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RIAL 2016
Type Conference
Categoryies (tags) linguistic anthropology
Dates 2016/03/23 - 2016/03/25
Link http://itic.univ-montp3.fr/RIAL2016/
Address Université Paul - Valéry Montpellier III – site de Saint - Charles
Geolocation 43° 37' 0", 3° 52' 26"
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International meetings on linguistic anthropology The Language Being, among body and technique : new data, new deal?:


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« Human 2.0 », « hybrided » or « augmented », « post/transhumanism », « robotic artifacts » of the behavior of communicating and active man, abundance of touch-screen interfaces: many are today the humanoid « avatars » and other imitations of human presence. So many identity and self-image issues, with, at both ends, either a promotion or an alteration of bodies. So many questions are involving also the relations between the body’s discourses with the subjects of language.

This symposium aims to establish a dialogue between social sciences, neurosciences and engineering sciences. This dialog is anchored within the context of a certain societal urgency: in fragmenting our approaches to the body, do we not also weaken the unity of man and of his conceptions? In following with previous events linked to similar themes (Researcher in situ, Immersion through body, Norms and deviancies, Montpellier, 2014; Interacting bodies, Lyon, 2005), this international meeting proposes to broach the relation between body, language and technique, within the framework of an unprecedented interdisciplinary dialogue.

In this perspective, and because it takes an interest in language related events in their link to social action, including technical knowledge (Duranti, 2002; Fornel, 1994; Goodwin, 2000), in its diversity (Bornand & Leguy, 2013; Lafont, 2004; Londei & Santone, 2013), linguistic anthropology takes a central position, postulating a continuity of communicating bodies, perceiving, feeling, thinking, interacting with both natural and artificial environments, in an analytic perspective aiming to avoid the atomizing of study subjects and their contextual uprooting. Through its interdisciplinary nature, this perspective is able to open a dialogue between the different approaches. In this way, the studies in this field, which are always anchored in an ethnographic context, interrogate the expressions of rationality and praxis (Goody, 1996/1999), in particular in investigations of affects and developmental difficulties (Ochs, 1989; Ochs & Solomon, 2010), of intentionality (Duranti, 2015) and of mediated interactions (Jones & Schieffelin, 2009; Verdier, 2014). Most surely, the models developed in action neurosciences, as well as the works in engineering and robotics would benefit in being discussed through the outlook of these contextualist approaches (Kockelman, 2013).

Researchers that question the discourses to the body within the framework of human-machine interactions are strongly encouraged to participate (Suchman, 2007): for example, philosophic works (Andrieu, 2008; Andrieu & Berthoz, 2011), sociologic (Le Breton, 2013), in communication sciences (Renucci, 2014) or neurosciences (Damasio, 2010)… One will crossover research in bodily techniques – of which depends language practice – and in action, mimics or the voice of the living body and the body that is lived. With a dialogue between works on enaction (Varela & al., 1991; Bottineau 2010) and on emersiology (Andrieu, 2015), the aim will be to discuss the manner in which social interactions are linked to linguistic resources and thus insure human existence through the entanglement of the body and the thought processes that accompany it.

The plenary presentations (by B. Andrieu, A. Duranti, C. Licoppe, E. Ochs, B. Traimond…), the workshops and roundtables on the issues brought by human-machine interactions, including the relation between body and language, will bring together the actors in engineering sciences and neurosciences with anthropologists, linguists, philosophers and psychologists. Works can be submitted depending on the different perspectives proposed as following: • Emotional and cognitive incorporations • Linguistic anthropology for human-machine interactions • Anthropology for communicating bodies • Discursive circulations on body and technology (see infra developments).