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Public defence: Possibilities and limitations of video-mediated interaction

Master Jessica Pedersen Belisle Hansen at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies will defend her dissertation Video-mediated interpreting. The interactional accomplishment of interpreting in video-mediated environments for the degree of philosophiae doctor (PhD).

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Hansen explores authentic video-interpreted hospital encounters from an interactional perspective. What happens when the interaction is video-mediated? Video technology allows participants in interaction to gain audio and visual access to each other. Still, the way we use technology to create an interactional space in a specific setting is relevant to which possibilities we have in the interaction.

When people use video technology to communicate, some of the conditions for interaction are different than if they are at a shared location. For instance, depending on camera positions, participants in interaction might see only parts of their co-participants and their surroundings. Trouble with references might occur when the interpreter is at a different location than the other participants. Delay is common. This is relevant for the interpreter’s work. Furthermore, gesture and movement that the participants use in the interaction may not be quite as effective when the actions materialize on a flat screen.

The portrayal of video technology as a cost efficient way to provide interpreting services is oversimplified. The complexity of the situation may cause challenges and misunderstandings in the interaction. When considering video technology for work related conduct, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the specific work that is carried out, Hansen points out in her thesis.

The trial lecture and public defence will be translated into Norwegian sign language.


Jessica Pedersen Belisle Hansen successfully defended her thesis on April 16, 2021.

Trial lecture

Designated topic: “What is mediation?”

Evaluation committee

Associate Professor Brian Lystgaard Due, University of Copenhagen (first opponent)

Professor Cecilia Wadensjö, Stockholm University (second opponent)

Associate Professor Marja Etelämäki, University of Oslo (administrator)

Chair of defence

Professor Elizabeth Lanza



Professor Jan Svennevig, University of Oslo

Professor Jannis Androutsopoulos, University of Oslo


Published Apr. 7, 2021 2:14 PM - Last modified Apr. 19, 2021 2:52 PM