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LINGUIST List 18.1559

Tue May 22 2007

Calls: Anthropological Ling, Discourse Analysis,Pragmatics/Germany

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        1.    Jan Patrick Heiss, International Workshop: Speech and Body in Interaction


Message 1: International Workshop: Speech and Body in Interaction
Date: 22-May-2007
From: Jan Patrick Heiss <janp.heissgmx.de>
Subject: International Workshop: Speech and Body in Interaction


Full Title: International Workshop: Speech and Body in Interaction

Date: 12-Oct-2007 - 13-Oct-2007
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Christian Meyer
Meeting Email: chmeyeruni-mainz.de

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis;
Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2007

Meeting Description

Speech and Body in Interaction: Ethnographic Case Studies
International Workshop, Institut für Ethnologie, Freie Universität Berlin,
October 12-13, 2007

Call for Papers

Speech and Body in Interaction: Ethnographic Case Studies
International Workshop, Institut für Ethnologie, Freie Universität Berlin,
October 12-13, 2007

Social action and communication are the loci where society is created and
enacted. Within the last years more and more anthropologists have become aware
of the importance of studying social interaction for understanding social and
cultural processes. Rather than addressing social interaction and communication
in a Geertzian sense as ''cultural texts'', students of social interaction
highlighted the ''materiality of communication''. In their detailed studies,
social interaction emerges as an intricate, context dependent and orchestrated
interplay between dialogical selves deploying all kinds of semiotic resources
like speech, prosody, gesture, facial expression, gaze, posture, and body
movements. The basis of comparative data for all these phenomena is scarce and,
at the same time, the theoretical interests of researchers working in this field
are extremely diverse including such questions as:

- How are particular forms of these semiotic resources categorized, evaluated
and used (or proscribed) by social actors in specific settings?
- How are the access to and the use of these means intertwined with power relations?
- How, then, is social structure reflected in the interactional use of semiotic
resources?
- On the other hand, how is social structure also modified or, at times, even
created by these means?
- Can universal forms and patterns in the isolated or orchestrated use of these
resources be discerned?
- How can cultural variations be possibly explained?
- How can the use of these semiotic resources be properly recorded and the data
be efficiently analysed?

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers who study social
interaction in Non-European settings. We invite them to present their data in
order to create a broader data basis for all these questions.

30-35 min each paper
Deadline for abstracts: July 31, 2007

Further information:
Dr. Jan Patrick Heiss
Institut für Ethnologie
Freie Universität Berlin
Germany
janp.heissgmx.de

Dr. Christian Meyer
Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien
Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
Germany
chmeyeruni-mainz.de


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