as a Methodology for Human Flourishing, Belonging, and Understanding
● Dr Saiyyidah Zaidi, Convenor at the Centre for Belonging and Understanding and a Faculty Member and Tutor with Meyler Cambpell

The Case of the Popular University of Social Movements: Lessons on Dialogue from and for Humanisation and the Transformation of Traditional Institutions
● Alexandre da Trindade E Oliveira, Doctoral Student at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Session 3: Challenges of Meaningful Dialogue in Governance (14:00-15:30)

Keynote: Dialogue and the Route to Relational Governance
● Prof Kenneth Gergen, President of the Taos Institute and Chair of the Board and the Mustin Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College

Ready for a Perfect Storm: Leadership, Dialogue and Trust in a Time of Disconnection
● Prof Mike Hardy, Chair of Intercultural Relations and Founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations at Coventry University
● Dr Uroosa Mushtaq, Doctoral Fellow (Cotutelle), Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University

Digital Media and Problems of Fragmentation, Rise of Populism and the Post-Truth Era
● Dr Serik Orazgaliyev, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University and Research Affiliate at the Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Jesus College, University of Cambridge

The 30th Anniversary of a Grassroots Dialogue in Northern Ireland
● Prof Simon Lee, The Open University and Professor of Jurisprudence, Queen’s University Belfast

Dialogue and the Document on Human Fraternity: ‘Academic’ Scriptural Reasoning as a Tool for Promoting International Governance
● Ahmed Ragab Abdelhay, Assistant Lecturer at Al-Azhar University and Professional Doctorate Student at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Cultural Democracy at the Frontiers of Patronage: Public Interest Art versus Promotional Culture
● Dr Owen Logan, Honorary Research Fellow in the University of Aberdeen’s School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History
● Dr Martyn Hudson, Assistant Professor in Art and Design History at Northumbria University, Newcastle
● Prof Alex Law, Professor of Sociology at the School of Business, Law and Social Sciences, Abertay University
● Dr Kirsten Lloyd, Lecturer in Curatorial Theory and Practice at The University of Edinburgh

Session 4: Innovative Approaches to Good Governance in non-Western Contexts (15:45-17:30)

From the inside out: The “culture of dialogue” among pro-democratic actors in Equatorial Guinea
● Carolina Nvé Díaz San Francisco, Doctoral Student in Anthropology, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia and A Researcher at the Disparities Research Unit (Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School)

Democracy and Dialogue in India: The Minority Discourse
● Dr Sneha Roy, Programme Officer at the KAICIID International Dialogue Centre

Dialogue and the Document on Human Fraternity: ‘Academic’ Scriptural Reasoning as a Tool for Promoting International Governance
● Ahmed Ragab Abdelhay, Assistant Lecturer at Al-Azhar University and Professional Doctorate Student at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Public Policy, Collaborative Governance, and Female Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean: A Critical Assessment
● Dr Talia R. Esnard, Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Behavioural Sciences at The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

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