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.