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Special Issue:
New Technologies and Interaction:

Contradiction or Symbiosis?

Most studies of technology have been written by media scholars (for obvious reasons). However, this special issue is designed instead to come from the viewpoint of language and social interaction scholars. LSI scholars take for granted the use of audio and video recording of behavior as tools but rarely stop to discuss what they are doing and the logic underlying specific choices. The central question guiding this special issue is this: how do LSI scholars use various new technologies? It is, of course, uniquely appropriate that discussion of this topic should appear in an electronic journal, where examples of such technologies can be linked to the articles.

A wide variety of technologies permitting more than the obvious audio and video recording of behavior are now available for the study of LSI. Some scholars use technology in their own research, while others use it in teaching students how to conduct research, or for moving beyond text-based presentations of research results. DVDs, CDs, the internet, digital video cameras, iPods, Wikis, PowerPoint and integrated presentation software are among the growing list of tools used to enhance the work of interaction scholars. It is time to pause and evaluate what we already know works in particular contexts, and determine what else we need to learn.

Because interaction scholars not only conduct research, but also teach, and present their research results (whether to students or peers), this special issue will include any and all of these topics. Introductions to the use of specific technologies are appropriate, as are case studies of best practices (and worst practices, so we all can learn what did NOT work for someone else).

The special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2009. Deadline for completed manuscripts is August 1, 2008. Submissions should be electronic (.doc or .rtf format) and must conform to the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed. Place author’s contact information in an email to the editor only, not on the title page of the submission.

Issue Editor:
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz

University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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