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Panel Discussion: "Communication via Video - Perspectives from Linguistics, Sociology and Information Technology" (Nov 10, 2020)

News from Oct 28, 2020

November 10th, 6 pm, Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn will be part of the panel discussion: "Communication via Video - Perspectives from Linguistics, Sociology and Information Technology".

Heiko Hausendorf (Universität Zürich)

Claudia Müller-Birn (Freie Universität Berlin)
Paula-Irene Villa Braslavsky (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Matthias Hüning & Horst Simon (Freie Universität Berlin)

Communication is more than just conveying content. We all observe manners and norms in our everyday conversations without being aware of them: In recent months, many of us have now experienced first-hand that our system of verbal communication rules is obviously designed for direct face-to-face communication: with the help of subtle body language, eye contact, minimal changes in the pace of speech, we signalize, for example, who retains or gives up the right to speak and when. However, as soon as a technical medium such as video is interposed, our conversations no longer function smoothly; misunderstandings arise and we notice that something is not right.

In our panel discussion, we want to trace this universally experienced feeling and, together with Heiko Hausendorf (Linguistics, University of Zurich), Paula-Irene Villa Braslavsky (Sociology, LMU Munich) and Claudia Müller-Birn (Computer Science, FU Berlin), reflect on what exactly happens when we communicate in pairs or in group constellations (only) via video: Which difficulties arise? How can we possibly overcome them, by changing our communication behavior or by using technical aids? But also: what chances does increased video communication offer, for each individual and for society as a whole? What does all this mean for our concept of sociality? How will we shape our human interaction in the future?

The panel discussion will be held in german.

Further information

Due to the current developments in connection with the CoViD 19 pandemic, the discussion event will take place exclusively online. The registration information as well as the link for participation will be published here. If you have further questions about the event, please contact Marlena Jakobs.

An event of the Interdisciplinary Center for European Languages in cooperation with the Dahlem Humanities Center. The event is part of the Berlin Science Week.

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