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Full Title: Digital Identities, Conflict, and (Im)politeness

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Start Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Contact: Sage Graham
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Meeting Description: Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in research examining the ways that various media platforms have been used to promote negative behaviours and agendas (see among others Hardaker & McGlashan, 2016). In many cases, it is argued, the unique features of digital platforms allow (and perhaps even promote) new manifestations of (im)politeness and conflict. This panel will focus on bringing together the ways that: 1) (im)politeness is manifested in a variety of digital platforms and, 2) how individuals use the capabilities (and limitations) of digital media to construct and negotiate identities through digitally-produced (im)politeness.

Building on early linguistic research on CMC that began in the 1980s, researchers have continued to examine the complex ways that people have formed communities and identities in online contexts even as media have continued to morph and change, exploring questions such as how people form insider & outsider groups (Graham, 2015; Klein & Bös, 2015), what types of identities they claim (Gallagher & Savage, 2015; Haugh, et al., 2015), to what extent anonymity affects communicative practice (boyd & Hargittai, 2010; Herring, S.C. & Stoerger, 2014; Marwick & boyd, 2014), and even whether CMC is fundamentally different from face-to-face communication at all (Benwell & Stokoe, 2006; Locher, Bolander & Höhn, 2015). As digital communication continues to expand and increase through ever-changing and newly-emerging modalities, a greater understanding of the ways we formulate relationships and communities in the interwoven digital world is critical. Since new modalities and communicative platforms are emerging daily, communicative practice must constantly change and shift to ensure that subtleties of meaning are not lost and complexly interwoven messages conveyed through increasingly multimodal interactions are comprehended.

This panel will take a post-modernist approach to (im)politeness research, building on theories developed since Brown & Levinson's (1978/1987) work in examining the intersection between digital platforms and manifestations of (im)politeness (broadly conceived, including conflict). Papers might address a wide array of topics, including how factors such as longevity (i.e. permanence of digital content once it is created) and anonymity affect the interpretation and practice of (im)politeness, how particular environments (e.g. online gaming) merge multimodal platforms in navigating and negotiating (im)polite/(in)appropriate behavior, how newcomers are socialized into the norms of (im)politeness within digital communities, and/or how (im)politeness functions in establishing or undermining identities and community relationships within particular media.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics
LL Issue: 27.3246

This is a session of the following meeting:
15th International Pragmatics Conference

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