Workplace Communication

XXXVIII International VAKKI Symposium

February 8–9, 2018 in Vaasa, Finland

1st Call for Papers

The VAKKI Research Group at the University of Vaasa arranges a Symposium on February 8–9, 2018 under the theme of Workplace Communication.

Workplace communication comprises many different settings: face-to-face meetings between co-workers, online interactions between experts, service encounters in different professional fields as well as technical or business communication to mention just a few examples. The common nominator to these setting is that they are connected with professional roles and identities and interwoven with institutional practices. We call for papers, posters and workshops that interconnect for example with the following topics related to workplace communication:

  • Professional boundaries, identities, and social interaction
  • Languages at work
  • Domain-specific discourses
  • Professions and the role of (digital) media
  • Communication discourses and practices in service encounters
  • Communication in changing workplace environments
  • Social media in working life
  • Virtual teams, networks and communities
  • Methodological challenges in workplace communication research
  • Ethical issues of workplace communication

The working languages of the symposium are Finnish, Swedish, English and German.

Participants may contribute with a presentation (20 min + 5 min discussion) or a poster. We also welcome proposals for workshop topics. The purpose of the workshops is to provide participants with a less formal setting to exchange intellectual ideas and to share practical experiences on focused topics. Please submit your proposals (max. 300 words) for workshop themes as attachments (in rtf or doc format) to symposium2018 [at] by September 15th, 2017. Further details on registering for the workshops will be provided in the second Call for Papers.

As for presentation and poster proposals, please submit your abstracts (max. 300 words) to symposium2018 [at] as attachments (in rtf or doc format) by December 1st, 2017. Please state in the message your name, your affiliation, whether your proposal concerns a section presentation, a poster or a workshop presentation. Also mention if you are giving your presentation together with someone else. The papers will be selected based on the scientific quality of the abstract. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by December 15, 2017.