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


The 2019 International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) conference will be held from July 24-27, 2019, 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 (but not exclusively) invites 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 could 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. 


IADA 2019 invites papers that explore the various interconnections of dialogue, matter, matters of concern, and materiality. Proposals from any academic discipline addressing questions related to dialogue and dialogue studies are welcome.




The deadline for submission to IADA 2019 has been extended to March 15, 2019, at 23:59 Central Standard Time (GMT +5). Notification of acceptance is in March 2019.



  • 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.


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