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Workshop “Researching Multilingual Practices in Mediatized Communication” op 1 maart 2016 (13u30-17u30)

Venue: Ghent University, Belgium, Abdisstraat 1, 9000 Gent, Room A. 1.04.

Registration: free attendance, with a maximum of 25 participants. Please e-mail: ellen.vanpraet@ugent.be

Organizers:

Ellen Van Praet, Research Centre for Multilingual and Intercultural Communication, Ghent University

Tom Van Hout, Institute for Professional and Academic Communication, University of Antwerp

 

Workshop theme

This workshop explores the epistemological and methodological consequences of studying digital communicative practices. If communication increasingly takes place in mediated environments, how can linguistic ethnography adjust its toolkit to online contexts of production, consumption, and circulation?

In sociolinguistics, mediatization is seen as an ongoing process of socio-cultural change driven by the saturation of mediated communication (Androutsopoulos 2014, Van Hout & Burger 2015). In linguistic anthropology, mediatization is defined in the broad sense as ‘institutional practices that reflexively link processes of communication to processes of commoditization’ (Agha 2011: 163) and in the more narrow sense as ‘the representational choices involved in the production and editing of text, image, and talk in the creation of media products’ (Jaffe 2009: 572). Terms such as virtual ethnography, network ethnography, netnography, cyberethnography, and webnography indicate researchers’ attempts at transferring principles and techniques of offline ethnography to computermediated communication.

For this workshop we bring together 4 speakers adopting a linguistic ethnographic research perspective on digital data, with a specific focus on multilingualism.

Workshop program

13.30. Opening & welcome

13.45. Jannis Androutsopoulos (Hamburg University) Locating multilingual practices in social networking: a mixed methods approach.

14.30. Katja Pelsmaekers (University of Antwerp) Engaging the museum visitor. An ethnographic exploration of digital museum discourse.

15.15 Coffee break

15.45 Sofie Decock (Ghent University) Dealing with multilingual customer complaints: methodological concerns and open issues.

16.30. Piia Varis (Tilburg University) Tracing multilingual practices – online and offline?

17.15. Closing