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 brings together experts from various disciplines who are passionate about sharing their knowledge of how we talk to, and with, each other.

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 was the first of a series of events to celebrate A Year of Conversation.

A Year of Conversation 2019 was 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.

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Saturday February 16th, 2019 09:30-17:30


The Royal Society of Edinburgh