Producing a smiling face in photography studio

Negotiation of poses in photography studio is an important process for photo taking. In order to produce a desirable photo, photographers and clients engage in artful practices in calibrating body postures (e.g. Tekin, 2017). Tekin showed that the skilful coordination between the photographer and the clients involves considerable interactional work, including linguistic and embodied resources as well as spatial adjustment in the studio. In fact, apart from posing, another important aspect in the photo-making process is to produce an appropriate facial expression (e.g. smiling face, serious face, joking face, excitement face). Perhaps because smile is often preserved as a positive expression of feelings, such as happiness (Nettle, 2005), affiliation and appreciation in interactions (Peräkylä & Sorjonen, 2012), a very frequent practice in a photographic studio is to instruct and help the client to “produce a smiling face”.

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Members Forum Newsletter #1 Jan 2020

This ISCA member forum newsletter is part of a broader goal of ISCA to do more outreach to the EM/CA community by providing regular updates, providing members the opportunity to share their work and ideas, and to invite discussions on methodological developments and emerging theories. In this way we hope to cross borders both in the literal and metaphorical sense, by bringing together researchers from across the globe and making ISCA a truly international society.

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Transcript preparation for multi-lingual data sessions

By Stamatina Katsiveli-Siachou

Translation can be tricky in many ways and decisions are always consequential. Importantly, CA’s emic approach foregrounds the dataset over researcher’s assumptions. This means that every detail in how people design their turn can be consequential for what is going on, but might also not be treated as such; it all depends on interlocutors’ orientation.

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Risk, time, and consent: Balancing ethics and natural data collection

By Emma Tennent

We all know how important it is to protect participants’ confidentiality, particularly when working with sensitive data. However, ethics committees are not always familiar with how interactional research works which can pose challenges for data collection. In this short commentary, we report on the challenges Fiona faced in negotiating with the ethics committee and how constraints imposed shaped the process of data collection. We highlight the need for researchers of social interaction to share our strategies for securing ethical approval.

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