2nd Call for Papers

XXXIX International VAKKI Symposium

February 7-8, 2019 in Vaasa, Finland

VAKKI Communication Research Association arranges a Symposium on February 7-9, 2019 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 presentations, workshops and paper proposals for interactive paper session that interconnect for example with the following topics related to workplace communication:

  • Working life communication in the context of leadership, management, marketing and technology
  • Digital media and working life
  • Languages, discourses and/or communication skills in working life and academia
  • Change, crisis and risk communication
  • Methodological and ethical challenges of working life communication (research)

The Symposium’s keynote speakers are:

  • Dr. Cornelius Puschmann (Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research, Hamburg, Germany)
    • The Enron email dataset as a window into workplace communication
  • Prof. Dr. Andrea Whittle (Newcastle University, Newcastle, United Kingdom)
    • Consequential categories: How categories in interaction work to get work done

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 paper for the interactive paper session (3 min). In the interactive paper session the participants can present their research ideas or present their research projects in a way of a ‘pitch talk’, which will be discussed in small groups after the presentations.

The symposium features two workshops:

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.

As for presentations and paper proposals for the interactive paper session, please submit your abstracts (max. 300 words) to symposium2019 [at] vakki.net as attachments (in rtf or doc format) by December 3rd, 2018. Please state in the message your name, your affiliation, whether your proposal concerns a section presentation, the interactive paper session 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 17th, 2018.

Participants should register for the symposium electronically between December 17, 2018 and January 17, 2019. The registration fee is 50 €. The price includes the Symposium programme, materials and coffee on both days.

For information about previous symposia and VAKKI, please visit the research group website at www.uva.fi/en/sites/vakki/. The 2019 Symposium website can be found at www.uva.fi/en/sites/vakki/symposia/symposium2019/

Information on the dinner on Thursday, registration and other practical matters will be updated on the Symposium website during the autumn and winter.

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