Committee

Nelya Koteyko, Convenor

Zsofia Demjen, Treasurer

Sarah Atkins, Communications Officer

Anne-Mette Hermans, Meetings Secretary

Dimitrinka Atanasova, Deputy Convenor & Secretary.




About us

We provide a forum for the study of applied linguistics topics in the domain of health and science communication bringing together researchers who combine concepts and methods from applied linguistics with those from other disciplines such as sociology, medical humanities, anthropology, media studies, psychology and cultural studies.

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Event Reports

QMC 9 November 2015

Constitution

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2016 Meeting Report

Computer-mediated health communication: Perspectives from ethnography and discourse analysis

School of Language, Linguistics, and Film, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)


Workshop - Experiences of illness and death: Learning from the discourses of realities and fictions

28 November 2016

Hosted by the Faculty of Well-being, Education and Language Studies

The Open University, Milton Keynes

CALL FOR PAPERS


"Any serious illness is a medical event, but it is lived in narrative terms" wrote Andrew Solomon in a recent article for The Guardian. This second SIG workshop will focus on these 'lived' and 'narrative' aspects of the experience of illness and death from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. We are particularly interested in contributions that discuss what we can learn from lived experience and first-person narratives, be they fictional or not, as well as how we can make the most of them. To this end we encourage contributions that showcase different methods of analysis and/or different contexts of application.

Accounts of illness and dying by patients, carers and healthcare professionals have been at the heart the medical humanities for several decades. They have been called upon to better understand patients and to enable patient-centered care, to improve training and empathy in healthcare professionals and to begin to assist those who informally support and care for the ill. They have been investigated from the perspectives of history, sociology, literature, the visual arts and, more recently, linguistics. At the same time, these disparate approaches and applications, have tended to leave the field somewhat fragmented.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers of different backgrounds who examine and use experiences of illness and death to discuss and explore the methods and applications that allow us to get the most out of these rich and powerful sources of evidence. We are particularly interested in building theoretical and methodological bridges between the academic disciplines of linguistics, medical humanities, and health and social care and healthcare policy and practice.

Further details will follow soon. For any questions, please contact: Zsofia Demjen at zsofia.demjen@open.ac.uk


Computer-mediated health communication

The SIG held an event at Queen Mary University of London on the 9th November: ‘Computer-mediated health communication: Perspectives from ethnography and discourse analysis’.

We’d like to thank everyone who attended and made it such a successful day, particularly our two plenary speakers, Elena Semino and Julia Bailey.

The workshop was tweeted via the #healthsci2015 hashtag and you can see a selection of these at https://storify.com/dbatanasova/c . A summary of the event by Dimitrinka Atanasova is also attached.

To keep up-to-date about future events and to share relevant information with the growing HSC SIG community, join our mailing list at: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?SUBED1=BAAL-HEALTHSCI&A=1

Our website is also up and running at http://www.baal-health.uk/ , where we’ll post information about upcoming events.

Sarah Atkins, HSC SIG Committee

BAAL Health and Science Communication SIG Event - Computer-mediated health communication: Perspectives from ethnography and discourse analysis

9 November 2015

Hosted by the Language Centre, School of Language, Linguistics, and Film, Queen Mary University of London

This first SIG workshop will focus on the theme of computer mediated health communication taking a broad view of the diverse digital contexts in which health communication is developed through the medium of language. We are particularly interested in contributions that use the frameworks of ethnography and discourse analysis for the selection and analysis of linguistic features in order to understand relations between digital texts and their wider contexts of production and reception.

The new possibilities of using ICT technologies for practitioner-patient consultations as well as for peer-to-peer interaction in a synchronic or asynchronic manner have fascinated health researchers for over three decades. While there is a growing body of psychology literature focused on the quantitative analysis of isolated content features, the linguistic analyses of ICT-facilitated interactions in their discursive and socialcontexts have not yet received systematic attention.  In research on social media for example, the nature of synchronic or asynchronic platforms, and the fact that many forms of online communication are publicly available are likely to influence the way in which health and illness identities are constructed by professional and 'lay' actors.

The aims of this workshop are to bring together researchers who examine health communication from the theoretical and methodological traditions of linguistic ethnography and discourse analysis, to test the value of combining different research methods and to share solutions to the challenges of data analysis and interpretation posed by online environments. We are particularly interested in building theoretical and methodological bridges between applied linguistics, medical sociology, media studies and social psychology.

Confirmed invited speakers:

The workshop will include:

KEY DATES

We invite you to submit an abstract for a paper or poster of no more than 300 words by 29 September 2015 by emailing Nelya Koteyko n.koteyko@qmul.ac.uk.  Papers will be 20 minutes long with additional 10 minutes for questions.

COSTS

The fee includes: registration, teas/coffees, and lunch. Registration details will be available in September.

Contact

Nelya Koteyko n.koteyko@qmul.ac.uk or Anne-Mette Hermans anna.hermans@kcl.ac.uk


Annual events will provide a sustained effort for researchers to meet, discuss their work and seek interdisciplinary research opportunities. In our first year of operation, we plan to hold the following two events:

Business Meeting

3rd September 2015, 5-5.30pm (after Invited Colloquium), Great Hall, Aston University, Birmingham

This event will be held during this year's BAAL Annual Meeting. We will discuss our aims, Constitution, member roles and future activities.

The event will be limited to attendees of the BAAL Annual Meeting.


Computer-mediated health communication: Perspectives from ethnography and discourse analysis

9th November 2015, Hosted by the Language Centre School of Language, Linguistics, and Film, Queen Mary University of London

This first SIG workshop will focus on the theme of computer mediated health communication taking a broad view of the diverse digital contexts in which health communication is developed through the medium of language. We are particularly interested in contributions that use the frameworks of ethnography and discourse analysis for the selection and analysis of linguistic features in order to understand relations between digital texts and their wider contexts of production and reception.

The new possibilities of using ICT technologies for practitioner-patient consultations as well as for peer-to-peer interaction in a synchronic or asynchronic manner have fascinated health researchers for over three decades. While there is a growing body of psychology literature focused on the quantitative analysis of isolated content features, the linguistic analyses of ICT-facilitated interactions in their discursive and social contexts have not yet received systematic attention.  In research on social media for example, the nature of synchronic or asynchronic platforms, and the fact that many forms of online communication are publicly available are likely to influence the way in which health and illness identities are constructed by professional and 'lay' actors.

The aims of this workshop are to bring together researchers who examine health communication from the theoretical and methodological traditions of linguistic ethnography and discourse analysis, to test the value of combining different research methods and to share solutions to the challenges of data analysis and interpretation posed by online environments. We are particularly interested in building theoretical and methodological bridges between applied linguistics, medical sociology, media studies and social psychology.

Confirmed invited speakers

The workshop will include

Key dates

We invite you to submit an abstract for a paper or poster of no more than 300 words by 15th September 2015 by emailing Nelya Koteyko n.koteyko@qmul.ac.uk. Papers will be 20 minutes long with additional 10 minutes for questions. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 1st October 2015.

Costs

The fee includes: registration, tea/coffee and lunch. Registration details will be available in September.

Contact

For further information Nelya Koteyko n.koteyko@qmul.ac.uk or Dimitrinka Atanasova da124@leicester.ac.uk.


Objectives

The three core aims of this SIG are:


Health & Science Communication SIG