Dialogue and governmentality-in-action

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We explore how dialogue as governmentality-in-action was both overtlychallenged and unintentionally employed in an interdisciplinary leadershipdevelopment forum held at a university. We study the forum as a site to exploreFoucault’s understanding of the conduct of conduct combined with Agamben’sand Deleuze’s proposals to advance and nuance the concept of dispositif. Wecompare dispositif with Bakhtin’s and Linell’s notions of dialogicality anddialogism as sites of centripetal and centrifugal forces with heteroglossia andorientation to third parties. This methodological move makes it possible tostudy dialogue and dispositif as related concepts that are lived out in situatedpractices. We employ membership categorisation analysis (MCA) to complementa multimodal conversation analysis of the opening lecture of the forum toshow the taken-for-granted nature of the setting as a dispositif.


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