U Oulu Postdocs: Smart Communication (Finland)

PostdocsTwo 2-year postdoctoral researcher positions in the project Smart Communication: The situated practices of mobile technology and digital literacies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Finland. Deadline: 25 September 2019.

The ”Smart Communication” project is interested in mundane technology use and possible changes in social skills brought about by new communication technologies. Based on video recordings and multimodal conversation analysis, it suggests an empirical and micro-analytic approach to the situated use of mobile technologies (smartphones, tablets, etc.) in everyday face-to-face encounters. The project aims at the comparison of two different stages of digital socialization, i.e., deep digital socialization (young adults), and late digital socialization (elderly adults), in order to grasp possible age-related differences in technological skills and practices, as well as to describe how people engage with new technologies, regardless of their age or culture.

The successful applicants are invited to develop a research project focusing on everyday uses of mobile devices and related social practices in various types of face-to-face encounters. In close collaboration with the team members (currently the principal investigator, Florence Oloff, and one doctoral researcher), the applicants will contribute to the systematic study of linguistic, embodied and material resources that participants mobilize when using mundane technologies in co-presence. In the spirit of a cross-generational and cross-linguistic approach, the project team is to build up a comparable data set. Therefore, the postdoctoral researchers’ projects will ideally complement the already ongoing research as regards specific age groups and/or languages (currently, the project comprises one ongoing doctoral dissertation on young adults / Russian).

CFP Interaction & Discourse in Flux (Finland)

ConferencesCall for papers: Interaction and discourse in flux: Changing landscapes of everyday life, COACT Conference 2019, University of Oulu, Finland, 24-26 April, 2019. Deadline: 19 October 2018.

This conference explores how changes in society emerge in interactions and discourses. How do these changes influence, and how are they influenced by, participants in various contexts of work and everyday life? Organizers warmly welcome contributions that outline future trends and present new perspectives on interaction and discourse studies. Presentations may investigate the complexity of different settings, data, methods and theories.

COACT – Complexity of (inter)action and multimodal participation is a research community at the University of Oulu. Its members explore complexity from diverse perspectives and focus on examining how social participants manage, coordinate and adapt to complexity, and display complexity socially to others, through skilled multimodal participation. COACT is also interested in studies that expand the notion of interactional complexity to include the participants’ histories and interactions across multiple timescales.

U Oulu PHD Studentships (Finland): CA/Interaction

FellowshipsThree 4-year and salaried doctoral student positions in conversation analysis / interaction analysis open at the University of Oulu in the COACT (Complexity in (inter)action) research community. Deadline: May 31, 2018.

1. Doctoral student, Faculty of Humanities (Topic: The use of mobile devices in face-to-face interaction).

2. Doctoral student, English philology, Faculty of Humanities (Topic: Interaction in international crisis management).

3. Doctoral student, English philology, Faculty of Humanities (Topic: Linguistic and embodied features of interactional multitasking).

The Language-Gesture Connection (Finland)

Invitation to the international seminar

Language Gesture Connection
Dates: 22-24 October 2015
Time: The seminar begins on Thursday at 9AM and ends on Saturday at 12.30PM.
Location: University of Oulu, Finland (LeaForum Research Space)

Invited guests:
Professor Jürgen Streeck, University of Texas, Austin, USA
Dr. Silva Ladewig, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt, Germany
Dr. Tommi Jantunen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Organisers:
Eudaimonia Research Centre for Human Sciences (University of Oulu)
EUDA-DP Doctoral Programme (University of Oulu)
Langnet Doctoral Programme
COACT research community

Seminar language: English

Theme: Gesture is not an add-on to language. Rather, language and gesture are integrated and synchronised elements of everyday interaction; they represent two sides of the same communicative process. This seminar is prompted by the recent emergence of interdisciplinary research focusing on the connection between language and gesture. It focuses on the connection between language and gesture in social interaction, and in particular on how linguistic forms and gestures are integrated in speech production, and how utterance and interaction meanings are derived from speech-gesture combinations.This international seminar is open to all scholars, researchers and Ph.D. students interested in language, interaction and gesture. We encourage scholars working with less-researched languages to participate in and bring their video data to the seminar.There is no participation fee. Langnet covers the travel and accommodation expenses to those doctoral students who are currently members of the Langnet doctoral programme. Other participants are responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation costs.

Workshop activities:
• Plenaries by the invited guests.
• Data sessions in which participants have the opportunity to present their video data to be discussed and analysed together. The aim of data sessions is to help presenters progress their research or to identify and discuss potential new findings. Therefore, it is not necessary to present final results or special research foci in data sessions.
• Collaborative article workshops in which the participants discuss and work together on the basis of four pre-assigned articles on the seminar theme. Participants are expected to actively take part in the workshop activities. Doctoral students receive 4 study points by participating in the workshop, presenting their data in a data session and reading the pre-assigned articles.

Registration: Register to the workshop by sending an email to Joonas Råman by Friday, 25 September 2015. Include in your email your name, affiliation and contact information. If you plan to present your video data, add a short description (100-150 word) of your research project and the data you plan to present. Finally, let us know if you are a member of the Langnet Doctoral Programme.

Organising committee:
Professor Pentti Haddington
Antti Kamunen
Stefano Rezzonico
Joonas Råman
Pauliina Siitonen

CFP Complexity of (inter)action conference (Finland)

Complexity of (inter)action
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM  organized by the COACT research community
University of Oulu, Finland, 9–11 October 2014

In the Complexity of (inter)action symposium, we wish to explore complexity from diverse perspectives and focus on examining how social participants manage, coordinate and adapt to complexity, and display complexity socially to others, through skilled multimodal participation. We are also interested in studies that expand the notion of interactional complexity to include the participants’ histories and interactions across multiple timescales.

The symposium has four invited speakers:
*Monika Büscher, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University
*Trine Heinemann, Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark
*Eric Laurier, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh
*Maurice Nevile, Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark

We invite proposals for symposium presentations that examine diverse communities and complex social (inter)actions in different settings, including technologically mediated and copresent activities. The theoretical starting points may include conversation analysis, interactional linguistics, multimodal interaction analysis, mediated discourse analysis, and related fields of study that use a range of audio, video, textual and other ethnographic materials as their data.