Committee

Convenor

Ruth E. Page

Secretary

Caroline Tagg

Treasurer

Richard Badger

Communications Officer

Bettina Beinhoff

To Join

Membership to the SIG is through our mailing list and the Facebook Group. Please email Bettina Beinhoff (bettina.beinhoff@anglia.ac.uk) and she will add you to the mailing list. For the Facebook Group, simply request to join the group (see link below).

Facebook Group

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About the SIG

We take 'new media' to represent the wide range of communicative contexts often referred to as 'digital discourse' and 'computer-mediated communication' (CMC). We are interested in all aspects of language use that occur in new media environments.

Objectives


We invite membership from researchers with interests in language and new media from different disciplines, and from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. The Special Interest Group's discussions take place on our Facebook group page.


Report of 2016 Workshop

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2016 Workshop: Multimodality in Social Media and Digital Environments

Queen Mary University of London, 15 April, 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS

Gestures, positioning in space, and other forms of embodied communication are frequently recognised as bearing meaning-making potential in interpersonal interactions and print media alongside (or instead of) language. There is also a feeling of urgency to systematically account for multimodal aspects of digital environments, particularly as they increasingly focus on multimodal content and foster intertextuality and interactivity.

This relatively new scholarly interest brings with it a number of methodological considerations as well as questions related to the application and interpretation of semiotic resources beyond language in digital contexts.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in the multimodal aspects of social and digital communication, to discuss methodological considerations in multimodal social media research, and explore the possible ways forward. The event will consist of invited plenaries, paper presentations and discussions.

Confirmed invited speakers

Paper presentations

We invite paper presentations which address themes related to multimodality in digital media, including:

Format for Proposals

Proposals of should be submitted to Dr Agnieszka Lyons (a.lyons@qmul.ac.uk) as a Word document or PDF file, containing the following information:

Key Dates

Cost

The fee includes: registration, teas/coffees, and lunch.

Up to 5 concessionary places are available for student or unwaged members of BAAL. To request one of these places, please contact Agnieszka Lyons (a.lyons@qmul.ac.uk) Concessionary places will be given on a first come, first served basis; please apply at point of registration.

Please note that the fee does not include accommodation.

Registration and payment of fees will be available from 15 February 2016.

CONTACT DETAILS

For any questions about the workshop, please contact Dr Agnieszka Lyons, Queen Mary University of London, a.lyons@qmul.ac.uk.

For more information about the BAAL Language and New Media SIG, please visit the SIG's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/languageandnewmedia

Agnieszka and Colleen

e-seminar on the language of online reviews

The BAAL Language and New Media SIG in affiliation with Discourse, Context & Media will be reading Camilla Vasquez’s recent paper: ‘Right now versus back then: Recency and remoteness as discursive resources in online reviews’ Discourse, Context & Media (available online 9 June 2015).

The paper will be freely available from Discourse, Context & Media during 23 November – 8 December, and we’ll be discussing how that paper helps us think about our own research. The discussion will take place on http://baallangnewmedia.proboards.com/. This is a free online forum. You can create an account or contribute to the discussion as a forum guest.

The paper’s author, Dr Camilla Vasquez, will respond to the group discussion in an interview with the SIG’s convenor on 8 December which we will record and make available as a podcast to the SIG (which you are welcome to join for free by joining our Facebook group).

Dr Ruth Page & Dr Caroline Tagg

2015 Workshop: The Ethics of Online Research Methods

Cardiff University, 16-17 April, 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS

Today, more than ever, data are widely accessible, visible, and searchable for research in digital media contexts. At the same time, new data types and collection methods challenge existing approaches to research ethics and raise significant and difficult questions for researchers who design, undertake and disseminate research in and about digital environments.

The aims of this workshop are to bring together researchers who use online research methods and data in different subfields of applied linguistics, to discuss ethical considerations in online data collection and analysis, to identify challenges and share solutions to ethical issues arising from applied linguistics research.

Confirmed invited speakers

The workshop will include

Pecha Kucha presentations

We invite proposals for Pecha Kucha presentations where participants present their research project (context and aim) and provide a statement of dilemmas, problems or ethical considerations relevant to their project.

Paper presentations

We are also inviting paper presentations to address any of the following themes:

Format for Proposals

Proposals should be submitted as a Word document or pdf file, containing the following information:

KEY DATES

COSTS

The fee includes: registration, teas/coffees, and lunch on both days.

Up to 5 concessionary places are available for student or unwaged members of BAAL. To request one of these places, please contact Tereza Spilioti (SpiliotiT1@Cardiff.ac.uk). Concessionary places will be given on a first come, first served basis; please apply at registration.

Please note that the fee does not include accommodation.

Registration and payment of fees will be available from 15 February.

CONTACT DETAILS

For any questions about the workshop, please contact Dr Tereza Spilioti, Cardiff University, SpiliotiT1@cardiff.ac.uk, +44 (0)29 208 76041.

First Workshop: Research Methods and Approaches for Analysing Social Media

22 November, 2013, at the University of Leicester.

About the SIG

The BAAL Special Interest Group for Language and New Media provides a forum for researchers to discuss and debate issues related to this field of study.


We take 'new media' to represent the wide range of communicative contexts often referred to as 'digital discourse' and 'computer-mediated communication' (CMC). We are interested in all aspects of language use that occur in new media environments.


Objectives

  1. To build a community of scholars, especially although not exclusively based in the United Kingdom, who are contributing to work in the field of CMC.
  2. To develop work in CMC by providing opportunities to present new research, formulating guidelines for research practices, sharing and developing methods for the collection and analysis of computer-mediated data.
  3. To support new researchers who are developing applied linguistic research in the field of CMC.
  4. To develop and make available case studies which stimulate innovative uses of new media in teaching language and applied linguistics.


We invite membership from researchers with interests in language and new media from different disciplines, and from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. The Special Interest Group's discussions take place on our Facebook group page.


Events

The Special Interest Group will be launched formally at the BAAL Annual General Meeting, 5-7 September with the colloquium, 'New Lines of Communication in Language and New Media'.


The first workshop for the SIG will take place at the University of Leicester in Autumn 2013.


Please visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/languageandnewmedia/



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