International Pandisciplinary Symposium on Solitude in Community Alone Together: 3 – Report

The third International Pandisciplinary Symposium on Solitude in Community Alone Together took place online on the 31st of March and 1st of April 2022.  The event was organized by the ISRS: the International Society for Research on Solitude together with the Institute of Pedagogy of the University of Szczecin (Poland) and Bishop Grosseteste University (UK) under auspices of  The Reverend Canon Professor Peter Neil, Vice-Chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University and Professor Waldemar Tarczyński, Rector of the University of Szczecin. Plenary sessions were conducted by Professors Dat Bao from Monash University (Australia) with a presentation entitled ‘The multiple meanings of silence in contexts: Implications for learning and communication’, and Samir Dayal from Bentley University (USA), who presented on ‘Antigone at the Crossroads: The Ethics of Alienation’.

Participants from various fields of study, representing 12 countries and four continents, presented in particular sessions related to philosophical, psychological, educational, religious and cultural dimensions of solitude, silence and loneliness. There was also a poster session and a place for the voice of practitioners working to mitigate people’s loneliness in specific environments and circumstances of everyday life. 

Recordings of the whole symposium are available at

The Alone Together symposia take place in a two-year cycle.  We look forward to the next one in 2024.  Before then, there will be other online seminars and publications, all described on the ISRS website ( 

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