Interaction and mobility

Course hours: October 2-3, 2013, 10.00-16.00
Venue: University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Campusvej 55, Cultural Studies meetingroom
Registration: Here before September 20
Faculty: Maurice Nevile (SDU, Kolding), Lorenza Mondada (Basel University)

Mobility has recently become a major focus across the social sciences (e.g. Urry 2007; Büscher, Urry & Witchger 2011), a ‘mobility turn’ which is reflected also the study of social interaction (Haddington, Mondada & Nevile 2013; Haddington, Keisanen & Nevile 2012). In our ordinary everyday lives we continuously move from place to place - we walk within our homes, workplaces and social spaces, we drive cars, ride bikes, and use organised public transportation systems. This course considers how people interact to be mobile, or while mobile, or to coordinate the mobility of others, and how mobility impacts understanding and practical activities. Drawing on video-recordings of real-life situations, we will examine details of language and discourse, gesture and other embodied conduct, and orientation in surrounding space and the material environment, to see how people participate in and for mobility. Over two days, we will reflect upon both findings and methodological challenges of mobility for researching interaction, within the ethnomethodological and conversation analytic tradition, including a focus on three common forms of mobility: walking, driving, and flying. The presenters are highly experienced researchers in analysing interaction, and are editors of the recent book Interaction and Mobility: Language and the Body in Motion (2013, De Gruyter).

Pre-readings will be available following registration.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

1. icebreaking and intro activity (MN)

2. basics (MN)

3. driving (MN)

4. aviation (MN)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

5. walking (LM)

6. student presentations

7. discussion panel

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