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2018 AIEMCA conference details

Conference Announcement: 11th AIEMCA Investigating Methods and Methodologies.

The 11th Australasian Institute of Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis (AIEMCA) Conference will be hosted by the Dept’s of Communication and Portuguese at the University of Macau, Macau will be held over the 27th, 28th, 29th November 2018

The Conference website can be found here

Conference Invitation and Theme

This conference provides a forum for the growing number of scholars from a range of disciplines using ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, membership categorisation analysis or discursive psychology in studies of everyday and/or institutional talk-in-interaction.

The theme for the AIEMCA conference at the University of Macau will be:
Investigating Methods and Methodologies.

We invite papers that highlight current work and research focusing on new directions and innovations on a range of topics and research areas.

Keynote Speakers

Susan Danby, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
KK Luke, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Rod Watson, Telecom Paris Tech, France
Nozomi Ikeya, Keio University.


Call for papers

 The call for papers will open from 10 January to 30 April 2018.

1. Standard Papers
30 Minutes – 20 Minutes plus 10 minutes questions (Open to all)

2. Short Data Focused Papers (Postgraduate Students Only)
10 Minutes – 10 Mins plus 10 min questions.
These short sessions are designed for students to present their data and discuss the questions or focus of their research and to get feedback from the audience. They will be organised into sessions with 5 presenters per session.


Abstracts should be:
no longer than 300 words
include presentation title, author affiliations (and if presenter is a student),
key words,
description of data, and
significance of the research.
All papers providing evidence of social practices in naturalistic settings are welcome for review.

We look forward to seeing you in Macau.



Assoc. Prof. Richard Fitzgerald
Dept of Communication
University of Macau
Macau (SAR)

posted by Nathaniel Mitchell

Discursis and Conversation Analysis

Hello all AIEMCA,
Please see this posting as an invitation to the following event. If you would like to attend, please contact Nathaniel Mitchell (
This coming Friday, 3rd of July 2015.
Seminar on Discursis and CA
Title: Two approaches to understanding the structure of everyday interaction: Discursis and Conversation Analysis
When: Fri 3rd July 2015, 1.00-3.00pm
Location: GP South (building 78), room 420, University of Queensland St Lucia Campus
Speaker: Dr Johanna Rendle-Short
Host: Prof Janet Wiles; This is a joint seminar with the Brisbane Transcript Analysis Group.
Abstract: This seminar will look at two different approaches to analysing everyday interaction, namely conversation analysis (CA) and Discursis. Conversation analysis is an established methodology that analyses the structure and organisation of ordinary everyday conversations or institutional talk. Discursis is a computer-based tool developed by the University of Queensland that shows the structure, information content and inter-speaker relationships of human communication. The focus of the seminar is to compare how the two approaches analyse conversations and whether their very different analytic approaches can provide different, yet complementary, understandings of the structural organisation of interaction
Biography: Johanna Rendle-Short researches within the area of spoken interaction and discourse. She utilises the methodology of conversation analysis (CA) or talk-in-interaction as a framework for analysing everyday talk and interaction. She applies conversation analysis to a variety of contexts, including, language and learning, media studies, and children and adults who are communicatively impaired. She is particularly interested in how children with Asperger’s Syndrome communicate with those around them.
Professor Janet Wiles
Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language,
School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering,
The University of Queensland | Cricos Provider: 00025B
Complex and Intelligent Systems research:
Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language:
co- nathaniel mitchell
TAG 2015 secretary
AIEMCA blogger


Announcing a new work Interaction and Mobility: Language and the Body in Motion

Maurice Nevile is delighted to announce publication of his new book, co-edited with Pentti Haddington and Lorenza Mondada.

Haddington, P., Mondada, L., Nevile, M. (eds). (2013) ‘Interaction and Mobility: Language and the Body in Motion’. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Details of the book are available at
A description of the book is
How do people interact when they are on the move? How do people interact in order to be mobile? How do people coordinate the mobility of others? How does mobility feature in social interaction? “Multimodal interaction” and “mobility” are of increasing interest to scholars across disciplines.’Interaction and mobility’is the first book to study these aspects comprehensively. It provides cutting-edge research by international scholars who use video-recordings of real-life everyday interactions for studying in close detail human social interaction in such diverse multimodal settings as airplanes, cars, traffic control centres, dance schools, museums and other public places, and as part of such activities as instructing, navigating, identifying an enemy on the battlefield, organising a meeting, playing videogames, shopping, performing and dancing. Together, these studies highlight features of social interaction, including language, embodied conduct, and spatial and material orientation, for being mobile, for interacting on the move, so that mobility becomes a ubiquitous feature of our lives. This book is a valuable resource to anyone interested in multimodal interaction and mobility.
The CONTENTS are below
Many thanks!
Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Transcription conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix
PART I: Introduction
Pentti Haddington, Lorenza Mondada and Maurice Nevile
Being mobile: Interaction on the move . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
PART II: Staging and collaborating for mobility
Dirk vom Lehn
Withdrawing from exhibits: The interactional organisation of
museum visits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Mathias Broth & Fredrik Lundstrom
A Walk on the pier: Establishing relevant places in mobile
instruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Elwys De Stefani
The collaborative organisation of next actions in a semiotically
rich environment: Shopping as a couple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Maurice Nevile
Seeing on the move: Mobile collaboration on the battlefield . . . . . 152
PART III: Projecting and engaging mobility
Pentti Haddington
Projecting mobility: Passengers directing drivers at junctions . . . . . 179
Eric Laurier
Before, in and after: Cars making their way through roundabouts . . 210
PART IV: Coordinating and controlling mobility
Inka Koskela, Ilkka Arminen & Hannele Palukka
Centres of coordination as a nexus of aviation . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Christian Licoppe and Julien Morel
Interactionally generated encounters and the accomplishment
of mutual proximity in mobile phone conversations . . . . . . . . . 277
Lorenza Mondada
Coordinating mobile action in real time: The timely organisation
of directives in video games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300
PART V: Creating and performing mobility
Leelo Keevallik
Herein time and space: Decomposing movement
in dance instruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345
Karine Lan Hing Ting, Dimitri Voilmy, Monika Buscher & Drew Hemment
The sociality of stillness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371
PART VI: Epilogue
Paul McIlvenny
Interacting outside the box: Between social interaction
and mobilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 409

The 7th Australasian Symposium on Conversation Analysis and Membership Categorisation Analysis

November 24-25th 2010
Victoria University of Wellington

The 7th Australasian Symposium on Conversation Analysis and Membership Categorisation Analysis is being organised by Wellington’s Conversation Analysis Group and supported by Victoria University of Wellington. The two day symposium is designed to build upon and enhance the emerging profile and scope of CA/MCA work being done within Australasia and to make and develop connections with those working in this field. The symposium aims to support the emerging strength of Australasian CA/MCA work nationally and internationally as well as further develop the unique collaborative interests that have potential for the strengthening the approach into the future.

Keynote speaker:

Professor Elizabeth Stokoe, Loughborough University
“Moving forward with conversation and membership categorization analysis: New directions for systematic and applied research”


Registration fees are likely be minimal (less than $100) to cover the costs of refreshments only
To facilitate planning we invite those who wish to attend to pre-register. To do this please send an email to

Include the following information:
– Name
– Institution

Paper Submission:

We invite researchers doing CA/MCA work to submit an abstract for a paper presentation or a proposal for a data workshop.
Abstracts of 200 words should be sent as an attachment to before August 31st, with “Abstract Submission” as the subject.
Authors will be notified of the outcome by end of September.
More information and a website will available on the website soon.
Please feel free to distribute this information.

Special issue on Ethnomethodological Approaches to Communication

Carly W. Butler, Richard Fitzgerald, and
Rod Gardner

1-14   Branching out: Ethnomethodological approaches to communication

Alec McHoul

14-22   What are we doing when we analyse conversation? Keynote Address, ‘Branching Out’: The 6th Australasian Symposium on Conversation Analysis and Membership Categorisation Analysis.

Reece Plunkett

23-44  Fashioning the feasible: Categorisation and social change.

Richard Fitzgerald, William Housley, and
Carly W. Butler

45-64  Omnirelevance and interactional context.

Rod Gardner, Richard Fitzgerald, and Ilana Mushin

65-90   The underlying orderliness in turn-taking: Examples from Australian talk.

Susan Danby, Carly W. Butler, and
Michael Emmison

91-114   When ‘listeners can’t talk’: Comparing active listening in opening sequences of telephone and online counselling.

Barbara Adkins and Jason Nasarczyk

115-140   Asynchronicity and the ‘time envelope’ of online annotation: The case of the photosharing website, Flickr.


IPRA diaries: Jack Bilmes

Next in the series of IPRA diaries introducing the basic ideas of Ethnomethodology we have Jack Bilmes from the University of Hawaii talking to me at IPRA 2009.

These are featured and hosted through AIEMCA’s youtube channel. You are encouraged to use these videos on your own websites through the channel, but please ensure you give credit and a link to

IPRA Diaries 2: Michael Emmison

The second in our series of web diaries on Ethnmethodology/Conversation Analysis features Michael Emmison from the University of Queensland talking to me at IPRA about Ethnomethodology. It is intended as a basic introduction to the ideas of Ethnomethology in a condensed form.

These are featured and hosted through AIEMCA’s youtube channel. You are encouraged to use these videos on your own websites through the channel, but please ensure you give credit and a link to