The main focus of the conference is the study of human interaction and human communicative behaviour, whether in private or public contexts, whether face-to-face or through various communication technologies. The research fields and theory development areas of interpersonal communication and social interaction include a wide-ranging of themes. In particular we encourage papers focused on:

  • interpersonal relationships
  • relationship formation
  • development and termination
  • group and team communication
  • conversational organisation
  • verbal and nonverbal communication
  • public speaking
  • radio and television performance
  • rhetoric
  • argumentation
  • persuasion and mutual influence
  • communicative competence and interpersonal skill
  • ethnography of speaking
  • other related approaches to human social interaction.


We welcome paper proposals of all kinds of contexts (e.g., family, work, instructional, political, health), and all kinds of methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, mixed). The conference aims at developing and fostering research and theory construction in the field in all European countries.