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Fri Aug 04 2006

FYI: Call for Papers: 10th IPrA Conference

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Message 1: Call for Papers: 10th IPrA Conference
Date: 03-Aug-2006
From: M. Agnes Kang <>
Subject: Call for Papers: 10th IPrA Conference

10th International Pragmatics ConferenceJuly 9-14, 2007Göteborg, Sweden

Special theme: Language data, corpora, and computational pragmatics

Chaired by: Olga Zayts & M. Agnes Kang (University of Hong Kong)Discussant: Paul Drew (York)

Panel Theme:

Meeting medical and patient concerns in prenatal consultations: evidencefrom multicultural contexts

We would like to propose a panel on the above theme for the nextInternational Pragmatics Conference in Göteborg, Sweden, and we would beinterested in hearing from researchers working on the topic of prenatalconsultations who may wish to participate in the panel. We are especiallyinterested in bringing together researchers working in various countriesand cultural contexts who use a qualitative data-based approach to prenatalconsultation data.

The field of research in medical interaction and communication has grownsignificantly in the past several decades. One trend that has beenparticularly influential in increasing awareness of the need for bettercommunication in the medical field has been the focus on patient-centeredhealth care. Mishler’s (1984) now classic study of the tensions between the‘voice of medicine’ and the ‘voice of the lifeworld’ has laid thegroundwork for recognizing that health care providers and patients are notalways working in cooperation when attending to health care issues. Thisfinding has served as an important insight into primary and secondary careconsultations.

Prenatal consultations differ from primary and other secondary careconsultations in significant ways. For example, these do not generallyinvolve a patient complaint regarding pain or injury, and patients are allfemale and fall within a certain age range. It is hoped that by bringingresearchers together working on prenatal consultations, we may be able toaddress various issues, including but limited to:

-How can prenatal consultations be characterized with respect to otherhealth care encounters?-What are the medical concerns and patient concerns that may be particularto the prenatal context, and how are these evidenced in interaction?-What linguistic and interactional features may contribute to apatient-centered approach to prenatal consultations?-How do prenatal consultations compare across geographic and culturalcontexts and how do they differ?

We look forward to meeting other researchers working in this area, and hopeto collaborate with authors to publish the papers from the panel after theconference.

The organizers of this panel have been working on videotaped data ofprenatal consultations in Hong Kong; specifically, consultations with oldermothers at higher risk for Down Syndrome. We have been struck by thevarious means by which both medical concerns and patient concerns areaddressed in the consultations and wish to explore the linguistic andinteractional means by which these concerns are addressed.

We would like to invite those interested in participating to send a350-word abstract describing their data, approach, and research focus by 25th August 2006. Pleaseinclude: title of paper, author name and affiliation, and contact details.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics