Call for Papers

The Journal of Dialogue Studies invites papers for a special issue addressing dialogue as a means of conflict resolution under the title of “Critical Dialogues: Dialogue and Conflict Resolution” for the forthcoming issue as a special issue teasing out ‘dialogue’ as a tool in Conflict Resolution.


Dialogue as a concept comes in various shapes and objectives. For some it is an existential means related to the essence of being human, for some others,  ‘dialogue’ is a pedagogical method of learning (Socratic method) and also a means to resolve conflicts ‘peacefully,’ which means reconciling the incompatible aims of each party harming peace, order and harmony (believed to be the ideal structure from a normative perspective) sometimes before or during but some other times even after the violent conflict comes to its end.

As a tool of conflict resolution, dialogue can take on many different shapes and can be moulded to respond to each conflict. In some cases, it becomes a tent that gives shelter to both sides creating an environment of peace and security; in some other cases, it becomes a ship that saves the parties from the results of the conflict; in some extreme cases it might be a counter-fire, to extinguish a fire that is about to burn a forest. In all these shapes and forms, dialogue constructs an aura facilitating parties to settle their incompatible differences.

Contributors are invited to consider questions such as the following: in applying the theory in question how can success and failure be evaluated? What has succeeded and what has not yet succeeded in a selected case or cases? Why was this? Can the theory or method be adapted or supplemented accordingly to deal with these difficult cases? Or may it be necessary to combine the theory with other theories and construct tailored ‘hybrid’ frames for these conflicts at various levels?

In this special issue, we aim to critically engage with the existing theories and methods utilised to peacefully end conflicts at various levels. Some of these theories were compiled in two volumes by the Dialogue Society and published as Dialogue Theories I and Dialogue Theories II. The special issue is a follow-up to those publications.

Contributors are invited to reflect upon these theories and critically analyse their applicability in the most difficult cases.

Those selected papers are also going to be invited for a workshop in London to present their papers in November 2019.

Schedule for Submissions:

  • Abstracts: by 15th of June (200–300 words maximum) and CVs (maximum of 2 pages, including any personal statement and/or listing of publications or work experience)
  • Shortlisting Abstracts: By editorial boards and papers invited by 30th of June
  • Full papers: Papers by 31st of August 4,000 words minimum – 8,000 words maximum, excluding bibliography
  • Review: Papers reviewed by the Editorial Board and classed as: Accepted – No Recommendations; Accepted – See Recommendations; Conditional Acceptance – See Recommendations; Not Accepted. By 30th September
  • Final Papers: by 15th of October

Papers should be submitted by email attachment to: and must be received by 31st August 2019 in order to allow sufficient time for peer review. Manuscripts should be presented in a form that meets the requirements set out in Journal’s Article Submission Guidelines, provided here, and Style Guide, provided here.

Please send any queries to the Editorial Team via