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CfP: abstracts for Language and Health Online, Basel April 15-16, 2016

Please note the Call for Papers for a conference on Language and Health Online, to be held in Basel on April 15-16, 2016. 

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.

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).

For more information:

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

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



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