LINGUIST List 31.2542

Tue Aug 11 2020

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 11-Aug-2020
From: Mirka Rauniomaa <>
Subject: Practices of inclusion in workplace interaction
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Full Title: Practices of inclusion in workplace interaction

Date: 27-Jun-2021 - 02-Jul-2021
Location: Winterthur, Switzerland
Contact Person: Mirka Rauniomaa
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

Organizers: Mirka Rauniomaa, Mari Holmström & Marika Helisten (University of Oulu, Finland)

In line with the special theme of the conference, the panel sets out to identify and examine everyday interactional practices that promote – or possibly hinder – social and knowledge-based inclusion at the workplace. Practices of inclusion are understood to be closely tied with opportunities for participation in the activities of the work community as well as with orientation by community members to collegiality and social solidarity.

The panel seeks to investigate how practices of inclusion manifest themselves in the rich details of social interaction, especially as is evident through language and bodily conduct. They are examined as part of the situated, multimodal activities of work communities, including explicit as well as the more subtle, implicit instances of inclusion. Practices of inclusion at the workplace may be related to or take form as, for example, displays of affiliation and rapport, sharing of personal and work-related narratives, addressing shared knowledge about participants’ private lives, (re)distributing, negotiating and constructing work-related knowledge, and raising delicate or challenging issues for joint discussion.

Further, the panel seeks to explore whether, and to what extent, practices of inclusion are space- and time-bound, and how they might transform when opportunities for participation change in different ways. For example, various organizational changes within a work community, or even changes on a more global scale that transform ways of working (such as the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020), may also impact forms of inclusion. In more practical terms, members of a work community may have to deal with, for instance, challenges related to organizing their work tasks or maintaining their sense of community when most members work from home and only meet others online.

Finally, the panel invites discussion on possible practical applications and societal impact of the investigations: how both social and knowledge-based inclusion could best be cultivated and facilitated in work communities, and how the micro-level practices of inclusion – or perhaps the lack of such practices – may be connected to macro-level issues such as work-related well-being, job satisfaction and the overall organizational climate.

Call for Papers:

Contributions are invited that study practices of inclusion in workplace settings with a focus on social interaction and that are based on empirical data (e.g. video and audio recordings, ethnographic interviews, field observations). The examined settings may range from formal to informal and from face-to-face to technology-mediated ones. Investigations may also reveal situations in which practices of inclusion are shown to be relevant, but in which none are employed.

The panel is organized by members of a research project on break-taking at the workplace and is expected to include three presentations by the project members.

If you are interested in contributing to the panel, please follow the instructions at the IPrA website ( to submit an abstract of 250–500 words by 25 October 2020. For further information on the panel, please contact the organizers.

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