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Respecting Otherness in Networks of Relationships

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

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?

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.

See also our Facebook-, Twitter- and Instagram-sites: 

Heikki Ervast

Program - Ohjelma
Friday the 10 th of June / Lappia House:
 • 10:00-11:00 Registration
 • 11:00-12:00 Lunch
 • 12:00-14:00 Opening: the Mayor of the City of Rovaniemi 
First dialogue: Towards Network Oriented Dialogical Culture, Instead of Single Sectoral Projects
  • Case Rovaniemi, case Keropudas, case Kristiansand, case Italy, ...
  • In dialogue with Fabio Folghereiter, Augusta Nicoli, Nina Saarinen, Mia Kurtti, Rovaniemi representatives and others…
 • 14:00-14:30 Coffee break
 • 14:30-16:30 Second dialogue: From Nordic Network to More International One
35 years of process: how does the present look like? Wishes, expectations, worries…
  • In dialogue with Johan Klefbeck, Gunnar Forsberg, Mark Hopfenbeck and others…
Saturday the 11th of June / Lappia House and City Hall
 • 9:00-11:00 Otherness, Intersubjectivity, Relationality, Corporality, Democracy and power…
Third dialogue
  • In dialogue with Sara Heinämaa, Jaakko Seikkula, Kai Alhanen, Christian Waldstrøm, …
 • 11:00-12:00 Lunch / Lappia House
 • 12:00-14:00 Fourth dialogue: Continuing With Morning Themes Towards Dialogical Practices
  • Starting with John Shotter and Tom Arnkil
 • 14:00-14:30 Coffe Break / Lappia House
 • 14:30-16:30 Workshops / Lappia House and City Hall

The workshops so far:
  • Olga Evsteshina (Moscow) and Erik Hjorth (Norrköping)
  • Pernilla Björnberg (Trollhättan)
  • Juha Karhu (University of Lapland, Rovaniemi)
  • Two ’Early Open Co-operation’ workshops (Rovaniemi)
 • 18:30-19:30 City Reception / City Hall
 • 20:00- Dinner and Entertainment / Hotel Pohjanhovi
Sunday the 12th of June / Lappia House
 • 9:00-12:00 Way Back Home…. Sharing New Ideas
Fifth dialogue: Recalling the Good Future, Peer Learnig, Local to Local Internationally
 • 12:00-12:30 Coffee and Farewell…

The keynote speeches will be held in the dialogues and we wish that the speeches would be more dialogues than monologues… 


Program - Ohjelma

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.

The keynote speeches will be held in the dialogues and we wish that the speeches would be more dialogues than monologues…

  • 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)
Registration - Ilmoittautuminen
The registration for the conference is open now. The ‘early bird’ conference fee is only 180 €. Starting 1.2.2016 registration fee is 230  €, so try to be quick! The conference fee includes all the lunches, coffee break servings and the conference program. Remember to make the reservation also to the hotel.

Here’s the link for the registration:
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