The Phatic Workshop is all about phatics. The idea is to bring together the various fragments of phatics: the historical precedents (e.g. Malinowski's phatic communion), concomitants (e.g. Charles Morris's communization), equivalents (e.g. Jurgen Ruesch's metacommunication and Gregory Bateson's μ-function) and extensions (e.g. Julia Elyachar's concept of phatic labor).
We're attempting to piece together the tell-tale signs of a phatic turn in humanitarian and social sciences (including anthropology, semiotics, digital culture studies and, of course, computer-mediated communication).