AAA Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. November 09-13, 2022.
American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting – Seattle, WA. – 09-13 November 2022. Samira Ibnelkaïd will give a talk titled “Technobodily literacy in video interaction” part of the panel titled “Broadening the Landscape of Linguistic Anthropology“.
With unexpected global events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, digital technologies are regarded as a panacea. However, as safe and intuitive as they may seem, digital screens remain complex and multidimensional interfaces. The present contribution proposes that video interactions are the locus of a technobodily literacy. Indeed, to make their video interaction experience engaging and valuable, individuals employ both embodied resources (verbal utterances, facial expressions, gestures, body postures, etc.) and technical practices (which presuppose a certain degree of ease and familiarity with the possibilities and constraints of digital devices and platforms). Furthermore, video callers rely on each other to monitor their actions, make them intelligible, and collaboratively produce a meaningful experience.