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Analyzing Discourse & Interaction in Social Media: New Methodological Challenges?
19-21 mai 2019
|Responsable de l'activité||
Prof. Marcel Burger, UniL
Prof. Simona Pekarek Doehler, UNINE
Ruth Page (Birmingham University)
Sean Rintel (Microsoft Research Cambridge)
Christian Licoppe (Telecom Paris Tech)
Korina Giaxoglou, Open University, London
Despite the rapidly expanding body of research on «digital discourse», the nature of the relationship between interactive digital environments, and the forms of discursive actions and interactions that take place within them and around them, has barely begun to be explored. Thus far, linguistic and discourse studies have focused on issues ranging from the relationship between the affordances of digital technology and the social identities and communities that they enable users to construct (Androutsopoulos), to the emerging forms and modes of «e-language» (and sometimes concomitant concerns about their effect on language standards in other contexts: Thurlow & Mroczek 2011); from the building of linguistic e-corpora to the narrative dimensions of life-logging discourses in social media (Tannen & Trester 2013; Page et al. 2014, Georgakopoulou & Spiliotti 2017). While studies in these areas have produced significant insights into the language and the discursive & interactional practices of digital communication, and provide important focal points of reference, with this project of doctoral school, we plan to explore some specific forms of representations, actions and interactions that have seldom been addressed up to now, forms that are realized in and through digital spaces themselves, in the very places that constitute and institute social media. Using a range of theories and approaches from sociolinguistics, interaction analysis, conversation and discourse analysis, and multimodal semiotic analysis, all the contributors analyze the relationship between interactive environments and social interactions. In particular, they explore how social media users represent and construct space and place as object and context, and they address questions that include: What kinds of places and spaces are being constructed through digital communication and for what purposes? How are these relations between on line, digital and off line, concrete environments being managed in locally situated interactions? With what kind of linguistic markers and resources, and according to what stakes? In this seminar, we explore more precisely what is at stake in terms of methodology in analyzing social media discourse & interaction. Do new forms of complex multimodal discourses & interactions imply new forms of theoretical framing? Considering a wide range of digital practices and platforms, can or should they be characterized as familiar, reconfigured or emergent as compared to established off line practices (Herring 2016)? Existent practices are necessarily affected by digital, but how does the observation of these practices (ex: the practices of doing a political statement, of interviewing when being a journalist, of being checked by the police, of making a phone call, of sharing a photo book, of mourning etc.) question concepts? How does the observation lead to reconfigure (or not) methods? The seminar comprises 3 types of talks: 4 plenary lectures by renowned researchers in the field of CMDIA (computer mediated discourse & interaction analysis), a range of workshop sessions presented by doctoral students, and a final roundtable. The invited speakers discuss the epistemology of digital discourse & interaction on various platforms of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat etc.). Students present their work in two types of work-in-progress sessions: analysis sessions, in which preliminary results are discussed; data sessions, in which empirical data is submitted to close scrutiny. A final round-table is designed to critically assess the conceptual and methodological implications that ensue from the work presented during the seminar. The seminar will be of interest to students and researchers concerned with the analysis of digital discourses and interactions on social media platforms in the web 2.0.
Hôtel le Grand Chalet Leysin
Les doctorant(e)s devront s'acquitter au moment de l'inscription d'une somme forfaitaire de CHF 50.-.