KC44 Multimodality Translated into Spanish

Key Concepts in ICDContinuing with translations of the Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC#44: Multimodality, which Bernd Müller-Jacquier first published in English in 2014, and which Ruben Mazzei has now translated into Spanish.

As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. Lists of Key Concepts organized chronologically by publication date and number, alphabetically by concept, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.

KC44 Multimodality in SpanishMüller-Jacquier, B. (2019). Multimodalidad (R. Mazzei, Trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 44. Available from:

If you are interested in translating one of the Key Concepts, please contact me for approval first because dozens are currently in process. As always, if there is a concept you think should be written up as one of the Key Concepts, whether in English or any other language, propose it. If you are new to CID, please provide a brief resume. This opportunity is open to masters students and above, on the assumption that some familiarity with academic conventions generally, and discussion of intercultural dialogue specifically, are useful.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.



CFP Copenhagen Multimodality Day (Denmark)

Conferences4th Copenhagen Multimodality Day, October 5, 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark. Deadline: August 1, 2018.

This one-day research seminar is being prepared and organized by the Centre for Interaction Research and Communication Design at the University of Copenhagen. The day is planned as a single-track research seminar. Proposals are invited for paper presentations related to Video ethnography, EMCA, multimodality and interaction analysis. We especially encourage paper presentations that deal with difficult methodological issues and/or presents novel solutions to methodological issues. The invited keynote speaker is Christian Heath, Professor in work, interaction and technology. Kings College London. The title of his presentation is: Institutional form and multimodal interaction: ecologies of participation and engagement.

CFP Multimodal Means of Instruction

Publication OpportunitiesCall for articles on multimodality by the international online peer reviewed journal, Language Value, which seeks to become a scholarly arena for the exploration of the attitudes and values conveyed by users of the English language in different contexts and situations. Scholars, teachers and researchers interested in this topic are welcome to submit their proposals on the following theme: MULTIMODAL MEANS OF INSTRUCTION: BROADENING ACADEMIC LITERACIES AND PRACTICES.

– Definition and promotion of Multimodal Literacy
– Multimodal Learning Environments
– Multimodal Teaching Strategies
– Multimodal Assessment
– Theories and practices of Multimodal Education

Continue reading “CFP Multimodal Means of Instruction”

CFP Visualizing (in) the New Media (Switzerland)

Call for Papers: Visualizing (in) the New Media

In November 2017, the Universities of Neuchâtel, Zurich and Bern in Switzerland will host the first international conference to focus specifically on visual communication in/about new media. In this regard, we invite the submission of abstracts for scholarly presentations in any of four overlapping thematic areas.

  1. Social interaction

Here, we envisage presentations that focus on the communicative uses of visual resources in the context of new media; for example: orthography and typography, graphematic design, the use of emojis (pictograms, emoticons, smilies), and/or the social-interactional uses of video, GIFs and non-moving images.

  1. Meta-discourse

Here, we envisage presentations that focus on people’s talk or writing about visual practices; for example: journalistic commentary about visual practices in new media (the use of emojis, for instance) or communicators’ discussions about their own or others’ visual practices in new media spaces.

  1. Visual ideologies

Here, we envisage presentations that focus on the visual depiction of new media in, for example, the context of commercial advertising, print or broadcast news, cinema and television narratives and/or public policy and educational settings.

  1. Industrial design

Here, we envisage presentations that focus on perspectives related to, for example, the visual-material design of technologies and apps, as well as the look or layout of screen interfaces, especially insofar as they concern the communicative (as opposed to technical) affordances of new media.

In selecting presentations, the conference team will privilege those adopting a multimodal approach to visual communication; in other words, studies that focus on visuality but attend to its interaction with other communicative modes – especially linguistic ones. We take a broad and critical approach to labels like “new”, “digital” and “mobile” as they are applied to communication technologies; we are nonetheless principally interested in more current, social, interactive media spaces such as micro-blogging, messaging, forums, gaming, video- and photo-sharing, and social networking.

The principal language of the conference will be English; however, the conference team welcome presentations and posters presented in German, French, and Italian (ideally, with slides or handouts offered in English). In such an interdisciplinary field, we also invite presenters to use their preferred style of delivery, whether it’s a read paper, an unscripted slideshow or some combination of the two.

Titles, abstracts and basic biographical information should be submitted using our online submission system available here: https://www.conftool.net/vinm2017/ . Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words and written in the same language as the presentation or poster. If the abstract is in a language other than English, please provide a list of five keywords in English. We ask that you also indicate which of our four thematic areas (above) your paper addresses as well as if it is a presentation or a poster. The deadline for proposals is February 28th 2017 with an anticipated decision date of April 30th 2017.


CFP Mediated Business: Living the Organisational Surroundings

Mediated Business: Living the Organisational Surroundings
Deadline: 1 October 2016

This special issue of Culture and Organization aims to continue a line of thought initiated by the 2004 special issue in Culture and Organization on the work of Deirdre Boden and her interest in interaction in workplace settings. In her seminal book “The business of talk” from 1994, Boden uncovers the tightly interwoven sequential structure of organisational talk. She points to the importance of the local and sequential organisation of talk in interaction for the emergence of larger organisational phenomena: “Piece by piece, moment by moment, stage by stage and level by level, decisions are discussed, debated, diffused and ultimately resolved” (Boden 1994: 178). The special issue in 2004 aimed at developing Boden’s central points on how micro and macro aspects of organisational talk are interrelated. In their paper, Oswick and Richards (2004) built upon Boden’s metaphor of laminations and developed a critical framework for understanding the relationship between local conversations and the larger organisational context. Likewise, Samra-Fredericks (2004) analysed one single instance of organisational talk and showed how a wider organisational context was shaped by and brought into being by the local organisation of talk.

With the current special issue theme “Mediated business: living the organisational surroundings”, we aim to add upon the 2004 initiated ethnomethodological/conversation analytic (EM/CA)-perspective on workplace interaction by specifically relating it to the recent multimodal turn in interaction studies (Mortensen 2012; Asmuß 2015). That way, the special issue seeks to compile recent studies on workplace interactions from an EM/CA perspective focussing on how various organisational surroundings (e.g. material, spatial and/or temporal) may impact the ways organisational activities are accomplished.

In accordance with the recent trends of studying interaction from a multimodal perspective (e.g. Richards 2004; Deppermann 2013; Hazel, et al. 2014), various workplace competences have been understood in light of the members’ ability to organise a diverse array of resources in managing their business at hand. This skillset may include the efficient arrangement and navigation of task-related artefacts in the given context (e.g. Nevile 2004; Nielsen 2012). Correspondingly, the instrumental actions of a given task can be exploited to take care of “hidden” business, for instance: strategy meeting participants negotiating their entitlement through the tactic use of computer-related actions (Asmuß & Oshima 2012) and plastic surgeons performing persuasive physical examinations by labelling patients’ bodies (Mirivel 2008). On the other hand, more “neutral” surroundings – the spatial design of a room in the activity of police interrogation (LeBaron & Streeck 1997), the material/physical environments that surround an urban street sale (Llewellyn & Burrow 2008), and the biographies and other temporal/spatial surroundings of members (Samra-Fredericks 2004), to name a few – may be brought into play by the participants, and/or may shape the form of business they engage in.

These studies have shown us roughly two phenomena. First, they have shown, not only that interactants use resources available for communicative purposes, but how their competences emerge in their artful ways of selecting and highlighting different elements of their surroundings in accomplishing certain business. Second, they indicate what used to be considered as mere practical and objective conditions are often in fact interactional resources, leaving little room for distinguishing the relevant surroundings and the made-as-relevant surroundings. The aim of this special issue is to further explore this fuzzy border of “the participants’ surroundings” and “the surroundings themselves” (Mortensen 2012) in diverse organisational contexts. By examining interactants’ selection of various features in the surroundings, we are interested in exploring how people go about living the organisational surroundings, their social meanings and relationship with the managing of business. We thus welcome EM/CA-oriented contributions offering insights into (but not limited to):
• Affordances and restrictions of organisational activities as interactional resources for negotiating various business (e.g. role, identity, morality, responsibility, strategies)
• Technical/practical activities as social resources at workplace
• Multimodal resources for building interactional a/symmetries at the workplace
• Organisational strategy as a multimodal practice
• Discursive/social/interactional accomplishments of practicality at work
• Assembling workplace through interaction
• Spatiality and temporality of workplace interaction
• The ambiguous border of informal and formal business
• Organisational value of micro-activities
• The interrelationship of micro-level interactional activities and larger organisational phenomena through talk amongst managerial elites.

Please ensure that all submissions to the special issue are made via the ScholarOne Culture and Organization site at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gsco. You will have to sign up for an account before you are able to submit a manuscript. Please ensure when you do submit that you select the relevant special issue (volume 24, issue 1) to direct your submission appropriately. If you experience any problems please contact the editors of this issue.

The deadline for manuscript submission is October 1st 2016.

Style and other instructions on manuscript preparation can be found at the journal’s website. Manuscript length should not exceed 10,000 words, including appendices and supporting materials. Please also be aware that any images used in your submission must be your own, or where they are not you must already have permission to reproduce them in an academic journal. You should make this explicit in the submitted manuscript.

Please direct informal enquiries to the special issue co-editors, Birte Asmuß and Sae Oshima (please ‘cc both co-editors).

Asmuß, B. (2015). Multimodal Perspectives on Meeting Interaction: Recent Trends in Conversation Analysis. In J. A. Allen, N. Lehmann-Willenbrock, & S. G. Rogelberg (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Meeting Science (pp. 277-304). Chapter 13. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Asmuß, B. & Oshima, S. (2012). Negotiation of entitlement in proposal sequences. Discourse Studies 14(1): 67-86.
Boden, D. (1994). The business of talk: Organizations in action. Cambridge, UK: Polity.
Deppermann, A. (2013). Multimodal interaction from a conversation analytic perspective. Journal of Pragmatics 46(1): 1-7.
Hazel, S., Mortensen, K. & Rasmussen, G. (2014). Introduction: A body of resources – CA studies of social conduct. Journal of Pragmatics 65(0): 1-9.
LeBaron, C. &, J. (1997). Built space and the interactional framing of experience during a murder interrogation. Human Studies 20(1): 1-25.
Llewellyn, N. & Burrow, R. (2008). Streetwise sales and the social order of city streets. British Journal of Sociology 59(3): 561-583.
Mirivel, J. (2008). The physical examination in cosmetic surgery: Embodied persuasion in medical interaction. Health Communication 23: 153-170.
Mortensen, K. (2012). Conversation analysis and multimodality: Conversation Analysis and Applied Linguistics. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. J. Wagner and K. Mortensen. Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell.
Nevile, M. (2004). Integrity in the airline cockpit: Embodying claims about progress for the conduct of an approach briefing. Research on Language & Social Interaction 37(4): 447-480.
Nielsen, M. F. (2012). Using artifacts in brainstorming sessions to secure participation and decouple sequentiality. Discourse Studies 14(1): 87-109.
Oswick, C. & Richards, D. (2004). Talk in organizations: Local conversations, wider perspectives. Culture and Organization 10(2): 107-123.
Richards, D. (2004). Introduction. Culture and Organization 10(2): 101-105.
Samra-Fredericks, D. (2004). Understanding the production of ‘strategy’ and ‘organization’ through talk amongst managerial elites. Culture and Organization 10(2): 125-141.

Editorial information
• Guest editor: Birte Asmuß, Aarhus University, Denmark (bas@bcom.au.dk)
• Guest editor: Sae Oshima, Aarhus University, Denmark (oshima@bcom.au.dk)

CFP Education and Migration: Language Foregrounded (UK)

21-23 (Friday – Sunday) October, 2016,
School of Education, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom

Keynote Speakers:
Alison Phipps, University of Glasgow, UK
Hilary Footitt, University of Reading, UK
Martha Bigelow, University of Minnesota, USA

Plenary panels:
The conference will include five plenary panels, within which the following invited researchers/practitioners will each lead a panel (supported by two other experts), on the themes below.

1. Languages for resilience: Languages education in the context of the Syrian crisis – Mike Solly (British Council)

2. Migration and schools: Policies for primary and secondary education in Europe – George Androulakis (University of Thessaly, Vólos)

3. Children’s multilingual identities, language brokering, opportunities for multiple literacies; issues concerning ESOL/languages and mainstreaming – Francis Giampapa (University of Bristol)

4. Multimodality: The role of the creative arts in language learning – Pam Burnard (University of Cambridge)

5. Communities and education; translanguaging in communities; community schools – Angela Creese (University of Birmingham)

Call for papers and panel proposals:
The conference invites papers and panels on research, pedagogies (multilingual, multimodal, multisensory, intercultural), policy development, and teacher practice concerning the opportunities and possibilities for multiple languages. Papers and panels may also address the following (and related) themes:
· Multilingualism in NGO education contexts
· Policy and language advocacy for multiple languages in the classroom
· Community schools and translanguaging in communities
· Teacher education in multilingual classrooms
· Languages and the intercultural citizen
· Modern foreign languages and multiple languages in schools—affordances and possibilities
· Languages in research, policy, teacher education
· Multimodal pedagogies for supporting language learning
· Critical and intercultural pedagogies
· Languages in contexts of discrimination, trauma, and exclusion: Implications for educational psychology and counselling; identity; multiple language literacies

Please see the conference website for further details, including how to submit proposals. The submission deadline is 1 June 2016.

Pre-conference doctoral workshop on researching multilingually:
There will also be a free pre-conference workshop for PhD students prior to the conference on Thursday 20th October 2016. The purpose of the workshop is to learn about and share experiences of how doctoral researchers draw on their linguistic resources (and those of others) when researching multilingually, and to explore the possibilities and complexities of such approaches. Please see the attached conference information for further details and how to register.

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 bdue@hum.ku.dk

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2012.09.003
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. http://doi.org/10.1080/08351813.2015.1090114
Keevallik, L. (2014). Turn organization and bodily-vocal demonstrations. Journal of Pragmatics, 65, 103–120. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2014.01.008
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. http://doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12123
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. http://doi.org/10.1177/1468794112436655
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). http://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2012-0062
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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2014.04.004
Norris, S. (Red.). (2011). Multimodality in Practice: Investigating Theory-in-Practice-through-Methodology. New York: Routledge.

CFP Translanguaging and Repertoires across Signed and Spoken Languages (Germany)

“Translanguaging and repertoires across signed and spoken languages: Insights from linguistic ethnographies in (super)diverse contexts”
20-21 June 2016
Göttingen (Germany)
Deadline for abstracts: 31 December 2015

Admission is free but registration is necessary

Confirmed presentations:
Alastair Pennycook, University of Technology Sydney
Adrian Blackledge, University of Birmingham
Angela Creese, University of Birmingham
Ulrike Zeshan, University of Central Lancashire
Annelies Kusters, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity
Massimiliano Spotti, Tilburg University
Ruth Swanwick, University of Leeds

The aim of this symposium is to foreground contributions based on linguistic ethnographies which were undertaken in educational settings and public/private/parochial settings in which people engage in the practice of translanguaging. With translanguaging we mean the linguistic practices in which people with diverse and multilingual backgrounds engage in order to make themselves understood by others. When doing so, they do not make use of separated languages but use elements/lexicon/grammar of (what might be regarded as) two or more different languages, hence the term ‘translanguaging’. In the process of translanguaging, people typically make use of a variety of channels or modalities: they may speak, point, gesture, sign, write, in a variety of combinations – ie multimodality.

When translanguaging, people draw upon linguistic repertoires, a term which denotes that people learn and use to speak, sign, write, read (parts of) different languages throughout their lives. Linguistic repertoires are typically multimodal, for example gestures are inherent part of spoken language production and mouthings are inherent part of many signed languages. In addition to biographic linguistic repertoires, there are spatial repertoires, linked to specific locations such as markets and repertoires linked with a certain culture and/or religion. Importantly, translanguaging not only draws on but also transforms repertoire.

Current works into spoken languages translanguaging include Angela Creese and Adrian Blackledge’s ongoing AHRC project “Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities” (2014-2018). Alastair Pennycook is (with Emi Otsuji) the author of the recently published book “Metrolingualism: Language in the City”, which sheds light on the ordinariness of linguistic diversity as people go about their daily lives in the city and make use of diverse linguistic resources. Massimiliano Spotti’s research focuses on asylum seeking 2.0 where identity negotiation in spoken interaction is supplemented with online evidence that corroborates the discourse of suspicion used as standard by the authorities.

Current works into multilingualism/translanguaging in relation to signed languages and/or gesture include Ulrike Zeshan’s ongoing ERC (2011-2016) project “Multilingual Behaviours in Sign Language Users, focusing on “cross-signing”, “sign-speaking”, and “sign-switching”, breaking new ground with respect to a field of research that can be called “Sign Multilingualism Studies”. Ruth Swanwick’s British Academy project is titled “Deafness and bimodal bilingualism: A plurilingual language framework for education”. Annelies Kusters focuses on gestural interactions and multimodality between fluent deaf signers and hearing non-signers in customer interactions and public transport in Mumbai.

We invite/include contributions that are based on the study of translanguaging in practice: how do people make use of different languages and different modalities (signed/gestured, spoken, written) when drawing on different repertoires in order to make themselves understood? The fact that contributions about the full spectrum of human language use (including signed/gestured/spoken/written) are invited, exploring a common theme, is innovative because the study of signed and spoken languages sociolinguistics have developed rather separately from each other. The focus on language use in practice (in which gesture is an inherent element of spoken languages production and mouthed/spoken/written/fingerspelled language is used by people who use signed languages) will be instrumental in bridging these separate strands, which is a much needed development in order to understand human language production in general. The study of gesture has brought signed and spoken language researchers of theoretical linguistics together, but a parallel bridge has not yet been built in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. Thus the symposium and the special issue will be cutting edge and highly competitive, as they extend concepts of translanguaging because of the unique ways in which signed and spoken languages are be used together. In short, the goal of the symposium is to create new knowledge, dialogue or transactions between studies of sign and spoken language diversity and plurality.

The languages of presentation will be International Sign and English, and English-IS interpretation will be organized.

University of York job ad: Linguistics

Lecturer in Linguistics
Department: Language and Linguistic Science
University of York – Heslington Campus
Apply by: January 8, 2016

The Department of Language and Linguistic Science is seeking to appoint a new Lecturer in Linguistics with a specialism in interaction. You will have a track record of high quality research in interactional linguistics or conversation analysis, possibly involving multimodality, with a thorough understanding of the linguistic organisation of interaction. You will contribute to teaching in interaction and pragmatics, as well as on the English Language and Linguistics programme. The post offers the opportunity to join and work with members of an interdisciplinary research centre whose main focus is interaction.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Richard Ogden, Department of Language & Linguistic Science.

Integrating Multimodality in the Study of Dialogue Interpreting (UK)

Integrating Multimodality in the study of Dialogue Interpreting
31 August 2015 – 1 September 2015

The Centre for Translation Studies (CTS) in the School of English and Languages at the University of Surrey, with the support of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Surrey, will host a two-day workshop on multimodality in dialogue interpreting.

This two-day international workshop represents a very timely first step towards the advancement of multimodal approaches to the study of Dialogue Interpreting (DI). Current research on DI, which is a key practice in the present era of globalization, migration and mobility, has not fully accounted for the variety of integrated resources participants employ to co-construct meaning (verbal and embodied). The workshop therefore aims to address the urgent need to develop novel, rigorous and holistic research methods to investigate the interplay between multiple levels of interaction in DI, which is further strengthened by the emergence of new modes of interpreting, such as video-mediated interpreting. To this end, scholars from various fields of study (interpreting, multimodality, communication, sociology, theatre, ICTs, etc.) are invited to contribute to the process of consolidating this new area of enquiry.

Cecilia Wadensjö, Stockholm University, Sweden
Lorenza Mondada, University of Basel, Switzerland
Christian Licoppe, Telecom ParisTech, France
Claudia Angelelli, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland
Franz Pöchhacker, University of Vienna, Austria
Jemina Napier, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland
Sergio Pasquandrea, University of Perugia, Italy
Claudio Bendazzoli, University of Turin, Italy

Proposals are invited on topics relating to the following thematic strands:
1. Multimodal accounts of DI research: input from other disciplines, emerging issues, challenges and opportunities
2. Bridging the gap between sign and spoken language interpreting through multimodality
3.  Multimodality and technology-supported DI

This call is directed to academics at all career stages who wish to bring fresh perspectives to the discussion and to engage with established scholars across various research fields relevant to the main workshop topic. The conference will provide opportunities for intellectually stimulating knowledge exchange and new collaborations across disciplines.

18th May 2015 – Deadline for abstract submission
31st May 2015 – Notification of acceptance/rejection of abstracts
1st June 2015 – Registration opens
21st June 2015 – Deadline for presenters to register
16th August 2015 – Closing date for registration
Submit abstract: http://www.ias.surrey.ac.uk/workshops/interpreting/cfp.php

Elena Davitti and Sabine Braun, Centre for Translation Studies, School of English and Languages, University of Surrey

For further queries, please contact Elena Davitti.

%d bloggers like this: