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Call for Abstracts – Nordic Interdiscplinary Conference on Discourse and Interaction

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Below just some information about an upcoming conference on Discourse and Interaction, which will be held in Aalborg and organised by colleagues of mine from the Centre for Discourse Studies.



NorDIsCo 2010
Nordic Interdiscplinary Conference on Discourse and Interaction

Plenary speakers:
Professor Britt-Louise Gunnarsson, Uppsala
Professor Paul McIlvenny, Aalborg
Professor Sari Pietikäinen, Jyväskylä
Professor Jan Svennevig, Oslo

Dates: 17th – 19th November 2010

Location: Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Web site:

The aim of this interdisciplinary Nordic conference is to bring together doctoral students and researchers in the Nordic and Baltic region who investigate discourse and interaction from different disciplinary perspectives. The conference will highlight research that explores how text, discourse, talk and social interaction are structured, organised and constituted. Thus, this conference welcomes contributions by scholars and doctoral students in a range of fields of inquiry, including but not limited to discourse studies, conversation analysis, discursive psychology, critical discourse analysis, interaction analysis, rhetoric,
narrative analysis, discourse theory, political discourse analysis, social semiotics, multimodal discourse analysis, applied linguistics, gesture studies and communication activism, as well as approaches to discourse and interaction to be found in sociology, political science, environmental science, economics, media studies and cultural studies. Please see the
online call for abstracts for more details.

For more information, please contact the organisers:

This conference is supported by:
Centre for Discourse Studies
Doctoral Programme in Discourse & Contemporary Culture
Department of Language & Culture, Aalborg University

Now featured on Youtube

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Last Thursday I participated in a network meeting for people interested i e-learning. The meeting was hosted and arranged by the VidenDanmarknetwork. I was invited to give a short presentation on social media and learning – after the presentation I did a short re-cap which was recorded and is now on Youtube (to be honest I have not seen it myself – I hate seeing myself on video/pictures). The slides, videoes etc from me and all of the other presenters can be found here – Ohh I should mention – it is in Danish…so if you do not already speak Danish, now there’s a reason to learn it :)

Back from LYICT conference in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Monday, July 14th, 2008

This Saturday I returned from four days conference in Kuala Lumpur. The LYICT conference entitled ‘ICT and Learning for the Net Generation’ was an IFIP conference (Internation Federation for Information Processing) and more specifically connected to TC3 (Technical Committee) on ICT and Education. It consisted of a two days open conference and a two day working conference, where there were discussions in smaller groups around different themes. The conference took place at the beautiful and comfortable Saujana Hotel and it was arranged as a joint venture between the International Program Committee and a Local Organising Committee – the latter headed by Open University Malaysia. I have not attended an IFIP conference previously (though I did co-author a paper for the 8th IFIP World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE) 2005 in Stellenbosch, South Africa), but the organisation, venue and logistics were really great. Furthermore, the organisers have put a lot of pictures from the conference online, which can be found here. The only thing missing was actually access to a wireless network during the conference sessions (which might actually also be a good thing :-) ).

The conference in general was really exciting, and there were many interesting presentations. I presented the paper Patchworking and Power Users – a Novel Approach to Understand Learning? (co-authored with Prof. Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld). The paper develops and presents some of the ideas from my PhD dissertation, but also critically addresses notions such as Digital Millennium Learners, Power Users, the Net Generation, Digital Natives and other generational metaphors (see also a previous blog-posting on this issue). It was presented in a session together with three other presenters. Michael Weigend presented his experiences with some programming projects where students had to model and program scenarios of ‘how to tell a joke’. As Michael writes in the abstract:


PhD defence: In the Eyes of the Beholder

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Anders Albrechtslund will be defending his PhD dissertation Monday the 30th. The dissertation is called “In the Eyes of the Beholder: Introducing participation and ethics to surveillance“. Anders is both a very good friend and colleague, so I am really looking forward to the event. Anders has posted some information about the defence on his blog and also you can read more about the event here (in Danish).

If you are in the area, I would highly recommend stopping by (it is open for the general public) – I think it will be very interesting and there will be some good debates about notions of ‘surveillance’!