New thesis and a brief update

A new thesis entitled “In the Gulf Between Prejudice and Culture: Talking the Experience of Western Expatriates in the Middle East” by Kevin McKenzie has been added to the thesis repository at

Also there has been an unfortunate technical glitch which has deleted roughly a years worth of posts. All of AIEMCA’s featured videos are still available on our youtube channel at However some theses have vanished into the ether, these will be progressively replaced in the coming days.

Finally do please send me any updates about EM, CA or DP events, Calls for papers, Jobs or whatnot as this blog has a good reach via our Facebook following. If you haven’t added us on Facebook do so immediately – Email me at or via my University email (available, and safe from spam at

Edward Reynolds
AIEMCA Doer of things.

Brisbane TAG Symposium May 18 2012

Preparations are underway for a one-day seminar on May 18 and we are seeking expressions of interest for data sessions and RSVPs from those interested in attending.

Assoc. Prof. Ann Weatherall (Victoria University of Wellington) and Dr Amanda Bateman (University of Waikato) will be presenting some of their work in the morning session.

The current plan is to run a few parallel data sessions during the afternoon and we invite any of you who would like to provide some data to get in contact with us. Ultimately, it would be great to have at least three data sessions running throughout the afternoon with different areas of focus.

A nominal fee of around $20 /person will be charged for the day to cover the cost of catering.

When sending through your RSVP or expression of interest for a data session, please also let us know if you have any particular dietary requirements.


RSVP to Jess Harris j.harris2 at

Michael Emmison Farewell Lecture University of Queensland Mar 2012

The School of Social Science at the University of Queensland is holding an event in honour of Mike Emmison, who is retiring from UQ.

Tuesday 13 March 2012
5.00pm for a 5.30pm start
(Refreshments included at 6.30pm)
Auditorium (Level 2)
Sir Llew Edwards Building (14)
The University of Queensland
St Lucia campus

Kerryn Biles or 3365 3173 by Tuesday 6 March 2012

Mike will be giving a Farewell Lecture entitled ‘Sociology, discovery and progress: lessons from the study of naturally occurring talk-in-interaction’.

Sociology has a long tradition of critical self-examination in which its perceived defects and deficiencies are laid bare. In this lecture I revisit two recent assessments of the state of sociology, those by Stephen Cole and Randall Collins. By using their diagnoses of the problems within sociology as a foil it is possible to conceive of an alternative vision for the discipline.

In essence in order to emulate the successes of the natural sciences sociology must eschew personal or non-cognitive interests in the formulation of its research agendas and assign priority to the accurate observation of fundamental and enduring phenomena.
Combining these insights I argue that sociology must wean itself from its long term dependency on the survey and the in-depth interview and embrace the use of audio and video research technology to study social life as it happens.
I illustrate the potential that the use of naturally occurring data has for the discovery of phenomena through examples from the sociology of work. Only through the rigorous examination of ‘specimens of interaction’ acquired through these technologies will sociology be in a position to advance core knowledge of human practice which is cumulative and interlocking.

Our fate, alternatively, is to remain in the empirically productive, but ultimately incoherent and disconnected, research frontier.

For further information, please see

Please join us in celebrating Mike and his work (so far)

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.

More archival CA: video of Max Atkinson and John Heritage on effective speaking

Claptrap a documentary featuring Max Atkinson’s demonstration of the utility of CA , applying the results of the analysis of speeches to training a speaker to deliver the most effective speaking devices is now online in Archival content.
This video also features John Heritage speaking on which devices might prove more effective.
For more on this and how Max has gone on with this work check out Max’s Blog or add him on twitter.

Australasian Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

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