LINGUIST List 31.2905

Fri Sep 25 2020

Calls: Pragmatics/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 21-Sep-2020
From: Johanna Jud <>
Subject: When co-presence arouses suspicion: Studies on interaction in times of pandemia
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Full Title: When co-presence arouses suspicion: Studies on interaction in times of pandemia

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

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

A few months ago, the Covid-19 virus has swept the world and since then held us tightly in its grip. Several — if not all — areas of our lives have undergone severe modifications. Social interaction at large has become a risky undertaking requesting precautionary measures that concern many aspects of our habitual behaviour. Take, for instance, physical distancing, mandatory mask-wearing and the emerging omnipresence of plexiglass windows between participants all over different social settings in private and public spaces. As a result, interactional spaces have undergone a far-reaching re-configuration. At the same time, face-to-face interaction episodes have been increasingly substituted by meetings and gatherings among no longer co-present participants. All in all, physical co-presence has appeared to arouse suspicion. The participants' awareness of other co-present bodies has been refined in the blink of an eye, and careful navigation in terms of co-orientation and co-ordination has become a sensible requirement.

The Covid-19 pandemic accordingly poses a strong challenge for social interaction research in order to keep up with a still ongoing process of social change. The proposed panel is meant to encourage exchange and discussion on the evolution of social interaction throughout a pandemic. Researchers from different disciplines will be invited to share the newest findings of their studies concerning social and interactional change during a pandemic. Possible contributions include empirical case studies as well as theoretical reflections. There is reason to assume that a lot of empirical research and theoretical thinking has already been initiated within different research groups.

The panel explicitly welcomes contributions from conversation analysis and related strands of linguistic and sociological interaction research. We expect micro analyses of face-to-face interaction under corona terms as well as media research dealing with various aspects of the transition from co-presence to tele-presence as it is enabled, for instance, by videoconference tools. The overall motto of invited contributions is the re-configuration of interactional space(s) through pandemia caused protective measures. The goal of the panel is to consolidate complementary approaches to these current phenomena and to speed up research activities in a new and promising field of social interaction change.

Call for Papers:

We are pleased to invite talk proposals for the panel. Please submit your paper abstract through the conference website. Cf. for further instructions.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed as part of the official review process. Please note that you will have to become a member of the International Pragmatics Association to submit a paper abstract to the conference.

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