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    The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    22-26 George Street
    EH2 2PQ

The Art of Conversation

What is the art of conversation?

Conversation allows us to open our minds and to share and explore topics across the world. It is at the heart of many cultural and literary practices. Continuing to develop it is important, especially now with new platforms and channels of communication.

Although the definition of a conversation hasn’t changed over the years, the way in which we converse most definitely has, influenced by developments in technology, changes in society and by our own attitudes.

The Art of Conversation will bring together experts from various disciplines who are passionate about sharing their knowledge of how we talk to, and with, each other.

The event will consist of various sessions examining the different ways we converse, and promises to be a most informative and enlightening day.

Discussion Forums

 Time  Session
 10–11:30 am  Conversation in a Digital World
 12:3o–2 pm  The Art of Good Conversation
 3–4:30 pm  Creative Communication

In Conversation Talks

 Time  Session
 11:45 am–12:30 pm  Conversation and Children
 2:15–3 pm  Speaking Without Words: methods of non-verbal communication
 4:45–5:30 pm  Should I Talk About It? conversation in relation to mental health and approaches to conversation

During the booking stage, you will be given the option of registering for any or all of the above sessions.

The Art of Conversation is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the ever-changing nature of conversation, as well as increasing understanding of the barriers, tools and techniques which can enable a good conversation.

This event will be the first of a series of events to celebrate A Year of Conversation.

A Year of Conversation 2019 is a collaborative project designed to celebrate, initiate and explore conversation through the creativity of those who live in Scotland. At a time when mutual understanding appears threatened, when communities are becoming closed off, we want to demonstrate the power of conversation to reinforce Scotland’s position as a place where people are engaged with each other and with the world.