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Wed Jun 22 2011

FYI: Book Call: Multitasking/Objects & Interaction

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        1.     Mirka Rauniomaa , Book Call: Multitasking/Objects & Interaction

Message 1: Book Call: Multitasking/Objects & Interaction
Date: 22-Jun-2011
From: Mirka Rauniomaa <mirka.rauniomaaoulu.fi>
Subject: Book Call: Multitasking/Objects & Interaction
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Calls for Papers for Two Edited Books

We invite submissions of abstracts for two edited books collecting research
studies using naturally occurring recorded data, and drawing on insights
and approaches of conversation analysis, ethnomethodology, and multimodal
interaction analysis.

1. Multitasking and interaction
2. Objects and interaction

Edited book on ''Multitasking and interaction''

Pentti Haddington, University of Helsinki
Tiina Keisanen, University of Oulu
Lorenza Mondada, University of Lyon 2, ICAR Lab (CNRS)
Maurice Nevile, University of Oulu

Edited book on ''Objects and interaction''

Maurice Nevile, University of Oulu
Pentti Haddington, University of Helsinki
Trine Heinemann, University of Southern Denmark
Mirka Rauniomaa, University of Oulu

1. Multitasking and interaction:

We seek contributions for an edited book of studies concerning multitasking
in everyday, institutional and workplace interactions. In multitasking
situations participants interact when simultaneously involved in one or
more other activity. The volume will feature an introduction and a
collection of original studies. Apart from researchers within conversation
analysis, ethnomethodology, and multimodal interaction analysis, the book
will appeal to a wider audience with readers in the fields of pragmatics,
gesture studies, workplace studies, communication, sociology and psychology.

Multitasking has been studied extensively in psychology, cognitive sciences
and communication research. In these fields multitasking is usually
considered as an individual’s concern, generating cognitive overload and
degrading performance, and thus impeding efficiency and posing a potential
threat to safety.

What is less well understood, however, and what an interactionally grounded
perspective adopted in the volume can offer, is how multitasking situations
are organised, managed, and accomplished in social interaction. This volume
treats multitasking as an interactional phenomenon. Interaction researchers
have described situations of multiple concurrent activities as
‘multiactivity’ (e.g. Mondada (2006) on multiactivity as timed coordination
of various simultaneous activities; and cf. Goffman (1963) on multiple
involvements, or Schegloff (1998) on multiple courses of action). Studies
can show, for example: how the demands and features of involvement in
multiple activities are coordinated, simultaneously or sequentially; how
some courses of action are postponed in favour of others, or are resumed
later, for example when one action is prioritised over a secondary action;
how activities can be smoothly managed and achieved with others, versus
excluding other relevant and possible concurrent activities; how
participants shift from one activity to another; how participants draw on
linguistic and embodied practices to coordinate multitasking, and to
display and understand commitment to several activities; how space and time
feature in multitasking, and so on.

The volume aims to understand better how multitasking is interactionally
and praxeologically organised, and to contribute to conceptualise
‘multitasking’ from an emic perspective: what does it mean interactionally
and socially when participants engage in multiple activities? Do
participants treat multitasking / multiactivity in terms of simultaneity or
sequentiality, or perhaps (and likely) both? How are multitasking /
multiactivity situations ordered and accomplished, recognisably and
meaningfully, in and through co-participants’ concerted action? More
generally, the studies in the volume also contribute to key interests of
conversation analysis, such as sequence, repair, action, adjacency,
participation, multimodality, temporality, materiality, space, and embodiment.

2. Objects and interaction:

We seek contributions for an edited book of studies concerning objects and
interaction. The volume will feature an introduction and a collection of
original studies. Apart from researchers within conversation analysis,
ethnomethodology, and multimodal interaction analysis, the book will appeal
to a wider audience with readers in the fields of pragmatics, gesture
studies, workplace studies, design, communication, sociology and psychology.

While many previous studies have included analyses of how objects feature
in interaction, relatively few studies have treated objects as their
specific focus. This collection will bring such studies together to develop
our understanding of how objects contribute to or are constituted through
social action in both everyday and work/institutional settings. In this
view, we do not see 'objects' as necessarily restricted to what people
might touch and pick up and handle (e.g. 'use'), but could include items
within the immediate or even wider environment, what people point or refer
to, for example as something that can be identified and isolated. Indeed,
just what counts as an 'object' can be an interesting and demanding
challenge for participants and analysts alike.

The studies will therefore consider objects as situated, embodied, and tied
to the material and spatial circumstances of interaction. Objects might be
handled, placed, assembled, talked about, pointed to etc., in ways which
reveal something of how participants meaningfully construct and understand
both their practical activities and also objects themselves. For example,
how do objects and their involvement in interaction contribute to emerging
courses of action, how are objects perceived, treated and constituted as
this or that object, or for accomplishing this or that activity, or from
this or that material, within surrounding space, relative to these
participants and their goals, here and now?

One important rationale behind the volume is that studies of objects and
interaction can in new and important ways tie closely and powerfully to
both key established and emerging areas of research, such as turn and
sequential analysis, repair, openings and closings, gesture and embodied
conduct, temporality, persons and participation, formulations, action, and
so on.

Schedule for both books:

We ask interested researchers for either volume to submit abstract
proposals of around 750 words. Proposals should outline the methodology
used, the nature and extent of data, and preliminary explanations of
interests, phenomena, analytic directions, and possible value and
implications. We anticipate the following schedule:

- Deadline for abstract proposals (750 words): September 15, 2011.
- Editors’ decision for acceptance: October 15, 2011
- Full proposal to publisher (with abstracts): November, 2011
- Deadline for invited first drafts for peer review: May 2012
- Final manuscripts due: November/December 2012

Please send abstract proposals, and make any enquiries, to the first listed
editor of the relevant volume:

Multitasking and interaction:

Pentti Haddington (pentti.haddington[at]helsinki.fi)
Tiina Keisanen (tiina.keisanen[at]oulu.fi)
Lorenza Mondada (Lorenza.Mondada[at]univ-lyon2.fr)
Maurice Nevile (maurice.nevile[at]gmail.com)

Objects and interaction:

Maurice Nevile (maurice.nevile[at]gmail.com)
Pentti Haddington (pentti.haddington[at]helsinki.fi)
Trine Heinemann (trine[at]sitkom.sdu.dk)
Mirka Rauniomaa (mirka.rauniomaa[at]oulu.fi)

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics

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