ConCom05–”Conceptualising Communication” Conference

I went to the 5th Conference of “Conceptualizing Communication” last week in University of New England in Armidale. During the two days’ intensive discussion, different notions of human communication have been brought out into open and cross-disciplinary context.

There were many interesting discussions during the two days conferences. Scholars who come from several disciplines, such as engineering, psychologist, sociologists and linguistics, gathered there to talked about many key issues in the conceptualizing communication area. For example, the culture issue raised by Dr. Anthony J. Liddicoat (NSA), the intention issued in communication, communication in humanities and art (addressed by Pro. Roger Dean), communication among computer and human from A I point of view (addressed by Rro. Peter Eklund ) and so on.

Surprisingly, there were a lot of discussion around shared understanding and shared language in human-beings’ communication. Such as the shared understanding through movements and gesture from dance performer and audience (Kate Stevens, UWS), how the understanding set up from gesture languages (Adam Schembri & Trevor Johnston, MU) and how to cope communication with people who come from different disciplines, how to cope multi-background collaboration (Helen Hasan, UW). The agreements reached at the end of the conferences are that shared language and shared understanding are very abstract and complicated, until now we only have quite a few findings. Also, how to quantify and increase shared elements are still limited with some specific techniques.

Generally speaking, this conference gave me many amazing ideas about how my research interest locates in this field and how other scholars investigate the similar interests from different research angels. Although, after the conference, I realized my research issue is much more complicated than how I thought, I set up confidence in this area through talking with researchers who are dealing with the similar puzzles for many decades.
Something else……….. :) University of New England has a beautiful campus, which is a bit like Loughborough University in England (agreed by Roger Dean too). They have many isolated buildings, a lot of greens and a very spacious campus. But, they have one unique feature: there are a lot of farmed semi-wild animals on the campus, such as kangaroo, wallabies and deer. It is pretty amazing to see tens of kangaroos are having sun-bath not that far away from you after you walk out of the faculty building! :D

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