Dialogic Matters: Social and Material Challenges for Dialogue in the 21st Century

Jul 24-27, 2019  |  Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Welcome to the 2019 International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA). The partners in the organization of this event are the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the International Association for Dialogue Analysis. The sponsoring offices include the Communication Department, College of Arts and Humanities, and Provost Office of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and the Graduate School, College of Letters and Science, and Department of Communication at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

In interrogating 'dialogic matters,' this conference especially invited papers that explore the various interconnections of dialogue, matter, matters of concern, and materiality. What are the specific social and material conditions which actually permit or facilitate dialogue? The conference will explore issues including the relevance and potential impact of various forms of dialogue on agency and action, the role of dialogue in addressing societal (Noy, 2015), political (Săftoiu, Neagu & Măda, 2015), cultural (Grein & Weigand, 2007), medical (Fatigante et al., 2016), environmental (Castor, 2018), scientific (Livnat, 2012) and technological (Caronia, 2015) 'matters of concern'. Papers also discuss dialogue and its implications for constructing and de-constructing 'others', dialogue and the posthuman turn, crises in and about dialogue, and dialogue in the processes of learning, and of social and personal transformation. 


Conference Program

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Conference Overview

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Conference Program - Full

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  • Patrice M Buzzanell

    Patrice M. Buzzanell (Ph.D., Purdue) is Chair and Professor of the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida and Endowed Visiting Professor for the School of Media and Design at Shanghai Jiaotong University. Fellow and Past President of the International Communication Association, she also has served as President of the Council of Communication Associations and the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG). She is a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association (NCA) and Wise Woman of OSCLG. Her research and funding focus on gendered career, work-life policy, resilience, and engineering design and ethics. She has published: 4 edited books; over 210 journal articles, chapters, and encyclopedia entries; and numerous engineering education and other proceedings. She received ICA’s B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award and the Provost Outstanding Mentor Award at Purdue, where she was University Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair and Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence.

  • Letizia Caronia

    Letizia Caronia (Ph.D.) is Full professor at the Department of Education (University of Bologna). She is the Director of the Master Degree Program in Education and member of the executive board of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis. Her research interests include language, interaction and culture in institutional as well as ordinary contexts; the communicative constitution of everyday and scientific knowledge; ideology and culture in social sciences. She conducts ethnographic research and videorecordings in health care settings, families and schools. Her recent publications include: "How to follow and analyze an artifact: Culture-through-things", in F. Cooren, F. Malbois (ed. by), Methodological and Ontological Principles of Observation and Analysis, Routledge, 2019; "The agency of language in institutional talk" (with F. Orletti), Language & Dialogue, 2019;  "How at home is an ethnographer 'at-home'? Territories of knowledge and the making of ethnographic understanding". Journal of Organizational Ethnography; "Morality at dinnertime: The sense of the Other as a practical accomplishment in family interaction”, Discourse and Society (with R. Galatolo) 2018, “Knowledge and Agency in  interprofessional care: How nurse contribute to the case-construction in an Intensive Care Unit”, Journal of Interprofessional Care (with M. Saglietti, 2018). 

  • Robert Craig

    Robert T. Craig is professor emeritus of Communication and a faculty affiliate of the Program in Cultural, Language, and Social Practice at the University of Colorado Boulder. Craig is a fellow and past president of the International Communication Association (ICA), and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association (NCA). His teaching and research interests are in the fields of communication theory and philosophy, discourse analysis, and argumentation. He publishes widely in academic books and journals and has presented his work around the world through conferences and invited lectures. He was founding editor of the ICA journal, Communication Theory. He co-edited (with Klaus Bruhn Jensen) the International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), and currently serves as series editor of the ICA Handbook Series. Current projects include critical studies of arguments about communication in public discourse and a book (co-authored with Karen Tracy): Grounded Practical Theory: Investigating Communication Problems (Cognella, forthcoming).


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