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Respecting Otherness in Networks of Relationships

In June 2016 a conference ‘Respecting Otherness in Networks of Relationships’ will be held in Rovaniemi, Finland. Rovaniemi lies at the Arctic Circle.

The program of the conference is being prepared. Professor, PhD Tom Erik Arnkil and professor, PhD Jaakko Seikkula together with local forces are organizing a meeting that is concentrating on relationships in networking. The participants will also get a good look at how dialogical approach on networks is done in Rovaniemi. The municipality of Rovaniemi has developed early open co-operation over ten years.

So, please mark the dates from 10th to 12th of June 2016 in your calendar and wait for more information at this site.

Heikki Ervast

Hotellit / Accommodation
Hotel rooms can now be booked with a special price with a conference code. All the hotels lie nearby the conference hall (“walking distance”).

Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, Rovaniemi
contact: tel. +358 (0)20 1234 694; e-mail: paivi.erkinmikko@sok.fi
reservation code: VAY / 18128583

City –hotel, Rovaniemi
contact: tel. +358 16 3300 111
reservation code: VAY

Hotel Scandic Rovaniemi
contact: tel. +358 16 4606111
reservation code: no code needed

Hotel Santa Claus, Rovaniemi
contact: tel. +358 (0)16 321 3229; e-mail: rovaniemi@santashotels.fi
reservation code: 2412704

Program - Ohjelma

”We can proudly present that following ‘keynote speakers’ have confirmed their coming into our conference ‘Respecting Otherness in Networks of Relationships’ in June 2016:

  • Fabio Folghereiter (Italy)
  • Christian Waldstrøm (Denmark)
  • Mark Hopfenbeck (Norway, USA)
  • Jaakko Seikkula (Finland)
  • Johan Klefbeck (Sweden)
  • Gunnar Forsberg (Sweden)
  • Tom Arnkil (Finland)
  • Augusta Nicoli (Italy)
  • Kai Alhanen (Finland)
  • John Shotter (UK) 
  • Sara Heinämaa (Finland)

About conference themes and topics:
The conference is dialogical in form and bold in content. The hosting city Rovaniemi can present success and sustainability in fostering relational dialogical culture, but the challenges for continuity are real here, too. One of the topics is anchoring dialogicity in practices - over time and across sectors. In a way the conference is a meeting point for generations: the old hands get old, new hands carry the process. Could we support each other, local to local internationally?

How about power and equality? Relational practices are also power relationships. How do we navigate wisely and revitalize democracy?

And fundamental to all our work: what follows if we take seriously that all humans are comprehensive embodied beings in responsive relations? A lot follows - and we shall discuss this and exchange good practices throughout the conference!

About conference dialogues:
As you can see our conference will contain interesting keynote speeches and workshops. We are trying to built up a new form of “conferencing”. Maybe the keynote speeches (at least some of them) will be in a dialogical form, so there would be other participants (“otherness”) at stage, too. And in Autumn we shall open a dialogue about the conference themes in social media.

See also our Facebook -site:

https://www.facebook.com/respectingotherness.conference2016 “

Program - Ohjelma - Coming soon

The conference Respecting Otherness in Networks of Relationships will be dialogical in every sense. The plenary presentations and workshops will cover open dialogicity in professional practices and in everyday encounters, within organizations and in management – and both the plenary sessions and the workshops will be dialogical settings instead of one-way dissemination.

Rovaniemi has already for 10 years worked towards a culture of Early Open Cooperation, beginning with processes involving staff, management and users in social, health and educational services, and widening the perspective all the more. The special flavor in Rovaniemi is the emphasis and a long term vision on a dialogical culture and relational network orientation, not mere methods and projects. We welcome practitioners, users, researches, administrators, educators and politicians to join in a dialogue aiming at sustainable dialogical culture.

The program for plenary presentations will be announced shortly. Proposals for workshops are welcome. The call for papers will end in March 2016. Please follow our website for details and spread the site link to your colleagues and other interested partners!