European / International Joint Ph.D. in
Social Representation and Communication

“Yellow” eligible partners: Principal active partners for scientific input - Enlarged Scientific Board (Socrates and Vinci partners)


“Yellow” eligible partners:

Principal active partners for scientific input:

Enlarged Scientific Board (Socrates and Vinci partners)


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University of Applied Science

Alice Solomon Fachhochschule Berlin

In 1971, ASFH merged with other social work training institutions, including the catholic Helene-Weber-Academy, to become a state university of applied science, and is today one of the largest social service training institutions in the country. Since 1998 it has been

housed in a specially constructed building in Hellersdorf. There are two diploma programs offered: Social Work/ Social Pedagogy, Care/ Care Management.

Fundamental elements of both programs are integrated into the program: interdisciplinary foundation semesters, a project-based course oriented towards exemplary fields of practical experience and practical internship phases. This enables flexibility in dealing with  social change, new practice standards and for on-going reflection on these issues through teaching and research.

Other special features of the programs are: analysis of modern information technology and its uses in the social service field (a computer centre is available) as well as part time study program for professionals. Together with the ASFH's University Didactics Centre, there are currently plans to develop multimedia and interactive classes, especially for use in the part time program.

Applied research is an indispensable component of the work.  It aims particularly to develop or provide  academic accompaniment for new opportunities in social service practice and is at the same time essential to training relevance.

According to a comparative study, ASFH is among the most active of German universities engaged in research in  applied sciences and focuses on all the central problems and fields of social work.

The ASFH program of continuing education is oriented towards the requirements of practitioners and is composed of methodological, legal, pedagogical/ psychological, and social scientific courses. In addition, there are institution-specific and multi-semester further education courses, for example, the continuing education course “Psycho Social Work”, as well as  colloquia for ASFH graduates on preparation for doctoral research.

Since 1980, ASFH maintains diverse co-operation with 18 universities both in and outside Europe. In this area, particular emphasis is placed upon participation in the European MA-program Comparative European Social Studies (MA CESS). In addition, ASFH is represented in the international umbrella organization of Social Practice and Education.

In particular, Uwe Flick provides an important contribution to the study of social psychology in: empirical methods of social research, constructivism, common sense and attitude, representations of Health and social representations of age.



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University of Hamburg

Psychologisches Institut II

With approximately 39.900 students, the University of Hamburg ranks fifth in size among  institutions of higher learning in the Federal Republic of Germany. Corresponding to Hamburg's view of itself as the "gateway to the world",  the University with its diversity and traditions of subject areas and educational offerings, views itself as the "gateway to the world of knowledge". It has 858 professors engaged in teaching and research, as well as an additional fulltime academic staff of  2,783. There are also 6,474 technical and administrative employees. About 1,000 part-time academic instructors teach at the University, and an equal number of additional academic and other employees are engaged in individual research projects financed by parties outside the University.

The University of Hamburg is a member of the: Association Internationale des Universités, Paris; Europäischen Rektorenkonferenz, Genf; Hochschul Rektoren Konferenz, Bonn-Bad Godesberg; Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn-Bad Godesberg; Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes e.V., Bonn-Bad Godesberg; Inter-University Centre of Postgraduate Studies Dubrovnik, Croatia.



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Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Facultad de Psìcologia

Along with excellence in education, the Independent University of Madrid embraces the development of research as  an essential task.,   Since its foundation, a peculiar characteristic of the university has been its important contribution to training of research groups that initially grew around internationally renowned scientists and have since acquired an important standing in the area of research. The national and international recognition obtained by UAM researchers has contributed economically to support the research infrastructure. The university departments are the main motor for research and their professors, grant recipients and support personnel are currently participating in numerous projects financed by public agencies and  research agreements and contracts with a variety of diverse companies and organizations.  Recognition  has also been given to UAM for the large number of  scientific articles published in prestigious international journals, the numerous papers presented at international congresses, congresses organized by the Independent University of Madrid, the increasing number of visiting professors who contribute to the exchange of ideas and training new generations of researchers and the significant number of doctoral dissertations prepared at  the UAM.

The Faculty of Psychology has four departments: Basic Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Biological Psychology and Health, Social Psychology and Methodology. The faculty offer two doctoral programs with the support of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce and an interuniversity programme, with the UNED and the Complutensian University. In both programs professors from other Spanish and  foreign universities participate. The most important research areas are: psychology of the emotions, communitarian psychology, environmental psychology, organizational psychology, experimental research on lying, psycho-social factors and AIDS, theory and history of social psychology, transcultural study of personal values. The Department has relationships with high level university centres in Europe and America. Many professors have research projects financed by regional, national or EU organizations



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Eotvos Lorand Tudomanyegyetem

(E.L.T.E. Budapest)

Institute of Psychology

With a population of over 2 million people, Budapest is a modern and vibrant cultural city ideally located in the heart of Europe. Higher education in Hungary has a long tradition. Its history dates back to the founding of the University of Pécs in 1367 by Louis I. The Eötvös Loránd University however is the oldest university in continuous existence. The legal predecessor of the Eötvös Loránd University was founded in 1635 by Cardinal Péter Pázmány as the University of Nagyszombat. In 1777 the university was transferred from Nagyszombat to Buda, the capital of the country at that time. In 1784 the university moved to Pest and its name changed to Royal Hungarian University.

The university currently has an academic staff of 1,817 and the enrolment is over 12,000 students.

It is divided into five faculties: the Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Law and Political Science, Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Teacher training, Institute and Post Graduate Centre for Sociology and Social Policy. The Faculty of Humanities is one of the biggest faculties where student enrolment is over 9,000 in the various courses. Many foreign students choose to study at the faculty to obtain a degree or take some courses as a guest student for 1 or 2 semesters, counted  as part of their studies at their home university. The faculty has many links with foreign universities all over the world. We are members of various international organizations including the Coimbra Group, IAU, CRE, EAIE, UNICA, and Donaurektorenkonferenz.

The TEMPUS program has been working successfully for many years to encourage student mobility. The CEEPUS program draws its member countries from the Central-East European region and promotes student exchanges.

History of the Institute of Psychology
>Hungary has an old and rich tradition in the various fields of psychology with world-wide known figures such as Sándor Ferenczi, who established the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis, Lipót Szondi, who developed the Instinct Theory and invented the famous Szondi-test, György Kardos, who is associated with Gestalt and Mihály Bálint with modern Psychotherapy.

Maintaining this tradition, the Institute of Psychology of the Eötvös Loránd University seeks to provide a high standard in teaching and research work as well. The educational program of the Institute was accredited by the Ministry of Education in 2002 (No.: 5102-2/2002). The Institute is one of the largest departments with currently over 700 Hungarian students majoring in psychology and 35 faculty members. The Institute of Psychology is divided into 4 individual departments: Department of Experimental Psychology, Department of Personality and Health Psychology, Department of Social and Educational Psychology, Centre of Psychology Counselling.

There are two independent programs offering the following degrees:

  1. BA in Psychology
  2. MA in Psychology

The aim of the education offered at the Institute of Psychology of Eötvös Loránd University is to provide students with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the developments in Psychology, and at the same time, to prepare them for working as psychologists in various practical fields.



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University of Pecs

Faculty of Psychology

The University of Pécs is not only the oldest of all Hungarian universities, but also one of the largest, with 9 faculties and two institutes. At present the number of students is around 30,000.  The faculties are subdivided into departments, which are in daily contact with the students and are responsible for the academic programmes.

Today the number of international agreements is over 50, setting the framework for co-operation with various universities not only in Europe, but in all parts of the world.  Thanks to the Tempus programme, more and more university departments are engaged in international projects.

The  Department of Psychology coordinates the different doctoral programmes and guides the Social Psychology programme entitled Communicative Organization of Social Knowledge and Identity. Modern social psychology research is focused on important new directions, such as the social representations theory, narrative psychology and discourse analysis, which, while keeping the empirical approach of traditional experimental social psychology, try to connect individual-level social psychological processes to structural and content characteristics of social communication. A great impetus to the evolution of these enterprises has been the new generation of computers that allow for relatively rapid analysis of large text bases. Both at the PTE Psychology Department and in Research Units participating in the PTE - HAS Psychology Institute joint Social Psychology Department, there is important, internationally acknowledged research work being performed in the fields of sociobiology and social psychology of social representations, in the broad sense. This research activity covers the narrative organization of identity in autobiographical stories, the study of the representation of social objects, such as corruption or human rights in different social groups, the study of history as social representation, the research of naive societal theories, etc. The programme is built on this research and results of the related international research. The background conditions for the implementation of the program (books, journals, computer infrastructure) are available. The qualitative data analyzing computer programs are continually adapted and expanded in volume.


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Université de Bretagne Occidentale

Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale

The University of Western Bretagne provides an excellent level of university instruction in its Faculties (UFR) of Science and Technology, Medicine, Dentistry, Letters and Social Sciences, Economics and Law, and Sports and Physical Activity.  Parallel with these classic fields of study, it also offers professional training, a product of the Breton region's economic activity (DUT, MST, IUP, DESS and DE). Today, nearly 18,000 students are at work in 15 centres located in three geographic areas (Brest, Quimper, Morlaix).

The University has 840 teacher-researchers and about 50 research teams.

International research is conducted via exchange of written documents, meetings, laboratory visits, and seminars.  Research is conducted in all scientific disciplines and often leads to entering formal agreements or conventions.

Research is also often conducted outside of specific agreements via large international programmes such as integrated scientific and technical cooperation actions.  Examples are: PROCOPE (Germany), TOURNESOL (Belgium), PICASSO (Spain), PLATON (Greece), ALLIANCE/CONCORDE (United Kingdom), GALILEE (Italy), BALATON (Hungary).   There are also bi-lateral programmes (research grants) offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the framework of integrated actions (the LAVOISIER programme).

Within the framework of the  "géolittomer" laboratory, geographers have in recent years developed cooperative programs with Latin America including the Universities of La Plata and Mar del Plata in Argentina, Santiago, Chile, San Paolo, Brazil and the University of Nayarit in Mexico.  This cooperation is progressively being extended to jurists, economists and linguists.


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Université «Lumière» Lyon 2

Faculty of Psychology

The 19th century saw the successive creation of the Faculty of Science (1835), Faculty of Arts (1838), Faculty of Medicine (1874) and the Faculty of Law (1875). In 1896, they came to be known collectively as the University of Lyon.

The Université Lyon 2 and the other two universities now in Lyon are the joint heirs of the former University of Lyon. Like all French universities, Lyon 2 is the result of the so-called Edgar Faure Law, passed in 1968. The former university was a collection of faculties from all the academies in France (science, medicine, law and arts) and, with the new law, ceased to exist. In accordance with the provisions of the law, the term University came to mean a legally autonomous establishment, and a State-funded establishment of a scientific, cultural and professional nature (EPSCP).

The State-funded establishment known as the Université Lyon 2 grouped together all the human, social, legal and economic science disciplines. A split occurred in July 1973 and, after the ministerial decree of 26 July 1973, two new universities were created : Lyon 2 and Lyon 3. In 1987, Lyon 2 adopted the name Université Lumière Lyon 2.

During the 1970s, demographic projections and the fashion for out-of-town campuses led to the University developing premises in Bron and Saint-Priest.

For the 2002-2003 academic year, there were more than 26,000 students studying for 262 national and university diplomas. Today, the Université Lyon 2 functions on two main sites :

  • Berges du Rhône, the historic site in the centre of Lyon, on the left banks of the Rhone. This is the heart of the University ;
  • Porte des Alpes, south-east of the city, in the towns of Bron and Saint-Priest. This campus, in addition to its teaching and research facilities, and the Lumière IUT (university institute of technology), is also home to a wide variety of sporting and cultural activities.

The Faculties and Institutes are divided between the two campuses, with several present on both sites. Although the Institut des Sciences de l'Homme (human sciences institute) and the Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée (institute of the Orient and the Mediterranean) are on the Berges du Rhône campus, there are also a number of research teams present on the Porte des Alpes campus, notably in the following fields : sociology, psychology, cognitive science, language science and legal.

In the RESEARCH sector, the Université Lumière Lyon 2 now has 41 contractual research teams, including 19 University-CNRS research laboratories and 5 doctoral schools. In the next two years, the University will help set up emerging actions with the aim of encouraging a renaissance in research by providing support for groups of researchers with a well-defined scientific project.

The Institut des Sciences de l'Homme (human sciences institute) and the Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée (institute of the Orient and the Mediterranean), which are part of the national Maisons des Sciences de l'Homme (human sciences institutes) network, are two federating poles for research.

One of the University's priorities is developing scientific collaboration and partnerships for training in research with the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lettres et Sciences Humaines (arts and human sciences "Grande Ecole"), installed in Lyon since September 2000. Another key priority is anchoring Lyon in the European science area.

The Université Lyon 2 is also continuing to strengthen INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COOPERATION, a field in which it is already well-represented, with 53 bilateral agreements in progress for training courses, numerous research contracts and a strong presence in local, national and international cooperation networks.

Specific actions


  • Minerve: Through the Minerve operation, students at the Université Lumière Lyon 2 can take courses (in economics, law, didactics and more) taught by teachers from the Universities of Frankfurt and Leipzig in German and teachers from the University of Barcelona in Catalan and Spanish. These courses are validated by a specific diploma (university diploma in German law or Spanish law), or can be integrated into the student's general study programme. The operation is reciprocal and teachers from Lyon go to Frankfurt and Barcelona to give courses in French. Minerve is currently developing an extension of the operation to British partners.
  • Double diplomas:
    Students from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 who opt for a double diploma obtain their diploma from both the Université Lumière Lyon 2 and the partner university. Double diplomas are currently available in four areas of study : economic science with the University of Leipzig - communication with the University of Weimar - German with the University of Leipzig - language didactics with St Martin's University. The German double diplomas are financed by the Franco-German university.
  • Phnom-Penh:
    The Université Lumière Lyon 2 has received a mission from the French Foreign Office to provide the University of Phnom-Penh (Cambodia) with assistance in teaching law and economic sciences. A teacher from Lyon 2, in residence in Phnom-Penh, is responsible for coordinating this operation, which also involves the Bar and Magistracy of Lyon.
  • The Camoes Institute:
    The Camoes Institute was the first centre for Portuguese language and culture inaugurated in France. It can be found on the Porte des Alpes campus. The centre promotes Portuguese culture, provides teaching materials for students and teachers, organises events and is proof of the dynamism of the Portuguese presence in Lyon.


  • The CIERA: Since January 2002, the Université Lumière Lyon 2, the ENS and the Grenoble IEP have formed the Rhone-Alps pole of the CIERA, located in Lyon. This postgraduate research and teaching centre on contemporary Germany was founded by the Franco-German governmental institution. It is a bipolar centre, with its other premises located in Paris (EHESS). The CIERA brings together researchers and student-researchers, offering them courses, conferences, documentation and more.
  • Joint-directorships of doctoral theses:
    The joint-directorship system for doctoral theses allows doctoral students at Lyon 2, with the same thesis, to obtain two doctorate titles, one from Lyon 2 and the other from a partner university with which an agreement has been signed. Joint-directorships are currently available with universities in Germany, Brazil, the United States, Hungary, Lebanon, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland, Tunisia and more.


The Université Lumière Lyon 2 participates in the European programmes SOCRATES, TEMPUS, ALFA…, in the national programmes CREPUQ, CAPES-COFECUB, Santos-Dumont…, and in the regional programmes BRFE, MIRA, ATU….


Partner Organisation


Université de Picardie Jules Verne

Faculté de Philosophie et Sciences Humaines et Sociales

Half way between Paris and Lille (less than an hour by train in either direction), two hours from Brussels, three from  Maastricht, four from Amsterdam and five hours from London, the University of  Picardie is in the heart of Europe. 

A young university (less than 35 years), multidisciplinary (12 faculties, 6 institutes, 30  research teams) and a size on a  human scale (19,984 students), the University of Picardie confers more than 300 national degrees, many of which are practical degrees that correspond to the needs of the students and businesses, public administration and other institutions.  Concerning research and development, UPJV is expanding its efforts to insure its scientific policy can depend on a group of indispensable indicators for relevant and real-time supervision of research and development activities and doctoral education. An evaluation programme for research in its various aspects is equally essential as it is a guarantee of quality.  The University counts on the creativity of all its personnel to fully develop each persons abilities.   T used by the University to describe its scientific policy are:  evaluation, originality and openness.

The four year contract (2000-2003) on research includes:

8 research themes:

  • Theme 1 : Writing : form and memory
  • Theme 2 : Creation and transmission of knowledge
  • Theme 3 : Work : organizational, structural and juridical transformations
  • Theme 4 : Territorial Dynamics: social and political links, norms, developments
  • Theme 5 : Health: dimensions  biological, clinical, psychological and social dimensions
  • Theme 6 : Glycochemistry and Bio-molecular engineering: composition and applications,  from the cellular factory to vegetal production
  • Theme 7 : Functional materials and nanomaterials
  • Theme 8 : Mathematical structures and models, theory of information,  analysis and industrial systems

30 research teams:

  • 15 teams in sciences and health
  • 15 teams in human and social sciences
  • 4 mixed research units associated with CNRS
  • 1 research training in evolution
  • 23 reception teams
  • 2 youth teams

International Partnership Agreements:

  • INTEGRATED ACTION PROGRAMMES: for cooperation with
  • Great Britain, Alliance
  • Austria, Amadeus
  • Norway, Aurora
  • Hungary, Balaton
  • Czech Republic, Barrande
  • Italy, Galilée
  • Spain, Picasso
  • Switzerland, Germaine de Staël
  • Latvia, Osmose
  • Greece, Platon
  • Poland, Polonium
  • Germany, Procope
  • Hong Kong, Procore
  • Slovenia, Proteus
  • Belgium (Flemish speaking community/French speaking community), Tournesol
  • Ireland, Ulysse
  • Netherlands, Van Gogh


Partner Organisation


Université de Rennes 2

Faculté de Psychologie

The University of Rennes 2 is a multidisciplinary university that has 17 constituent parts (training and research units, institutes, schools) divided between three campuses in Rennes: 

  • Rennes Beaulieu to the east of the city 
  • Rennes Centre with several facilities
  • Rennes Villejean to the northwest of the city

It has 164 hectares,  34 of which are buildings and  40 km of private roads.  

The University also has several facilities outside the city in various locations throughout Bretagne:

  • teaching and research at  Lannion, Saint - Brieuc, Saint - Malo,  Fougères et Dinard experimentation at l'île de Bailleron,  Monterfil, and Paimpont
  • a museum at  Penmarch

Today, the University is a rich resource of complementary actors who work with :

  • 22 152 first level students,
  • nearly 2800 continuing education students,
  • 1619 teacher-researchers and researchers,
  • 940 engineers, administrators, technicians, workers, service personnel  and healthcare workers (IATOSS).

In 2001, the University's financial accounts were raised to  77 million Euros.

Its budget allows it to guarantee its three essential missions:

  • organise a large and coherent body of quality training programs to prepare students in the best possible way for professional life,
  • develop superior quality research projects that will nourish training activities and contribute to the progress of Science,
  • guarantee positive interaction with the economic and social world, especially in Bretagne, but also at the  national, European and  international level.


European Union Programmes

  • Socrates / Erasmus Programme
  • Research and Technical Development Framework Programme(5th PCRD)
  • Leonardo Programme


  • Other European Union Programmes

  • European Bi-lateral accords for cooperation
  • Multilateral Accords or exchange networks outside Europe:

    - CREPUQ (Québec)

    - ISEP  (United States)


Partner Organisation


Università degli studi di Bologna

Facolta di Psicologia >

The University of Bologna is one of Europe's oldest universities.  Universities are crossroads for knowledge coming from all nations of the world. The University of Bologna is one of the most prestigious sites for cultural meetings in Italy.  As such, it has signed agreements with institutions, governments and universities around the world. This permits students and graduates to attend courses of study, take exams and participate in "stages" in commercial institutions or in research programmes at the most renowned European and non-European universities.  Because of this, over the course of the years the following European programmes were implemented: Alban, Alfa, Asia-Link, Jean Monnet Action, e-Learning, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus III, EU/Australia, EU/Canada, EU/Japan, and EU/USA.

University and research: a combination that cannot be ignored and in which the University of Bologna invests a large part of its human resources, both professors and students.  Being a driving force for research activities is one of the strategies employed by the University to be competitive and remain in the forefront.

Specifically concerning the area of Social Psychology, there are research programs about the relationship between social representations, behaviour, opinion and developmental mental disorders, with particular emphasis given to evaluating developmental change, family rituals and maternal representations in drug addiction.


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Università degli studi di Napoli «Federico II»

Dipartimento di scienze relazionali “Gustavo Iacono”

The “Gustavo Iacono” Department of Relational Sciences was founded in 1983 by Professor Gustavo Iacono but its roots are much older. It was born of an experiment that permitted dialog between psychologists, psychoanalysts, pedagogues, philosophers, and psychiatrists with a perhaps utopian goal of creating bridges between different disciplines areas of knowledge to advance research and scientific communication.  With that goal in mind it was directed by  Prof. Elisa Frauenfelder Zeuli, full professor in Pedagogy (1990-1996) and  Prof. Adele Nunziante Cesàro, full professor in Dynamic Psychology (1996-2002). The Department of Relational Sciences is currently chaired by Prof. Giovanna Petrillo, full professor in Social Psychology. Attached to it are professors and researchers from the Faculties of Philosophy and Letters and Sociology. It is divided into two sections: Pedagogy and Psychology. The areas covered by the Department's activities are related to the following scientific/disciplinary sectors: General Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Social Psychology; Dynamic Psychology; Clinical Psychology; General and Social Pedagogy; Psychiatry; Moral Philosophy; Biology.   Because of the extent and complexity of its fixed objectives, the Department is engaged in a wide range of activities that run from research to training and clinical work in the region.



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University of Stirling

Psychology Department

Academic researchers at Stirling conduct high quality research, ranging from strategic to applied, making a vital contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of Scotland and beyond.

The University has a developing track record in externally funded research, attracting grants and awards from bodies such as the Research Councils, central and local government, the European Union, and charitable sources. The number of research grants awarded in 2001-02 showed an increase of 14% on the previous year's figure (and a 34% rise in monetary value). The University's targets of achieving a research income in excess of £10M by 2005, and growing as one of the leading research-led universities in the country, are well within its sights.

In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, Stirling witnessed a dramatic upturn in its research performance, with more than half of the University’s research-active academics now working in subjects in the highly rated category of 5 (which indicates that the majority of the research in these areas is deemed to attain levels of at least national excellence, with a high proportion meeting international standards of excellence). The 5-rated subjects include: Accountancy, Finance and Law, Aquaculture, Film and Media Studies, English Studies, French, History, Psychology, Philosophy, Social Work.

The Research & Areas of Expertise of Psychology Department are: Perception and Cognition (Specialising in: the perception of natural images such as face perception, application of findings to real-world problems such as perception in novel environments, cognitive mechanisms of visual perception); Neuroscience (Specialising in: cognitive and computational neuroscience, neuropsychology, neuroimaging); Clinical Psychology and Mental Health (Specialising in anxiety and stress and community psychology); Comparative and Developmental Psychology (Specialising in: Primatology and cognitive development, social representation and communication).

In particular two main areas of interest are particularly interesting for the cooperation with the SoReCom Thematic Network: one is the study of social representations of various social phenomena, for example of identity, responsibility, etc.; the other area is the joint construction of referent of power relationship and of other kinds of asymmetries in dialogue.