IADA was established in 1990 in Bologna on the occasion of the 3rd International Conference on Dialogue Analysis when it accepted a proposal made by the founding members Sorin Stati, Franz Hundsnurscher and Edda Weigand.

The notion of dialogue is central for its scientific profile. It is however not restricted to a specific view of dialogue nor to a particular model but covers the whole range of language use including approaches based on other concepts such as conversation, discourse or social interaction. The following premises are considered to be common ground: – Language is primarily used for communication. – Communication is always dialogic. In this sense IADA focuses on a notion of ‘Language as Dialogue’.

IADA crosses orthodox disciplinary boundaries and considers a genuinely interdisciplinary approach necessary for addressing the complex phenomenon of dialogue. Linguists, literary scholars, philosophers, sociologists, psychologists and scholars from other disciplines interested in dialogic issues are called upon to join the dialogic circle.

By covering the whole range of language use, dialogue analysis comes close to pragmatics. Indeed every pragmatic issue is included. Dialogue Analysis however provides the analytic key to Pragmatics and thus allows us to structure the uncircumscribed field of a ‘pragmatic perspective’.



Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Educazione

The Department of Education of the University of Bologna (EDU) regroups scholars from diverse disciplines (Anthropology, History, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Psychology, Philological and Literary Studies, Law, Medicine, and Sociology) that have in common a special interest in studying and/or implementing the social contexts and practices of lifelong education and socialization. The Department collaborates at the scientific and didactic level with many Institutes and Research centers in Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East.



Scuola di Psicologia e Scienze della Formazione

The School of Psychology and Education of the University of Bologna provides courses and lectures of: clinical psychology, cognitive and applied psychology, neurosciences, organizational and social psychology, school and community psychology, history of education and children’s literature, special education, experimental pedagogy, sociology and anthropology, etc. The School offers many international opportunities, such as Joint Programmes, Double Degrees, mobility programs and fellowships.




Fondazione Alma Mater, organizing secretariat of International Conference IADA 2017, was established to link the University of Bologna with the wider community. Set up in 1996 the Foundation’s mission is to make available, nationally and internationally, the wealth of university knowledge by creating seamless links between sectors such as the university, public institutions and private enterprises.