HSC Workshop 2018

Call for Papers

Workshop of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

Health & Science Communication Special Interest Group (HSC SIG)

“Mixing it up: Multi-methods, media and modalities”


 Wednesday 21st November 2018

Hosted by the School of Education, Communication & Society, King’s College London

Also available as a PDF: BAAL HSC SIG call for papers 2018

With the recent surge in use of technology and apps for personal health monitoring, researchers working on health and science communication have seized opportunities to explore new forms of digital and algorithmic data.  This is no surprise; communication scholars have always kept up with changes in the ways that public and professionals communicate, updating methods and designing projects to accommodate images, videos, online forums, social media and so on. Through these data, the study of health and science communication reaches so much further than the spoken or written language that we use.  While bringing together multiple methods or exploring multimodal data poses certain challenges, there is also strength in variety, offering insights that could not be found through explorations of text alone.

The aim of this workshop is to highlight the multiple and varied methods of research that are currently being used by researchers in health and science communication. We invite papers that analyse multimodal data, that adopt mixed methods approaches, that draw on several data sets or that are innovative in the methods they employ.  Qualitative and quantitative papers are welcome.  We are particularly interested in bringing together researchers from applied linguistics, medical sociology, media studies and social psychology with the intention of exploring how variety in methods can help shed new light on issues in health and science communication.  Proposals are invited for 15-minute paper presentations as well as posters.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Rick Iedema, King’s College London
  • Dr Gabriella Rundblad, King’s College London

 Format and Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts should be submitted to Olivia Knapton (olivia.knapton@kcl.ac.uk) as a Word document or PDF file, containing the following information:

  • Paper or poster presentation
  • Title of paper/poster
  • Name of presenter
  • Contact email address
  • Name and address of institution
  • Abstract text maximum 300 words (including references)
  • 12-point font, left-aligned, single-spaced

Key Dates

  • Abstract deadline: 14th September 2018
  • Acceptance notifications: 5th October 2018
  • Registration opens: October 2018 (details about the exact date to follow)
  • Workshop date: 21st November 2018


  • Standard (non-BAAL members) £50
  • Standard (BAAL members) £45
  • Student (non-BAAL members) £35
  • Concessionary fee (BAAL students or unwaged BAAL members) – £30

*Fees are payable through Eventbrite and include registration, tea/coffee and sandwich lunch; what is not included is the small fee charged by Eventbrite – expect to pay £2.44 to £3.74 more than the above-stated fees (depending on the price of your ticket).


Please contact the workshop organiser, Olivia Knapton, with any queries: olivia.knapton@kcl.ac.uk

EVENT: “Experiences of illness and death: learning from the discourses of realities and fictions”


BAAL Health & Science Communication SIG Workshop
28 November 2016
Hosted by the Faculty of Well-being, Education and Language Studies
The Open University, Milton Keynes

Read a summary and reflections on the workshop here: hsc-narrative-workshop-report

Programme: baal-hsc-sig-28-nov-programme_final

Abstracts: baal-hsc-sig-28-nov-book-of-abstracts

“Any serious illness is a medical event, but it is lived in narrative terms” wrote Andrew Solomon in a recent article for The Guardian. This workshop will focus on these ‘lived’ and ‘narrative’ aspects of the experience of illness and death from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Accounts of illness and dying by patients, carers and healthcare professionals have been at the heart the medical humanities for several decades. They have been called upon to better understand patients and to enable patient-centered care, to improve training and empathy in healthcare professionals and to begin to assist those who informally support and care for the ill. They have been investigated from the perspectives of history, sociology, literature, the visual arts and, more recently, linguistics. At the same time, these disparate approaches and applications, have tended to leave the field somewhat fragmented. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers of different backgrounds who examine and use experiences of illness and death to discuss and explore the methods and applications that allow us to get the most out of these rich and powerful sources of evidence.

Keynote speakers:
Dr Julie Ellis, University of Sheffield
Dr Jonathon Tomlinson, NHS The Lawson Practice (https://abetternhs.wordpress.com/about/)


WORKSHOP: Computer-mediated health communication: Perspectives from ethnography and discourse analysis


Hosted by the Language Centre School of Language, Linguistics, and Film, Queen Mary University of London


Event report: sigs_hsc_ 2016_meeting_report


Location and directions:

Room 3.40 Bancroft Building

This first SIG workshop will focus on the theme of computer mediated health communication taking a broad view of the diverse digital contexts in which health communication is developed through the medium of language. We are particularly interested in contributions that use the frameworks of ethnography and discourse analysis for the selection and analysis of linguistic features in order to understand relations between digital texts and their wider contexts of production and reception.

The new possibilities of using ICT technologies for practitioner-patient consultations as well as for peer-to-peer interaction in a synchronic or asynchronic manner have fascinated health researchers for over three decades. While there is a growing body of psychology literature focused on the quantitative analysis of isolated content features, the linguistic analyses of ICT-facilitated interactions in their discursive and social contexts have not yet received systematic attention.  In research on social media for example, the nature of synchronic or asynchronic platforms, and the fact that many forms of online communication are publicly available are likely to influence the way in which health and illness identities are constructed by professional and ‘lay’ actors.

The aims of this workshop are to bring together researchers who examine health communication from the theoretical and methodological traditions of linguistic ethnography and discourse analysis, to test the value of combining different research methods and to share solutions to the challenges of data analysis and interpretation posed by online environments. We are particularly interested in building theoretical and methodological bridges between applied linguistics, medical sociology, media studies and social psychology.

Invited speakers include:

  • Prof Elena Semino (University of Lancaster)
  • Dr Julia Bailey (University College London)

Full programme:  Computer_mediated_health_communication_9_Nov_preliminary_programme


  • Full fee – £21.99
  • BAAL members’ fee – £16.75
  • Student fee – £13.59

The fee includes: registration, tea/coffee and lunch. Registration details will be available in September.
For further information contact: Nelya Koteyko n.koteyko@qmul.ac.uk or Dimitrinka Atanasova da124@leicester.ac.uk

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