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Wed Nov 18 2015

Calls: Anthropological Linguistics/France

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Date: 15-Nov-2015
From: Arnaud Richard <>
Subject: The Language-Being, Between Body and Technique: New Data, New Deal?
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Full Title: The Language-Being, Between Body and Technique: New Data, New Deal?
Short Title: RIAL 2016

Date: 23-Mar-2016 - 25-Mar-2016
Location: Montpellier, France
Contact Person: Arnaud Richard
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2015

Meeting Description:

« Human 2.0 », « hybrided » or « augmented », « post/transhumanism », « robotic artifacts » of the behavior of communicating and active man, abundance of touch-screen interfaces: many are today the humanoid « avatars » and other imitations of human presence. So many identity and self-image issues, with, at both ends, either a promotion or an alteration of bodies. So many questions are involving also the relations between the body’s discourses with the subjects of language.

This symposium aims to establish a dialogue between social sciences, neurosciences and engineering sciences. This dialog is anchored within the context of a certain societal urgency: in fragmenting our approaches to the body, do we not also weaken the unity of man and of his conceptions? In following with previous events linked to similar themes (Researcher in situ, Immersion through body, Norms and deviancies, Montpellier, 2014; Interacting bodies, Lyon, 2005), this international meeting proposes to broach the relation between body, language and technique, within the framework of an unprecedented interdisciplinary dialogue.

In this perspective, and because it takes an interest in language related events in their link to social action, including technical knowledge (Duranti, 2002; Fornel, 1994; Goodwin, 2000), in its diversity (Bornand & Leguy, 2013; Lafont, 2004; Londei & Santone, 2013), linguistic anthropology takes a central position, postulating a continuity of communicating bodies, perceiving, feeling, thinking, interacting with both natural and artificial environments, in an analytic perspective aiming to avoid the atomizing of study subjects and their contextual uprooting. Through its interdisciplinary nature, this perspective is able to open a dialogue between the different approaches. In this way, the studies in this field, which are always anchored in an ethnographic context, interrogate the expressions of rationality and praxis (Goody, 1996/1999), in particular in investigations of affects and developmental difficulties (Ochs, 1989; Ochs & Solomon, 2010), of intentionality (Duranti, 2015) and of mediated interactions (Jones and Schieffelin, 2009; Verdier, 2014). Most surely, the models developed in action neurosciences, as well as the works in engineering and robotics would benefit in being discussed through the outlook of these contextualist approaches (Kockelman, 2013).

Call for Papers:


Submissions: Before December 15, 2015
Notice of acceptance: January 11, 2016
Symposium dates: March 23-25, 2016
A choice of articles and contributions will be later published in various themed collections.



Send propositions for a double-blinded review in French or English (350 – 400 words, references not included) as follows:
- State the chosen theme(s) (Arial 12, justified left)
- Title of the proposition (Arial 12, justified left)
- Author(s) last name, first name, function(s), laboratory(ies), email address (Arial 10, justified left)
- 400 word abstract with 5 key-words (Times 12, justified)
- Saved in .doc ou .docx format

Upload submissions and additional information:


- Spoken presentations (20 minutes and 10 minutes discussion) in French or English; presentation supports (exemplars, Powerpoint) in the other language are encouraged.
- Propositions for the panel are also expected, in relation with various selected themes.


- Open online via: from November 10, 2015 and up to February 22, 2016
- Inscription fees (including participation to the communications, conferences and round-tables, lunches, coffee breaks and cultural events throughout the three days). An extra will be requested for the gala dinner.

Scientific Committee:

Antoine Auchlin, Univ. de Genève
Bernard Andrieu, U. Paris Descartes
Heike Baldauf- Quilliatre, Univ. Lyon 2
Sandra Bornand, INALCO & Univ. de Lausanne, Suisse
Mathias Broth, Univ. de Linköping, Suède
Julie Denouel, Praxiling, UMR 5267 Cnrs & Univ. Montpellier 3
Alessandro Duranti, UCLA, USA •Michel de FORNEL, EHESS, Paris
Luca Greco, University Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle & EHESS, Paris
Geert Jacobs, Ghent University, Pays-Bas
Cécile Leguy, Univ. Paris III, France
Christian Licoppe, Institut Mines-Telecom ParisTech Paris, France
Danielle Londei, Dorif & Univ. degli studi di Bologna, Italie
Jean-Marie Prieur, Dipralang, Univ. Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3
Sylvain Rouanet, Institut franco-chinois, Univ. Renmin, Chine
Laura Santone, Dorif & Univ. degli studi di Roma Tre, Italie
Bernard Traimond, Univ. Bordeaux 2
Véronique Traverso, UMR Cnrs & Université de Lyon II
Bertrand Verine, Praxiling, UMR Cnrs & Univ. Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3

Students and doctors Teachers and researchers Gala dinner: 60 EUR, 110 EUR, 20 EUR
(Warning: fees increase from February 1, 2016)


The plenary presentations (by B. Andrieu, É. Chauvier, A. Duranti, E. Ochs, B. Traimond...), the workshops and roundtables on the issues brought by human-machine interactions, including the relation between body and language, will bring together the actors in engineering sciences and neurosciences with anthropologists, linguists, philosophers and psychologists. Works can be submitted depending on the different perspectives proposed as following:

- Emotional and cognitive incorporations
- Linguistic anthropology for human-machine interactions
- Anthropology for communicating bodies
- Discursive circulations on body and technology.

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