Copenhagen Multimodality Day (Denmark)

Copenhagen Multimodality Day
New adventures

Centre of Interaction Research and Communication Design
University of Copenhagen, 18 November, 2016
Proposal Deadline: 20 June, 2016

Multimodality Day is an annual research seminar held at the University of Copenhagen. The aim of the seminar is to bring together researchers who study interaction from a multimodal perspective. This year’s seminar invites proposals for paper presentations related to the general theme of New adventures within video ethnography, EM/CA, multimodality and interaction analysis. We intend for this theme to generate a broad range of presentations and discussions related to the further development of the multimodal paradigm as a comprehensive theory and method. The keynote speaker is Professor Lorenza Mondada, University of Basel and University of Helsinki.

We especially encourage paper presentations that deal with methodological issues and/or presents novel solutions to methodological issues and cross disciplinary issues. Such presentations could focus on (but are not restricted to) the following themes:
*What can or cannot be translated from the original CA-vocabulary to the material world and to embodied actions, e.g. embodied adjacency pairs, embodied repair, turn taking through material actions, etc. (e.g. Keevallik, 2014; Mondada, 2014; Ivarsson & Greiffenhagen, 2015).
*How to work with and establish understanding about subtle features like feelings and cognition, e.g. how to combine Distributed Cognition (DC) with EM/CA? (e.g. Hutchins, 2006; Enfield, 2013).
*How to develop a common transcription system for representation of embodied conduct (e.g. Mondada, 2007, 2012b; Laurier, 2014)?
*How to analyze the ways multimodal resources are assembled within a multiactivity, i.e. a sequential and simultaneous setting (e.g. Mondada, 2012a; Goodwin, 2013; Haddington, Keisanen, Mondada, & Nevile, 2014)?
*How to secure a relevant understanding of the relevant context and secure reliable and valid results when doing video ethnography (e.g. Luff & Heath, 2012)?
*How to demarcate the distinctive features for an EM/CA multimodal analysis compared to e.g. multimodality studies by Kress (2009) or Norris (2011)?

We welcome empirical papers, discussions and theoretical papers that take EM/CA, interaction analysis, video ethnography and multimodality studies as points of departure for new theoretical and methodological considerations. We encourage presentations based on studies from all types of empirical settings.

Abstract presentation from Lorenza Mondada Body and language in interaction: the challenges of multimodality

This talk discusses recent advances within the field of Conversation Analysis concerning the study of video materials. On the basis of actual data, it reflects on the challenges the analysis of social interaction is confronted to, when considering detailed temporal arrangements of a diversity of multimodal resources, including language, gesture, gaze, body postures and movements. Key conceptual principles of Conversation Analysis will be discussed in this respect, like temporality and sequentiality. Multimodal resources are assembled for the organization of actions in a way that relies both on successivity and simultaneity – and even several parallel, though coordinated, simultaneities. How sequentiality – as a fundamental principle for the organization of human interaction – operates in such conditions is interesting to look at in detail. Some complex activities (and even multiactivities) will be scrutinized in detail – including discussions of how to represent and transcribe them – in order to tackle these questions. Among them, walking together is an interesting case, because it mobilizes the entire body of walkers, it is literally organized step by step, it provides for the embodied accountability of projected bodily trajectories, and it offers an example of complex instances of bodily coordination, characterizing walking in silence as well as walking and talking.

Practical information
This one-day research seminar is being prepared and organized by the Centre for Interaction Research and Communication Design at the University of Copenhagen. We are aiming for about 30-40 participants during the day, which is planned as a single-track research seminar. The seminar is free of charge, but participants should email Brian Due for registration.

Research seminar programme
09:30-10:00 Coffee and welcome
10:00-12:00 Paper presentations
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 Keynote speech by Lorenza Mondada
14:00-15:00 Paper presentations
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-17:00 Paper presentations
17:00-17:30 Discussions
18:30- Dinner in downtown Copenhagen

Submission, abstracts and deadlines
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and should include the title of the paper, research topic, method, empirical data, theoretical approach, findings and references.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 20 June, 2016.

Notification of acceptance by 20 August, 2016

Please ensure that your abstract is anonymized by removing all features from the text and the document properties that may help to identify you as the author of the text. Presentations should be 30 minutes long (20 min presentation + 10 min discussion). The research seminar language is English. Abstracts should be emailed to Brian Due.

Travel and location maps
The seminar will take place at University of Copenhagen
Room 27.0.09
Njalsgade 120, 2300 Copenhagen S
Travel information

Organizing and scientific committee
The Centre for Interaction Research and Communication Design is organizing the research seminar and the scientific committee consists of Brian L. Due and a double-blind review process. Any comments or questions can be addressed to Brian Due at

Enfield, N. J. (2013). Relationship Thinking: Agency, Enchrony, and Human Sociality. OUP USA.
Goodwin, C. (2013). The co-operative, transformative organization of human action and knowledge. Journal of Pragmatics, 46(1), 8–23.
Haddington, P., Keisanen, T., Mondada, L., & Nevile, M. (2014). Multiactivity in Social Interaction: Beyond multitasking. Amsterdam ; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Hutchins, E. (2006). The distributed Cognition Perspective on Human Interaction. I N.J. Enfield, S.C.Levinson (eds.) Roots of human sociality: culture, cognition and interaction. Berg Press.
Ivarsson, J., & Greiffenhagen, C. (2015). The Organization of Turn-Taking in Pool Skate Sessions. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 48(4), 406–429.
Keevallik, L. (2014). Turn organization and bodily-vocal demonstrations. Journal of Pragmatics, 65, 103–120.
Kress, G. (2009). Multimodality: A Social Semiotic Approach to Contemporary Communication. London ; New York: Routledge.
Laurier, E. (2014). The Graphic Transcript: Poaching Comic Book Grammar for Inscribing the Visual, Spatial and Temporal Aspects of Action: The Graphic Transcript. Geography Compass, 8(4), 235–248.
Luff, P., & Heath, C. (2012). Some «technical challenges» of video analysis: social actions, objects, material realities and the problems of perspective. Qualitative Research, 12(3), 255–279.
Mondada, L. (2007). Commentary: Transcript Variations and the Indexicality of Transcribing Practices. Discourse Studies, 9(6), 809–821.
Mondada, L. (2012a). Talking and driving: Multiactivity in the car. Semiotica, 2012(191).
Mondada, L. (2012b). The conversation analytic approach to data collection. I J. Sidnell & T. Stivers (Red.), The Handbook of Conversation Analysis (s. 304–333). Blackwell-Wiley.
Mondada, L. (2014). The local constitution of multimodal resources for social interaction. Journal of Pragmatics, 65, 137–156.
Norris, S. (Red.). (2011). Multimodality in Practice: Investigating Theory-in-Practice-through-Methodology. New York: Routledge.

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