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Research project

Dialogue Among Cultures and Disciplines: Past, Present, and Future

Dialogue is a multi-dimensional communication mechanism whose processes can only be examined by means of an interdisciplinary approach.

Siavash Rafiee Rad


This network fosters interdisciplinary research, focusing on various aspects of dialogue among cultures and academic disciplines. Dialogue is one of the basic forms of human interactions and it is present in daily life in classrooms, (social)media, politics, arts and literature. Dialogue is deployed for communication, exchange of knowledge, debates and discussions to promote understanding. Dialogue is inevitable to generate bonds with society, and to create an inclusive society.

Dialogue brings disciplines together as it has crossing points with language, art, literature, media-technology, cognition, social media, healthcare, politics and public management. While research has been done on dialogue from a single discipline, this subject is rarely addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective. This network aims to analyse modern practices of dialogue in classrooms (teaching), advertising, political rhetoric and campaigns, text and image, court room argumentations, as well as the massive legacy of dialogue as a literary genre in a wide range of cultures.

The Goal of the Network

The aim of the network is to bring staff members, postdocs, and PhD-students from different disciplines and institutes together to investigate dialogue in a multidisciplinary context. In addition to a series of lectures, we organize events, workshops, and conferences.

Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in joining this network. The more, the merrier!

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