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        1.    Cornelia Gerhardt, Participation Framework Revisited: (new) Media and their audiences/users

Message 1: Participation Framework Revisited: (new) Media and their audiences/users
Date: 24-Sep-2010
From: Cornelia Gerhardt <c.gerhardtmx.uni-saarland.de>
Subject: Participation Framework Revisited: (new) Media and their audiences/users
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Full Title: Participation Framework Revisited: (new) Media and their
audiences/users

Date: 03-Jul-2011 - 08-Jul-2011
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Cornelia Gerhardt
Meeting Email: c.gerhardtmx.uni-saarland.de

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 04-Oct-2010

Meeting Description:

Participation framework revisited: (new) media and their audiences/users

A dyadic model of communication with a speaker and a hearer has long
been replaced by such concepts as production format and participation
framework with different roles which individuals may display in relation to a
given utterance. (Goffman 1981, Levinson 1988) Going beyond
interpersonal dyadic face-to-face talk-in-interaction, the application of these
notions, however, remains unsatisfactory. So, for instance, regarding classic
mass media, there are still ongoing discussions about the status of the
television audience as overhearers. Also, in studies on CMC (computer-
mediated communication) often a rather superficial notion of reader-authors
or wreaders is posited, albeit the genuine interactivity of the web 2.0 seems
to provide fruitful ground for an analysis in these terms.

Because of these ongoing debates and unexplored fields, we find it timely to
revisit the notion of participation framework and describe how different
reception roles are inscribed in different media or forms of communication,
or, in other words, how different production formats position their users or
audiences. Since later developments do not only differ from their foregoers,
but must also be seen in continuity with them, we decided not to limit our
scope to recent formats. Instead, the talks will range from accounts of
classic mass media like the television to web 2.0 trends. Furthermore, as a
common underlying question of all talks, the panel will also revisit the
theoretical status of Goffman's notions. In how far is the dichotomy with
production formats on the one hand and reception frameworks on the other
challenged in mediated contexts? Also, how do the notions of addressivity
and ratification emerge in the light of mediated forms of communication?

In order to address these theoretical issues, however, some of the following
questions will have to be answered empirically through minute descriptions
of different media settings or forms of communication. Hence, research
questions that will be addressed include: How does a given technological,
multimodal media environment constrain or fuel certain kinds of
participation? How can we account for the production/reception roles in
classic mass media as well as all kinds of internet-based forms of
communication, such as weblogs, social networks sites, discussion fora,
etc.? How are split audiences aligned to? How do audiences/users exploit
the different potentials of bi- and unidirectionality? Can these technological
environments be conceived as authors in this framework? Also, which
linguistic means are used for these different purposes?

Call For Papers

We welcome submissions to the our panel on 'Participation framework
revisited: (new) media and their audiences/users' at the next IPrA
conference in Manchester. If you are interested, please send a short note to
c.gerhardtmx.uni-saarland.de asap. Abstracts for internal reviewing will
be due Oct. 4th.

Thank you,
Cornelia Gerhardt
Maximiliane Frobenius
Volker Eisenlauer
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