LINGUIST List 31.3306

Thu Oct 29 2020

Disc: Online Panel Discussion: Video Conferencing – Perspectives from Linguistics, Sociology and Information Technology

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Date: 26-Oct-2020
From: Marlena Jakobs <marlena.jakobsfu-berlin.de>
Subject: Online Panel Discussion: Video Conferencing – Perspectives from Linguistics, Sociology and Information Technology
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Communication is more than just conveying contents. In our everyday conversations, we follow certain norms and manners without necessarily being completely aware of doing so. During the last few months, many of us experienced first hand how our system of verbal communication rules seems to work primarily (most efficiently) for direct face-to-face-communication. Using subtle body language, eye-contact, or minimal changes of the speech rate, we signal who is supposed to speak and when, for example. However, when video becomes the medium through which people communicate, conversations frequently get disturbed and misunderstandings arise.
In our online panel discussion we want to take a closer look at communication via video. Together with our guests Heiko Hausendorf (linguistics, Universität Zürich), Paula-Irene Villa Braslavsky (sociology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), and Claudia Müller-Birn (computer science, Freie Universität Berlin) we want to reflect on what exactly happens when we (only) communicate via video, in pairs as well as in groups. What difficulties arise? How can these possibly be overcome through changing communication behaviour or perhaps using other technical aids? But also: what opportunities does increasing video communication offer for each individual, but also for society as a whole? What does all that mean for our concept of sociality? How will we shape our human interaction in the future? The discussion will be held in German.

Panelists: 
Heiko Hausendorf (Universität Zürich), Claudia Müller-Birn (Freie Universität Berlin) und Paula-Irene Villa Braslavsky (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) 

Moderators: 
Matthias Hüning & Horst Simon (Freie Universität Berlin)

For further information
www.fu-berlin.de/dhc/ling-nov

An event by Interdisziplinäres Zentrum Europäische Sprachen in cooperation with the Dahlem Humanities Center (Freie Universität Berlin) and the Berlin Science Week






Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics





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