[lg policy] Symposium and CLAN workshop at Kansai University, Japan
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Please find below details of a symposium and CLAN workshop to be held
at Kansai University, Japan, early next year.
Applications for participation in either, or both, events are welcome.
Kansai University International Symposium and Workshop
‘Challenges and New Directions in the Micro-analysis of Social Interaction’
Division of International Affairs (Senriyama campus)
18 - 21 February 2012
Researchers with an interest in the micro-analysis of social
interaction are invited to participate in a four day international
symposium and workshop to be held at Kansai University (Suita, Osaka,
Japan) on 18-21 February 2012. This event is designed to (1) engender
discussion and debate regarding future directions of micro-analytic
research, in terms of practical and theoretical issues in the
collection, transcription and analysis of recorded interaction data,
and (2) provide training in these skills using the CLAN software tool.
Applications for participation and presentation are welcome. Please
see below for details of the symposium and workshop.
Saturday 18 February
International symposium: Presentations and discussion
Sunday 19 February (AM)
International symposium: Data session and discussion
Sunday 19 Feb (PM) - Tuesday 21 Feb
‘Challenges and new directions in the micro-analysis of social interaction’
Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 February 2012
The micro-analysis of social interaction has become increasingly
prevalent among the social sciences - within anthropology, sociology,
psychology and applied linguistics - since its emergence in the 1960s.
At that time, this new means of social scientific research was able to
emerge thanks to technological advances, which allowed for human
encounters to be recorded and re-observed on multiple occasions.
Over 50 years later, the micro-analytic landscape is quite different.
Researchers are now able to include also the visual elements of
interaction, and can do so from multiple camera angles. This is
allowing researchers to pay attention to the multiple semiotic fields
through which interactants communicate simultaneously and, as a
result, the complexity of social interaction is being further
unpacked. Additionally, while technologies are helping researchers
understand social interaction in more detail, and indeed modify our
existing theories, technologies are also changing the way interaction
itself is being conducted.
Because of these advances, interaction analysts are facing new
challenges, and the research domain is exploring new directions. The
aim of this international symposium is to bring together researchers
with an interest in the micro-analysis of social interaction, in order
to facilitate discussion and debate regarding what directions this
field of research can take. The event will include time for
discussion, which will be facilitated by the issues raised in
presentations and data analyses. Invited speakers include Hartmut
Haberland (Reader at Roskilde University / CALPIU) and Christopher
Jenks (Assistant Professor at City University of Hong Kong).
Sunday 19 - Tuesday 21 February 2012
CLAN is a software used for the transcription, analysis and sharing of
transcripts linked to audio or video recorded data. It was developed
by Professor Brian MacWhinney for use of two large corpora of spoken
language (CHILDES and TalkBank), and is now becoming increasingly
This workshop will cover the basics, from installing the software and
uploading data, through to transcribing, analysing and presenting
findings through CLAN. It will be useful for any researchers
interested in the analysis of social interaction, who have little or
no experience of using the software.
The workshop will be facilitated by Spencer Hazel and Janus Mortensen
from the CALPIU Research Centre at Roskilde University, where they are
currently engaged in a large research project on interaction in
international universities. Both have extensive experience of using
CLAN in that project, and have recently delivered a similar workshop
to PhD students and researchers in King’s College, London.
Call for participation
We welcome applications for participation in:
The international symposium (only)
The CLAN workshop (only)
Both the international symposium and CLAN workshop
We also welcome presentation proposals in areas related to:
Data collection (for example, how can researchers collect data in
newly-emerging interactional settings, such as those which occur
‘virtually’ and/or while participants are in transit?)
Data representation (how can multimodal data best be represented for
dissemination and publication?)
Data analysis (how can analysts best make sense of multiple
simultaneous semiotic modes, and how does this analysis build upon, or
challenge, existing understandings of interaction?)
Presentation proposals should be submitted in the form of abstracts,
no more than 350 words in length. Please note that presentation slots
are very limited (4-5 spaces).
Because of very limited spaces for the workshop (10-15), workshop
participants are required to be present for its full duration.
Additionally, participants who have their own data to transcribe and
work on will be given priority.
Those interested in either or both events are invited to contact Adam
Brandt (adambrandt at me.com) or Keiko Ikeda
(keikoike at ipcku.kansai-u.ac.jp) no later than Monday 12th December
2011. Please indicate clearly which event(s) you wish to participate
The language of both the symposium and workshop will be English.
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