International Symposium on
THE INS AND OUTS OF
PROFESSIONAL DISCOURSE RESEARCH
6-7 March 2014
Universitą di Modena e Reggio Emilia (ITALY)
Researching professional discourse is an exciting multi-faceted enterprise, from gaining access and collecting data to feeding these results back in the form of recommendations to practitioners. This two-day symposium invites contributions which explore these two extreme ends of the scholarly process , investigating written, oral, non-verbal and digital communication in professional settings as both input and output or: the "ins and outs" of business discourse research.
Day One - 6 March: THE INS (Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali - Modena, via San Geminiano, 3) focuses on issues of access and data collection: how can we convince practitioners to let us observe, record, interview, survey etc? And what counts as data? How much do we need ? In what shape and form? And how does our research interfere with what we study?
Day Two – 7 March: THE OUTS (Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali - via San Geminiano, 3) looks at how results can be fed back to the field in the form of recommendations: how can business discourse research be applied to help shape practice? How do we translate our methods and concepts for the communities that we investigate, including industry, government and non - profit organizations?
The symposium offers an all-plenary format, with ample time for discussion. On both days we welcome data- and case-based, empirical talks, presenting best practices, self-reflections or meta-analyses, drawing on a wide range of qualitative, quantitative and critical perspectives on professional and business discourse, from ethnography, corpus studies and sociolinguistics to interaction analysis, genre studies and document design.
The symposium language is English.