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Michael Massimi <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:25:30 +0000
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** Call for participation: Skype Connections and the Gaze of Friendship and Family **

This is a mini academic conference, sponsored by Skype and MSR, into research on video-mediated communications in private and domestic life. It is particularly interested in the interactional properties of these communications - the forms of talk, gaze and mutual attention rather than the HCI and design aspects (which future events might look at). It will be held on Jun 3rd and 4th at MSR Cambridge.

Call: This invites extended abstracts (f up to 600 words excluding title and affiliation) reporting theoretical and empirical research into the interactional order of video calling in domestic and personal life. Ethnomethodological and conversation analytic perspectives are particularly welcomed on such things as:

  *   the relationship between the sequential patterns of communication and the medium of Skype-type video connections in the social and family sphere;
  *   the methods and patterns of recipient design and repair within such communications;
  *   the properties and shape of topic management (e.g., news announcements and personal disclosures);
  *   the character and role of embodiment and embodied interaction in such communications;
  *   the salience of the visual and 'visual availability' in such interactions;
  *   the relation between individual instances of Skype-type communications and the larger activity assemblies of which they are a part - whether it be a routine 'catch-up' calls within friendship or a special occasion like dinner or a birthday celebration for a distributed family.
These are of course not exclusive and other topics are welcome.
There will be a preference for wholly original work, though research previously presented of an extremely high quality may be considered. The conference will be framed by keynote addresses by leaders in the field of interaction analysis, CA and ethnomethodology. Announcement of these will be made shortly.
Richard Harper, Microsoft Research Cambridge.
Christian Licoppe, ParisTech, Paris.
Rod Watson, Institut Marcel Mauss, Paris.
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