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Language and Health Online – Typing yourself healthy (Symposium)

DateFriday, 15th April 2016
LocationEnglisches Seminar; Grosser Hörsaal, Raum 11, Raum 12

veranstalter: Wyke Stommel (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), Elizabeth Sillence (Northumbria University Newcastle) u.v.m., Nelya Koteyko (Queen Mary University London)
ansprechpartner: Franziska Thurnherr, Marie‐Thérèse Rudolf von Rohr, Miriam A. Locher
institution: HPSL
language: Englisch
location institution: Basel
date_raw: 15.-16. April 2016
date_sort: 15.04.2016, 00:00:00
date_parsed: 16.04.2015, 20:16:00

The SNF-project team “Language and Health Online” is organizing a two-day symposium:
Language and Health Online
Typing yourself healthy
April 15-16, 2016
University of Basel, Switzerland

In the last decades the Internet has evolved to become an important source of information for health concerns. There are many professional information sites, peer-support sites for patients, mailing lists, online counselling services, and so on. In these contexts, language plays a central role in how health issues are communicated and how health-related activities such as shared decision-making, collaboration, or persuasion, are carried out. Internet users are encouraged to type themselves healthy through language with the help of peers or professionals.

Covering a broad range from mental and medical health issues to healthy life style concerns, the symposium aims to explore how language is used in e-health practices:

– To construct the patient-doctor/client-therapist relationship
– To persuade users of healthy lifestyle changes
– To give support among peers (e.g. in online support groups)
– To establish trust  in peer-to-peer and in professional-lay contexts
– To create expertise by lay people and professionals
– To talk about specific illnesses and health risks
– To adapt content and language for target groups (kids, teenagers, adults, particular conditions, etc.)
Invited keynote speakers:
Nelya Koteyko, Queen Mary University London (confirmed)
Wyke Stommel, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (confirmed)
Elizabeth Sillence, Northumbria University Newcastle (confirmed)

The symposium provides a platform for researchers and practitioners from different disciplines such as linguistics, psychology and anthropology, as well as the public to share findings and insights concerning e-health communication. By engaging in a dialogue with researchers from different fields we work towards a better understanding of e-health practices overall, which can be of use and interest to health practitioners as well. This symposium is going to be the endpoint of the SNF-funded research project “Language and Health Online” (NGK1912).

Important Dates:
Call for papers: 1 March 2015
Deadline for abstract submission: 1 September 2015
Notification of acceptance: 1 January 2016
Registration opens:  1 September 2015

Please visit the page Submission of abstracts and registration for information on abstracts and visit our conftool page to submit an abstract.

Scientific Committee:
Najma Al Zidjaly (Sultan Qaboos University), Jo Angouri (University of Warwick), Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich (UNC Charlotte), Cynthia Gordon (Syracuse), Kevin Harvey (Nottingham), Andreas H. Jucker (Zurich), Miriam A. Locher (Basel), Peter Schulz (Lugano)  

Miriam A. Locher, Franziska Thurnherr, Marie-Thérèse Rudolf von Rohr