U Neuchâtel PHD Candidate Positions: CA/Interactional Linguistics (Switzerland)

FellowshipsThe Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), member of the Competence Centre CRIS (Centre for Research on Social Interaction) is inviting applications for two PhD-candidate positions (= two 50% doctoral assistant positions) in Conversation Analysis / Interactional Linguistics.

Start date: October 1, 2017
Duration: 4 years

The successful candidate should hold an MA degree in Linguistics (or an equivalent degree), be trained in conversation analysis and/or interactional linguistics, and motivated to develop an original PhD thesis project in either one of these fields. He or she should show an interest in contributing to one of the Centre’s main research areas (interactional competence, second language talk, grammar-in-interaction). He or she should have an operational mastery of French (or develop such a mastery
within one year), allowing him or her to interact with students and colleagues and to participate in data sessions where French conversational data is being analyzed.

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 Interactional Competences conference (Switzerland)

Interactional competences in institutional practices
International Conference ICIP2014
University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), November 21-22, 2014

Plenary speakers: Janet Holmes, Timothy Koschmann, Hanh thi Nguyen, Richard F. Young

Submission deadline: May 1st 2014

Institutionally appropriate communication is a major issue in organizations today. The ability to interact within institutional contexts represents a set of practices society members have available for sharing information and communicating, complaining, negotiating, solving problems, bringing off specific tasks, transmitting knowledge and learning. Responsive to context-specific motivations and at the same time transcending any specific interaction, interactional competences are not abstract abilities but are constructed within rich interactional environments, assessed and interpreted according to collectively shared and valid principles.

The International conference Interactional competences in institutional practices is intended to convene the state of the art in research on interactional competences within institutional contexts (professional interactions; teaching-learning interactions in school and/or in the workplace; professional-non professional interactions). The conference will be held at the University of Neuchâtel in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, from November 21 through November 22 2014.

We envision this to be a series of presentations, with peer-reviewed contributions and invited speakers, focussing on interactional competences in institutional settings and promoting research from the broad range of institutional interactions researchers. We welcome contributions on both theoretical and applied research based on naturalistic observations.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
*Competence and multimodality
*Competence and learning
*Competence and assessments
*Competence and identity
*Competence and knowledge
*Legitimate competence and mechanisms of institutional legitimization
*Competence, intervention and change