CFP IADA: Anthropologies of Dialogue (France) 2015

Nancy, August 27-29, 2015
25th anniversary of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA)

Since the Conference is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA), this event’s theme will be the anthropologies of dialogue. According to Kant, anthropology refers to the study of the human beings in their essence and progress. Given the omnipresence and omnitemporality of dialogue, we can claim that it constitutes one of the principal characteristics of humanity, i.e., what makes human beings who they are. Thus, the study of dialogue is simultaneously concerned with the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. The 25th anniversary of IADA is an excellent opportunity to examine the progress made in our knowledge of dialogue and this will be the subject of the plenary conferences.

The conference will be organized as follows: plenary conferences will focus on the main  theme of dialogue, while workshops and poster sessions will offer the opportunity to discuss all the aspects, properties and applications of this knowledge. Workshops will host panels and lectures devoted to the most recent fields of social practices, such as tele-medicine, dialogical therapeutic tele-interviews, robotic care for the elderly, and dialogue in its various contexts: education, politics, mental or somatic health care, labor, legal, etc.

The conference language is English.

Please read all instructions carefully.
Note that IADA membership is required for presenting during the conference. Membership can be arranged instantly by going to IADA Website.

*   October 30, 2014 for panel proposals
*   November 30, 2014 for individual submissions (lectures and Posters).

*   Panel proposals (deadline October 30, 2014): max. 500 words. Within four weeks of this deadline, the conference committee will, on the basis of the outline, decide whether the proposal is accepted. The minimum number of presentations planned for one 90-minute session, however, should be three.
*   Individual proposals for lectures and posters (deadline November 30, 2014): max. 300 words.

Proposals should be submitted as e-mail attachments to Alain Trognon and Martine Batt.

CFP (Inter)faces of Dialogue 2014 Romania

(Inter)faces of Dialogue: Constructing Identity through Language Use

5 – 8 June 2014
Transilvania University of Braşov (Romania)
International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) Workshop

The way people talk, dress or behave are types of social codes, important ways of displaying who we are; in other words, they indicate our social identity. Each individual wants to build (him)herself a certain identity. There are multiple identities – some of them are wanted, while some others are unwanted – and a speaker faces a dilemma to choose the best identity for a certain situation and this “browsing” of identities may be achieved through dialogue. In approaching the topic of this workshop, we start from the premise that humans are dialogic beings, users and learners of language in various contexts. While acting and reacting in ever-changing environments (interpersonal or institutional), people try “to achieve more or less effectively certain purposes in dialogic interaction” (Weigand 2008: 3).

The academic interest for social relationships and the way they are organized in dialogues can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th century, once Malinowski first suggested in 1923 that humans share “phatic communion”. Scholars in interpersonal communication, social psychology and sociology have ever since highlighted that the concept of ‘identity’ is important for studying the organization of social life.

Individuals use language to construct an identity (or a set of identities) for themselves, while communities use language as a means of identifying their members and of establishing boundaries. Once an individual adheres to a group or a community of practice, (s)he will adopt (and sometimes adapt) the existing linguistic conventions of that group.

The workshop aims at looking the ways in which identity is created and reflected in dialogic action games. We are particularly interested in studying the (inter)faces of dialogue from different perspectives and in different – European and non European – languages. The workshop aims to be interdisciplinary and therefore welcomes proposals from scholars from different areas.

We welcome individual paper presentations, panels and posters that explore topics in the following areas, but are not limited to:
*Construction of personal and group identity
*Names and naming practices
*Identity construction and humour
*Identity and representation
*Linguistic variation and the construction of identity
*Construction of  cultural identity in minority languages
*Identity construction and power
*Construction of identity in computer-mediated communication
*Construction of identity through mass-media

The abstract submission deadline (including panel proposals) is January 25, 2014 (Extended) and the notification of acceptance will be received by January 20, 2014 (for submissions sent before 15 december 2013).

For more information or to submit your abstract, please contact the organizing committee at this email address or visit the workshop website.