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Call for abstracts AWIA symposium 2016

The 13th AWIA symposium will be held at Ghent University from September 29-30 2016. The theme of this symposium “Action Description” focuses on the issues and problems of how actions are formulated and/or accurately described in interaction. On the one hand, we can understand action description as a practical problem for interactants, which Schegloff (2007) refers to as the action formation problem. On the other hand, action description is also an issue for analysts. Hence, special attention will be given to how ‘precisely’ analysts’ glosses of speakers’ conduct reflect what is actually going on: How many different interpretations are possible for any observed form of conduct? Can the concept ‘action’ be fully understandable within a single discipline or do we need to engage with key ideas beyond our borders? Thus, problematizing the issue of ‘action description’ may not only help us to more fully develop our analyses, but also may facilitate more dialogue with people from outside the immediate discipline of interaction research.

Our guest speaker for this symposium will be Prof. Jack Sidnell (University of Toronto). On the first day of the symposium, he will give a presentation and hold a workshop on topics related to the main symposium theme. Although we strongly encourage participants to submit an abstract on some aspect of ‘action description’, we welcome submissions on all types of social interaction. We are accepting contributions within a diverse range of range of analytic, theoretical, and methodological traditions such as ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, interactional linguistics ethnography, linguistic anthropology, and workplace studies.

Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words (including data, excluding a list of references) and be submitted in English. Please include the name and affiliation of author(s) and the title of the paper in the abstract. The abstracts should be sent as email attachments to [awiasymposium2016@gmail.com] by June 1, 2016.

Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent via email by the beginning of July 2016.