Town Hall – Anthropological View on Open Dialogue

The HOPEnDialogue project, Open Excellence and Mad in
America invite you to explore the challenges and opportunities
of responding to crisis ‘dialogically’.

History might be seen as efforts to resolve tensions between our simultaneously individual and collective existence. Anthropology allows us to reflect on our subjectivity in dialogue with others. Though we live with independent perspectives, in important ways we are inextricable from the families, communities, and nations in which we live. Wars and other madness might be seen as arising in the tensions between the two. Healthy communities and families have found ways to resolve these tensions through dialogue of some kind. What do anthropologists see about how
“Open Dialogue”, as practiced in Western Lapland, fits into this ancient history? What can we learn about the success and failure of dialogue in human history?


Kiara Wickremasinghe, David Mosse, Lauren Cubellis, Mark Hopfenbeck, Enric Torrents.


Kermit Cole and Louisa Putnam

Chat moderator

Cathy Thorley

Reflecting team

Sabine & Werner Schutze, Aanund Brottveit

Please register below for this 90-minute panel (with Q&A). Friday, July 2 at: 9 AM PDT, 12 Noon EDT, 5 PM BST.
We will email you a Zoom link on the day. Registration for the live Zoom is limited but we will also live-stream on Mad in America’s Facebook page and post to YouTube afterwards.