ICCA23 are pleased to announce the details of the pre-conference workshops. All workshops will be available to purchase through the registration form, noting spaces are limited for each workshop and registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis.
Delegates can only register to attend a maximum of 1 workshop per day.
See below the list of workshops, click on each workshop name to view the full abstract and facilitator bio.
Monday 26 June 2023
Tuesday 27 June 2023
Wednesday 28 June 2023
Advances in Multimodality: Materiality, Bodies, and the Senses in Interaction (Lorenza Mondada)
This workshop introduces and discusses advances in multimodal conversation analysis, focusing on the way in which embodied and verbal resources are deeply intertwined, mobilizing a multiplicity of linguistic and corporeal details within the sequential organization of action in interaction. The focus will be on complex multimodal Gestalts, that is, multimodal configurations that articulate facial expressions, gesture, body postures, and movements, all building the accountability of particular actions.
More particularly, the workshop will work, on the basis of a diversity of video materials, on how materiality is being handled by the participants within social interaction. Materiality is omnipresent in social interaction, and it crucially involves the body of the participants (manipulating and sensing material objects) as well as language (e.g. requesting, assessing, describing co-present objects). The analyses thus focus on participants looking at objects, grasping and manipulating them, haptically feeling them, and imply an attention to the coupling of the body and the environment, fully considering the ecology of the situated action. Some objects, like food, can be not only manually manipulated and transformed but also sensed with all the senses (such as vision, olfaction, touch, taste): the analysis discusses the relations between multimodality and multisensoriality. The distinctive approach to materiality from the perspective of Conversation Analysis and Ethnomethodology deals with the collective, intersubjective, and interactionally achieved way in which materiality and its features become situatedly relevant within courses of action.
The workshop exploits this focus on materiality to discuss the analysis of complex multimodal Gestalts in which the entire body of the participants is mobilized within the local ecology. It reflects on the challenges for recording and transcribing these aspects, and the issues that their complexity raise for systematizing the analysis. The workshop centers on analytic concerns but also addresses the background methodological questions that have to be tackled in order to make the analysis possible, and their contribution to the conceptualization of various issues, such as how to conceive materiality in relation to social interaction and normative expectations, how to develop a praxeological approach of objects, and how to combine materiality with spatiality, sensoriality and the body.
Workshop facilitator: Lorenza Mondada is professor for linguistics at the University of Basel. Her research deals with social interaction in a variety of ordinary, professional and institutional settings, within an ethnomethodological and conversation analytic perspective. Her specific focus is on video analysis and multimodality, integrating language and embodiment in the study of human action, as well as materiality, knowlege and sensoriality.
Quantification (Kobin H. Kendrick)
This workshop will introduce participants to a set of tools and methods used for the quantification of interactional phenomena in CA. The primary focus will be specific technical procedures that researchers can use to conduct quantitative CA, drawing on methods employed in my own research. This includes developing coding schemes inductively; segmenting audio recordings in Praat for precise measurements of timing; coding videos in ELAN, with a focus on the frame-by-frame analysis of embodied actions; and exporting codes from ELAN into a format suitable for statistical analysis (e.g., in R). Participants will be guided through hands-on tutorials with step-by-step instructions. Two important caveats: first, the methods that will be taught are all manual (i.e., no scripting will be involved); and second, the workshop will not provide instruction on statistics, though references to useful resources will be provided.
Workshop facilitator: Kobin Kendrick is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York. His research investigates basic organizations of social interaction such as turn-taking, action-sequencing, and repair, using comparative, multimodal, and quantitative CA methods.
Sequence Organisation (Geoffrey Raymond)
The workshop focuses primarily on question-answer sequences to review research at the intersection of sequence organization, preference organization, and epistemics and consider how recent developments in these domains can be used to open up new lines of inquiry in mundane and institutional settings. Focusing on sequences of action initiated “from unknowing (K−) positions” (Heritage 2012b), we will work through a range of settings and activities conducted via such sequences, alternating between brief exercises and data sessions. Topics include:
- How sequence organization can be used to facilitate positionally-sensitive descriptions of practices;
- The reflexive relationship between actions, epistemics, and other aspects of context, including who the parties are for one another and whatever social relations, categories, or identities may be relevant for them;
- The use of and struggles over the beliefs, common sense, professional, or background knowledge invoked or indexed in talk.
Workshop facilitator: Geoffrey Raymond is Professor of Sociology and Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Research interests include conversation analysis, talk-and-other-embodied-conduct in institutions, and research methods. He has published in the American Sociological Review, Research on Language and Social Interaction, and Social Psychology Quarterly, and is co-editor of several books.
Gaze (Federico Rossano)
Seeing others and being seen has a special significance in human interactions, which goes beyond the mere perceptual or communicative functions of the eyes. This workshop will be a mix of short lectures and individual and group exercises. I will report on what we know about how human beings use their eyes during face-to-face interactions and to introduce different ways to collect, annotate and analyze gaze and other body behaviors using conversation analysis. I will discuss how to make collections of and report on practices implemented visually and I will introduce participants to the use of ELAN, a free software for annotations of video data. I will present data from different datasets, including adult conversations, children interactions, non-human primates interactions and even dogs and cats interacting with humans. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own materials for joint analysis during the workshop.
Workshop facilitator: Federico Rossano is an Associate Professor in the department of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego. His work focuses on the development of social accountability and communicative abilities in humans and non-human animals. He investigates how participants in social interactions calibrate their communications, both in terms of their verbal and visible conduct.
Grammar (Chase Raymond & Rebecca Clift)
This full-day workshop is designed for scholars who are interested in bringing a grammatical lens to bear on the study of social interaction, and a social-interactional lens to bear on the study of grammar. How do conversation analysts and interactional linguists conceive of ‘grammar’, and how does that conceptualization inform our analysis of interactional data? Through a combination of lecture materials and group activities, our overarching aim in this workshop will be to discuss and practice together the (iterative) phases of the research process—from first finding a candidate grammatical phenomenon to focus on, to developing and analysing a collection of exemplars, to engaging in linguistic theorizing, and ultimately writing up one’s findings. Note that there are no specific linguistic or language requirements for this workshop; content will be presented so as to be comprehensible and applicable to all workshop participants, regardless of their specific language(s) of study.
Chase Wesley Raymond is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His interests lie at the intersection of language and normativity, in ordinary and institutional contexts, with an emphasis on grammar. Much of his research and teaching is geared toward questions of methodology in the study of social interaction.
Rebecca Clift has taught CA in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex, UK, for over 25 years, and is the author of ‘Conversation Analysis’ (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Her research examines the intersection of grammar and interaction, with an increasing focus on embodiment.
Affiliation in Conversation (Anna Lindström and Marja-Leena Sorjonen)
Showing that you are “with” someone is central to social life, and mitigating threats to social solidarity strengthens social relations. To understand language and other semiotic resources as means for constituting ourselves as social beings requires analysis of affiliation across different languages and cultures. In this workshop we will provide an overview of how research on affiliation emerged within CA, describe different types of resources for displaying affiliation, consider the role of affiliation in different activities and contexts, and discuss the relationship between affiliation and other phenomena such as affective stance, alignment, empathy and epistemic stance. A substantive part of the workshop will be devoted to analysis of empirical data where displays of affiliation might be relevant. Participants in the workshop are encouraged to bring recordings and transcripts for joint analysis during the workshop.
Workshop facilitators: Anna Lindström is Professor of language and social interaction at Uppsala University. Her early research centered on the intersections between grammar, prosody and interaction in mundane Swedish conversation. She has also published on affiliation, affect, epistemics, and grammar. More recently she has initiated research on antibiotic prescription in Swedish primary care interactions.
Marja-Leena Sorjonen is Professor of Finnish at the University of Helsinki, and she was Director of the Centre of Excellence on Intersubjectivity in Interaction in 2012–2017. Her research interests include interaction and grammar, linguistic and sociocultural variation and universality of interactional practices, and multimodality. She has published widely on responsivity, and also e.g. on directives, affect, and service encounter interactions.
Studying interactions in early childhood education (Amelia Church and Amanda Bateman)
The aim of the workshop is to discover, through sharing analytic insights about extended sequences of child-teacher interactions, how teaching and learning is collaboratively achieved through talk-in-interaction. We will discuss how the methods of conversation analysis can be used to uncover the practices of pedagogy in early learning environments. Video recordings of interactions between young children and teachers in various environmental contexts are the data. We will explore how participation frameworks are established, how question-answer sequences are managed and how children’s rights to talk can be facilitated by teachers. We will pay close attention to how contiguity is achieved (or not) in next actions, with a view to how the child might be (or not) at the centre of child-centred learning. The concept of ‘sustained shared thinking’ is valued in early childhood education yet is seldom explicated; participants in this workshop will identify how this concept might be practically achieved.
Workshop facilitators: Amelia Church is a Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on child peer and child–teacher interactions, with an interest in how responsive engagement is collaboratively built in early learning environments.
Amanda Bateman uses conversation analysis and membership categorisation analysis to investigate children’s social interactions in their everyday lives with peers, adults and immediate environment. Amanda currently works as Associate Professor and Director at the Early Years Research Centre, University of Waikato.
Studying Healthcare Interaction (Merran Toerien)
Based on my experience of using CA to investigate patient choice in practice, this workshop will focus on practical ‘ways in’ to studying healthcare interaction. Using the metaphor of the conversation analyst as archaeologist, we will explore methods for steadily digging down into your data: from the most zoomed out level (the overall structural organisation of your ‘site’) down to the most micro (specific practices). We will address a range of questions, including:
How do we…
- Decide on a sample and gain permission to video-record in ‘sensitive’ settings?
- Identify practices and tease out patterns across our datasets?
- Move from detailed analysis to the ‘so what’ factor that may interest practitioners and policymakers?
I will draw on over 200 neurology consultations, providing data clips and transcripts for hands-on analytic exercises. I will also be open about the things I’ve found difficult in doing CA and welcome participants to do the same.
Workshop facilitator: Merran Toerien is a Reader in Sociology and Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Language & Communication at the University of York, UK. Her research has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research and she has delivered training in communication and conversation analysis in Brazil, China, The Netherlands, South Africa, the USA and the UK.
Exploring asymmetries in communicative competence using conversation analysis (Scott Barnes)
Communication disabilities can cause frank asymmetries in the distribution cognitive, linguistic, and/or communicative competencies in everyday conversation. This workshop will introduce a number of different, well-recognised communication disabilities, discussing their characteristics and implications for everyday life. It will then employ guided and open video-based analytic exercises to critically explore how the theoretical and methodological premises of conversation analysis may elucidate, but be challenged by, communication disabilities. The workshop will conclude with facilitated discussion on how the findings of conversation-analytic research have been used to support speech pathology practice for people with communication disabilities, and will consider opportunities to facilitate intensified contact between conversation analysts, people with communication disabilities, and speech pathologists.
Workshop facilitator: Scott Barnes is a speech pathologist and conversation analyst. His research focuses on everyday conversation, with a view to exploring the interface between the organisation of interaction, language, cognition, and related impairments. Scott is especially interested in how interactional systems can provide fundamental insights into the nature of communication disability.
Conversational structures across languages and cultures (Tanya Stivers)
Conversation analysts are fundamentally interested in identifying the structures that underlie social interaction. However, most of us work in one language and culture which leaves open a question of whether the structures we identify are universal or language and culture specific. In this one-day workshop, we will discuss some of the different approaches to studying the structures of conversation that have been done cross-culturally and cross linguistically. We will focus on how to build collections of phenomena; methods that are well suited to the questions we are asking and data and hand; and how CA can be paired with ethnographic and/or quantitative approaches. We will also discuss which domains of study stand to be most fruitful moving forward.
Workshop facilitator: Tanya Stivers is Professor of Sociology at UCLA. She studies the structures of conversation in everyday and medical contexts, among children and adults. She also combines conversation analysis with quantitative methods at times to address research questions requiring a comparative approach including differences by age, race, or language and culture.
Longitudinal studies in Conversation Analysis (Simona Pekarek Doehler)
CA uses sequential analysis to unveil in fine detail members’ methods for accomplishing actions in social interaction. But how do these methods change over time? How do participants adapt their practices across (shared) interactional experiences? How do they move from acting as “not yet competent members” (Schegloff 1989) to “competent members” (Goodwin 2018)? Despite earlier calls for analyses of larger conversational histories beyond the sequence and comparison across time (Bilmes 1985; Zimmermann 1999), it is only recently (but see Wootton 1997, Clayman & Heritage 2002) that we see an increasing amount of longitudinal CA research emerge (Pekarek Doehler et al. 2018; ROLSI, 2021, 54:2).
In this workshop we discuss the methodological challenges of longitudinal CA: how to design a longitudinal CA study, how to warrant comparability of instances of a given practice over time, how to establish collections based on longitudinal data, and how to scrutinize change over time from the participants’ perspectives. The workshop is organized as a hands-on training session, with ample room for group-work and data analysis.
Workshop facilitator: Simona Pekarek Doehler is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). Her research focuses on the development of interactional competence in a second language, based on longitudinal conversation analysis, grammar-in-interaction, and multimodality. She is co-editor of two recent collections of longitudinal CA studies, including a special issue of ROLSI 54:2 (2021).
Repair (Ann Weatherall)
Repair is a generic domain of organisation for talk-in-interaction involving a diverse set of shared practices that provide an interactional backbone for intersubjectivity. Broadly, it functions to address troubles in hearing, speaking and understanding. Repair was amongst the first discoveries of conversation analysis with some of the earliest findings of its technologies and structures within and across turns of talk, proving remarkably robust. It is a domain rich for further exploration given recent advances in areas including non-lexical sound objects and multimodality.
The aims of this workshop are to re-discover established aspects of repair and to explore those that are less well understood such as trouble sources and framing. Practical activities will include data sessions, exercises developed from those originally designed by Schegloff and engagement with pre-assembled collections. Data will be largely drawn from my own projects which include telephone helplines, marketplace interactions and empowerment self-defence classes. By working in small groups and collaboratively, using a data driven approach, the workshop should be engaging and inspiring for novices and experts alike.
Workshop facilitator: Ann Weatherall is a Research Professor in Psychology with Victoria University of Wellington who is also affiliated with, and based at, Roehampton University, London. Her work covers a broad spectrum of topics and concerns within Discursive Psychology using conversation analysis regularly with a focus on gender related matters. Current projects include; emergency and non emergency calls to the police categorised as ‘family harm’, a video study of empowerment self-defence training for girls and women, and cat fosterer-cat interactions.
Action formation and ascription (Jörg Zinken, Alexandra Gubina)
Action is a central concept in Conversation Analysis. It is a premise of CA that talk is designed and taken up by participants for its relevance as action. And the topic of how speakers can design their talk to give it a very specific action quality is fascinating to many of us. How does this work? The workshop offers hands-on experience of working with data that have an ‘ambiguous’ or ‘open’ action quality, and provides an opportunity for discussing questions such as the following:
- What role can action labels such as ‘invitation’, ‘complaint’, ‘offer’ etc., play in CA analyses of action?
- What are the images evoked by metaphors such as ‘forming’ or ‘ascribing’ action, and how might these enter into our thinking about action?
- What are some of the connections and contrasts between CA perspectives on action, and perspectives in other social and behavioural sciences?
Workshop facilitators: Jörg Zinken is a Research Fellow at the Leibniz Institute for the German Language (IDS) at Mannheim, and a Professor at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). His is interested in how grammar enters into the organisation of action, particularly from a cross-linguistic perspective.
Alexandra Gubina is a post-doc researcher at the Leibniz Institute for the German Language (IDS) at Mannheim (Germany). She is interested in the multifunctionality of grammatical practices, their linguistic import across different actions/functions and how participants (and analysts!) determine what action is being accomplished.
Phonetics and Prosody (Richard Ogden)
The aim of this workshop is to equip participants with some basic terms and skills in auditory phonetics, with an emphasis on observation rather than transcription. The workshop will cover topics in phonetics, including intonation. It will include a brief overview of the prosodic hierarchy and how it fits with turn-taking and intonation; we’ll think about the kinds of data that make good topics for phonetic analysis; and there will be a slot for participants’ own data. We’ll spend time working on data together, thinking about how phonetic detail and interaction intersect with one another. There will be some short talks, some listening exercises, and discussions. Our main tools will be our ears, but there will also be some advice on using tools for acoustic analysis. The data will mostly be English.
Workshop facilitator: Richard Ogden is Professor of Linguistics at the University of York, where he is also a member of Centre for Advanced Studies in Language & Communication. His research focuses on the phonetic details of naturally occurring conversation, combining conversation analytic and phonetic methods.
Preference (Danielle Pillet-Shore)
A compelling domain of conversation analytic inquiry capable of producing powerful insights into the orderliness of everyday human social interaction, preference organization research elucidates how people systematically design their actions to either support or undermine social solidarity. The aim of this workshop is to advance attendees’ dexterity at detecting preferences in interaction. Using recorded, naturally occurring data from ordinary and institutional interactions between English-speakers, we will discuss preference as it relates to both sequence-responding and sequence-initiating actions. This full-day workshop will offer a mix of short presentations, data sessions, and individual or group hands-on exercises that engage key preference principles distilled from over 45 years of conversation analytic work. We will also consider possible directions for future research in this area.
Workshop facilitator: Danielle Pillet-Shore (PhD, UCLA) is a conversation analyst and Associate Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire (USA). Her research examines videorecorded naturally-occurring in-person interactions, focusing on how people create and maintain their relationships. She teaches courses on language and social interaction, conversation analysis, and institutional interaction.
Classroom Interaction (Piera Margutti)
The workshop is intended to address some of the main issues in the analysis of classroom interaction, by looking at them through the lenses of some key notions in CA, and by returning to consider the pioneering works on the turn-taking system for conversation and information questions. Bearing in mind that “classroom interaction” is an umbrella term that includes interaction designs of several types, and paraphrasing Sacks, Schegloff and Jefferson 1974 (729), the workshop aims at finding “the place of classroom interaction among the speech-exchange systems”, and its relationship with mundane conversation, about which much remains to be said. This will be considered through exploration of different turn-allocational techniques and the organisation of asking and telling in classrooms. Presentations, data sessions, working with collection of cases will alternate. Participants will have the opportunity to talk about their own works, discussing their own findings that might relate to the topics addressed, discovering links with instructional practices that might be discovered as occurring in the settings of their interest.
Workshop facilitator: Piera Margutti investigates interaction in education, medical and mundane interaction, where she explored design, presuppositions and functions of question-answer sequences. She currently works on the interactional competence of pupils in classroom interaction, doctor-patient interaction in oncology, and the analysis of intonation in Italian polar interrogatives in telephone calls.
Interaction in Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, and Counselling (Anssi Peräkylä)
We will start with a discussion based on a key article (Peräkylä 2019) that will provide the participants with basic concepts and ideas of the CA understanding of psychotherapy and related interactions. There will also be a short lecture that elucidates the distinctive interactional features of psychiatric consultations, as compared to psychotherapy and counselling.
The lecture will be followed by data sessions focusing on clinicians' actions that are disaffiliative or challenging in relation to the client in psychotherapy, counselling or psychiatric settings. Such actions can be, for example, interpretations or formulations that question the client's understandings, or deliveries of diagnoses that are treated as unwelcome for the clients. We will focus on disaffiliative and challenging actions that serve (rather than damage) the aims of the therapy. The prospective participants are invited to suggest video recorded data to be examined in the datasessions.
Peräkylä, A. (2019) Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy: Identifying Transformative Sequences, Research on Language and Social Interaction, 52:3, 257-280, DOI: 10.1080/08351813.2019.1631044
Workshop facilitator: Anssi Peräkylä is Academy Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. He got his PhD from the University of London in 1992. His research topics have included AIDS counselling, primary care medical consultations, psychotherapy, and psychiatric interviews. He is particularly interested in emotional aspects of social interaction. Currently, he is investigating the ways in which narcissistic personality traits shape the practices of social interaction.
Intervening with Conversation Analysis (Jeffrey D Robinson)
This workshop is about the role of conversation analysis (CA) in ‘intervention,’ or the systematic alteration of people’s interactional conduct toward the goal of increasing prosocial outcomes of such conduct. This workshop is also about the larger-order topic of what it means to ‘apply’ CA, because the nature of intervention can vary with that of application. Using case studies, I describe different types of CA-based intervention. Using concrete examples (e.g., video-recorded data, instruction videos, training modules), I review the role of CA in the conceptualization, design, implementation, and validation of what is referred to (in other disciplines) as behavioural skills training (BST). Comprehensive BST involves instruction, modelling, rehearsal (e.g., role play), and feedback. While not necessary, workshop participants will have the option to discuss their own research projects as they pertain to application or intervention, allowing all to benefit in a personalized manner.
Workshop facilitator: Jeffrey D. Robinson (Ph.D. Sociology, UCLA, 1999) is professor of Communication at Portland State University and affiliate medical faculty at the Oregon Health and Science University. His research examines basic structures of mundane conversation (e.g., preference, repair), institutional practices (e.g., physician-patient interaction), and methods for coding interaction and applying CA.
Working with Non-English Data (KK Luke)
CA is sometimes, mistakenly, perceived as unconcerned about ‘broader issues’ such as culture and identity. However, as a rapidly growing body of cross-country research shows, nothing is further from the truth. Subscribing to the highest standards of context-sensitivity in their analyses, CA scholars cannot but pay the closest attention to linguistic and cultural considerations that inform participants’ meaning-making in the course of their interaction. As Michael Moerman puts it, “[T]he materials of all conversation analysis are inextricably cultured” (Moerman 1988: 4). In this workshop, we consider the many challenges that are faced by the analyst in handling non-English language data, including not only matters of transcription and translation, but also ways of articulating relevant items of ‘insiders’ knowledge’ that go into the making of an accurate and perceptive analysis. We will also discuss issues relating to writing and communicating one’s findings when presenting non-English language data.
Workshop facilitator: K.K. Luke is President’s Chair Professor of Linguistics at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has done work on talk and social interaction in China, Hong Kong and Singapore, using data involving family and friends. His more recent research focuses on doctor-patient interaction in a number of clinics in Singapore, where issues of empathy, multi-party consultations, and patient-centred care are explored.
Preparing field data for conversation analysis (Joe Blythe and Francesco Possemato)
This hands-on workshop looks at how to make real life interactional data usable for conversation analysis. It will cover issues involved in preparing a suitable field recording kit, such as the properties and functionality of modern digital video cameras and audio recorders, as well as microphone pick-up patterns. We’ll discuss practical issues involved in recording multiparty interactions, such as microphone and camera placement, such that high quality recordings can be obtained with a minimally intrusive setup. We will also cover techniques for recording suitable metadata, data processing techniques such as synchronising and editing multitracked recordings, exporting audio and video data, as well as hacks to improve sub-optimal audio tracks, among other common data collection and processing issues.
In the second part of the workshop we’ll cover the basic and more advanced use of Elan for segmentation, annotation, and transcription. We will explore the use of tiers, templates, and controlled vocabulary for organising and coding interactional data. We will also discuss different export options for making transcriptions available for interlinearization software – such as Toolbox and FLEx – and use in Excel. Finally, we will show how to use dedicated Word styles for multimodal and multilingual CA transcriptions.
Workshop facilitators: Joe Blythe is an interactional linguist specialising in Australian Indigenous languages. His research interests include gesture and embodiment, turn-taking, spatial cognition, language evolution, kinship concepts and social identities — particularly as instantiated within everyday conversation and as acquired by children. He leads Conversational Interaction in Aboriginal and Remote Australia, a comparative project funded by the Australian Research Council investigating conversational style in four Australian Aboriginal languages and in English varieties spoken by non-Aboriginal people in the Australian outback.
Francesco Possemato holds a PhD from the University of Sydney (2018). Using Conversation Analysis and Interactional Linguistics, his research addresses language and social interaction in a variety of contexts. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Communication and Assistive Device Lab (CADL - SUNY at Buffalo) where he works on Project Open led by Prof. Jeff Higginbotham.
Epistemics (Ilana Mushin)
Epistemics is the study of how people orient to differences in knowledge between participants in interaction, how these are managed practically in interaction, and how such practices reflect moral orders (e.g. Stivers et al., 2011). In 2012 John Heritage published two key papers arguing that the drive to accomplish epistemic equilibrium – what he called the ‘epistemic engine’ – could be understood as a key driver of sequence organisation, turn allocation, and action formation (Heritage, 2012a, 2012b).
The aim of this half day workshop is to introduce participants to the whats and hows of epistemic analysis as part of a conversation analysis toolkit. We will examine how to identify epistemic status and stance in new data; how to understand turn design and sequence organisation in terms of knowledge management; and how these analyses can support a range of research questions in the study of language and social interaction.
Workshop facilitator: Ilana Mushin is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Queensland. Ilana’s work over the past 30 years has examined epistemics and evidentiality from interactional, cognitive linguistic and typological linguistic perspectives, as well as CA. She is currently investigating knowledge management pratices in Australian Aboriginal communities as part of the Australia Research Council CIARA project (www.ciaraproject.com).
Material Objects as Resources for Interaction (Johannes Wagner)
The workshop will focus on material practices, i.e., ways in which objects are made resources for the progress of interaction. We live in a material world. Most embodied activities involve material objects of some kind, but, due to the primacy of talk, their role for the interaction is easily overlooked. However, it is not the presence of objects in the interactional space that is necessarily interesting, but the ways in which objects are foregrounded in interaction, oriented to, talked about, become a resource or prop, organize co-operative action etc., and how they fade as resources (Nevile et al 2015, Goodwin 2018, Day & Wagner 2019). All workshop participants will be invited to produce a poster about their work to be shared between the participants. The workshop proper will include an introduction to the topic, a discussion of methodological challenges when working with material objects, a data-session and a concluding discussion.
Day, D. & Wagner, J. (Eds.). (2019). Objects, bodies and work practice. Multilingual Matters.
Goodwin, C. (2018). Co-operative action. Cambridge University Press.
Workshop facilitator: Johannes Wagner is professor of Communication at the Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark. In recent years he has been working on a comprehensive understanding of human social praxis as the nexus of verbal interaction, embodied practices and tangible objects in the environment.
Nevile M, Haddington P, Heinemann T, et al. (eds) (2014) Interacting with Objects: Language, materiality, and social activity. John Benjamins.
Investigating Particles (Galina Bolden)
This workshop explores issues involved in conducting conversation analytic research on discourse particles (or “discourses markers”) - a class of linguistic devices that includes words and phrases such as anyway, well, you know, oh, so, like, etc. While particles are easily identifiable and collectable, a systematic analysis of their use in interactional data is notoriously challenging. What constitutes a workable collection of cases for conducting conversation analytic research into particles? What kinds of evidence can be mounted for a defensible analysis? To address these questions, workshop participants will work on a collection of cases of an English particle, start to develop a grounded analysis of its interactional functions, and explore challenges involved in such research. There will also be an opportunity to discuss unique issues in analyzing particles in other languages.
Workshop facilitator: Galina Bolden is Professor of Communication at Rutgers University. Her research examines how participants enact and negotiate cultural identities and personal relationships in and through talk-in-interaction. She is a co-author (with Alexa Hepburn) of Transcribing for Social Research (2017) and co-editor (with John Heritage and Marja-Leena Sorjonen) of Responding to Polar Questions Across Languages and Contexts (2022).
Conversation Analysis and Pragmatics (Arnulf Deppermann, Michael Haugh)
The focus of this workshop is on exploring the relationship between conversation analysis and pragmatics through detailed analysis of data. We will first consider how pragmatic concerns may be informed by the sequential approach offered by conversation analysis. We will explore how conversation analysis can help us leverage open topics of ongoing interest in pragmatics, such as indirectness and politeness. We will then consider how research in conversation analysis may be informed by the systematic attention paid to inference in pragmatics. This will include an exploration of how pragmatics may help in tackling areas of ongoing interest in conversation analysis, such as action ascription, identities and relationships.
Workshop facilitators: Prof. Arnulf Deppermann is head of the "Pragmatics"-department, Institute for the German Language, Mannheim (Germany). His recent publications include “Early responses” (ed. with Lorenza Mondada & Simona Pekarek Doehler) Discourse Processes 2021; “Longitudinal Conversation Analysis” (ed. with Simona Pekarek Doehler), Research on Language and Social Interaction 2021; and Action Ascription in Interaction (ed. with Michael Haugh), CUP, 2022.
Michael Haugh is Professor of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland. His recent publications include the Cambridge Handbook of Sociopragmatics (ed. with Dániel Kádár and Marina Terkourafi, CUP, 2021; Action Ascription in Interaction (ed. with Arnulf Deppermann), CUP, 2022; and Morality in Discourse (ed. with Rosina Márquez Reiter), OUP, forthcoming.
Analysing Video-Mediated Communication (Christian Licoppe)
This workshop aims at introducing some aspects of video-mediated communication which are relevant to ethnomethodology and conversation analysis (EM/CA). It will present the particular ways visuality, participation statuses, and talk-in-interaction are articulated, both in interpersonal and institutional settings. Then it will discuss the ways in which video-mediated communication (VMC) may constitute a congenial environment for some actions, such as noticings, and how noticings constitute a powerful resource to tie talk-in-interaction and its sequential organization to the enactment and maintenance of relationships and intimacy in VMC settings. Finally, on a more prospective basis, the workshop will discuss some aspects of live streaming, a hybrid interactional format which seems to develop considerably online, and which intriguingly combines some features of VMC and multi-party chat interaction. The workshop will involve a mix of presentations and data sessions, and will be particularly relevant for doctoral students and early career researchers interested in expanding the purview of EM/CA to these developing formats of interaction.
Workshop facilitator: Christian Licoppe is Professor of Sociology of Information and Communication Technologies at Institute Polytechnique de Paris. He specialises in the analysis of interaction via mobile communication technologies, message-based communication, and video-mediated communication across both mundane and institutional settings.