Thursday, December 17, 2015

December newsletter

Dear EMCA Section

Our latest newsletter is available with many important news updates.
2015 December newsletter

Much as we have enjoyed serving the EMCA community for the last 18 months, all
good things do come to an end and we need a willing individual or individuals to stand for election
to chair the Section. Erik Vinkhuyzen is leading a Nominations Committee in this search, as well as
looking for candidates for two vacancies as Section Council members. Please don’t wait to be called
or for your colleagues to volunteer you – make Erik’s job easy and put your own name forward to

All the best seasons wishes

Robert, Mardi, Emily and Edward

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Call for Papers EMCA Section of ASA

Seattle, August 20-23

Submission is now open

Submission Deadline: January 6, 2016, 3PM EST

Regular Sessions  (Organized by ASA)   
Conversation Analysis.
David Gibson, University of Notre Dame

Robert Dingwall, Nottingham Trent University

Section Sessions  (Organized by the Section)

*New Directions in EM/CA Research (one-hour).
This session invites submissions from researchers who are, broadly speaking, taking EM/CA research in new directions. For example, these researchers may be using an EM/CA approach in a previously under-studied context with under-studied types of participants, or they may be researching new  interactional/practical sensemaking phenomena altogether. Alternatively, they may have made new advances in traditional areas of EM/CA scholarship.

Session Organizer:  Tim Berard, Kent State University

*Session will be 1-hour in length; followed by the Section’s 40-minute business meeting

Current Studies in Conversation Analysis
This session invites submissions from researchers who use the approach of conversation analysis to understand naturally occurring interaction. Typically, this means that researchers will make use of audio or videotaped data in real world settings, but the session is open to consideration of researchers who may use other methods to understand the close coordination of interactional conduct and the cultural and relational factors that bear on this conduct.

Session Organizer:   Mardi Kidwell, University of New Hampshire

Friday, August 28, 2015

Eric Laurier talking about relationships and talk

Eric Laurier Reader in Geography and Interaction speaking about using ethnomethodology and conversation analysis to investigate relationships.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Meeting rooms for ASA

The meeting rooms for ASA are not on the online program yet but are available on the conference app, which you can download from the main ASA website. All the EM/CA sessions (Section and Regular) are in the Lake Michigan Room on the 8th Floor of the Hilton Chicago on South Michigan. The Asymmetries in Medical Interaction session is in Room 4K on the 4th floor of that hotel, and the Thematic Session on Agnes is in the Waldorf Room on the 3rd Floor. 

See you all there.

Robert and Mardi

Monday, August 3, 2015



Date: 6 - 7 November 2015


Keynote speakers:

- Prof. Wes Sharrock, University of Manchester

- Dr. Alex Dennis, University of Sheffield

We are pleased to announce the fourth in a series of biannual meetings for doctoral students undertaking research in the allied fields of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. The meetings aim to establish, build and support a doctoral research community across the UK and Europe. Each meeting offers a mix of workshops, data sessions, reading groups, practical sessions and presentations. The idea is to provide an informal environment for students to come and share ideas, ask questions, showcase research, etc. We also want to encourage and emphasise these events as opportunities to socialise and network with your EMCA peers.

This event is free to doctoral students. Accommodation and meals will be provided, including lunch and dinner on the Friday, breakfast on the Saturday and refreshments during breaks. As places are limited, prior registration is essential. In order to register, participants are asked to briefly describe their research and indicate how they want to contribute to the event (e.g. data session, presentation, etc.) using the accompanying form. Once we have this information, we will distribute a full schedule.

Our keynote speakers, Prof. Wes Sharrock and Dr. Alex Dennis, will discuss ethnomethodology, conversation analysis and their ongoing dialogues with philosophical interlocutors. While we welcome the same diverse range of contributions that have been a feature of previous events, given the nature of our keynotes' contributions to debates that cut across ethnomethodology, conversation analysis but also the social sciences and philosophy, this event represents an excellent opportunity for participants to discuss ethnomethodology, conversation analysis and where they stand vis-a-vis other traditions and approaches to research such as, inter alia, phenomenology, ordinary language philosophy and the broad field of science and technology studies.

We will allocate places on a first come, first served basis. Therefore to confirm attendance, please return the registration form as soon as possible to Dr. Michael Mair,<>. The meeting call can be downloaded here: NW EMCA Doctoral Network Meeting Nov 2015<> and the registration form can be downloaded here: EMCA Doctoral Network - Manchester NWDTC Registration Form<>.  Once registration is confirmed, we will ask you to provide a deposit of £20 which will be returned to you when you register in person on the 6th. We will send on information about how to make the deposit when your place is confirmed.

For informal enquiries about the event, please contact Hannah Berry,<>

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Graduate student award Elliot Hoey

We would like to congratulate Elliot Hoey on his award.

On behalf of Section Co-Chairs, Mardi Kidwell, and Robert Dingwall, I am pleased to inform the membership that the Committee for the Graduate Student Paper Award has unanimously recommended that this should be given to Elliot Hoey's paper, 'Lapse management and lapse resolution in incipient and sustained states of talk'. Their citation reads

This paper offers a remarkably elegant expression of conversation analysis, where the structure of the paper goes hand in hand with the development of its analysis, and where the latter brings together a systematic analysis of single instances, a clear command of previous and current literature, and an original “point” of (potentially) groundbreaking relevance for further EMCA research. Written by a graduate student, it displays not only clarity and concision as a formal achievement, but also an insightful, systematic and subtle analysis with important implications for EMCA as research domain, in and beyond sociology. The empirical focus on “lapses” in states of sustained and incipient talk proves a strategic choice. Indeed, it allows the author to demonstrate how “discontinuities in talk (and other activities) (i.e., lapses) are a noteworthy site for inspecting the ways that overall structural organization reaches into the local production of talk-and-other-conduct in interaction” (from the conclusion, p. 21). By analyzing in perspicuous detail how “overall structural organization” appears to be a participants’ pervasive practical concern, the paper offers an insightful example of how various analytic interests in EMCA might be integrated (turns, sequences, information, membership categories, closings, etc.). Talk is thus reexamined, re-embedded, and re-specified as a members’ phenomenon, part and parcel of the occasion or encounter that it achieves.

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