Workshop with G. Bolden, at UQ

With great happiness UQ brings you an opportunity to engage in a CA workshop this coming year.

This workshop will examine the organisation of turn
taking, elements of transcription, and action sequencing
in conversation. We will explore the turn taking system,
including such topics as how speakers identify and orient
to units of talk, how interlocutors project and coordinate
speaker transition, and how to tell the difference between
overlap and interruption. We will provide instruction on
how to produce an accurate transcript that captures a broad
range of vocal elements of speaker delivery. Additionally,
we will explore how participants build courses of actions
through adjacency pairs and examine aspects of preference
organisation. Participants will be expected to complete a
reading assignment and an analytic exercise beforehand.
The workshop is designed for graduate students and
researchers interested in developing skills in qualitative
analysis of social interaction through conversation analytic
methods. The workshop is aimed at those with some prior
exposure to CA and will also be suitable for researchers
interested in consolidating and renewing their conversation
analytic skills.
Sessions will comprise primarily of small group activities,
involving systematic introduction to instructional content and
data analysis procedures, working with a wide range of data
corpora, including everyday interactions, family mealtimes,
medical and clinical encounters, and emergency helplines.
Expressions of interest due: 15 January 2018
Notification of acceptance: 22 January 2018
Registration and payment due: 15 February 2018
Associate Professor Galina Bolden, Rutgers University
Professor Alexa Hepburn, Rutgers University USA
Professor Jonathan Potter, Rutgers University USA

Here is a link to Galina Bolden’s faculty profile:

See attached document for details of the workshop:
Galina Bolden Workshop

Updated information about AIEMCA 2018 Conference, Macao.

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

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 Technology 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.

Standard Papers 30 Minutes – 20 Minutes plus 10 minutes questions (Open to all including students)

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 and 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)



Nathaniel Mitchell (

Gail Jefferson archive

cksHello AIEMCA,

I received an email from Richard Fitzgerald who has just been to the Sacks archive. He mentioned the following:


While hanging out in the Sacks archive we learned that the Gail Jefferson Archive has just be been completed and is held at UCLA. It is open to the public but the list of items and boxes has not been uploaded and so not searchable as yet through the UCLA library.  However, we do have two pdf’s of the archive Boxes and these are public. (as in, the library is happy for these to be made available)
The archive consists of 36 Boxes, the details of the archive are: 
Gail Jefferson Papers (Collection 2319). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
I will attach the two PDF’s to this blog post.
This is exciting. Anyone who is venturing to UCLA anytime, take a look at these archives. From what Richard suggested about the Sacks archive (Melbourne, 2016 presentation at Melbourne University), take a week or so and appreciate the volume of material that is there.
Happy transcribing
Nathaniel Mitchell

Edward Reynolds (2017) Description of membership and enacting membership


A great paper just came across my feed from Edward Reynolds (bias, he was a CA/MCA mentor for me).
He describes the ways that powerlifters orient to seeing-the-lift and being a team.  He also uses online data to investigate the enactment of membership categories such as “creep” in the gym environment.

You’ll find the article in Journal of Pragmatics:
Reynolds, E. (2017) Description of membership and enacting membership: Seeing-a-lift, being a team. Journal of Pragmatics June, 2017 (online)


2017 TAG symposium Action Ascription

The TAG group (Brisbane) are organising a symposium on the 23rd of June.

23rd June. whole day
3 main sessions (morning, lunch, late session)

QUT Kelvin Grove campus
A330 for the symposium from 8.30 to 4.30pm
Arrive at 8:30 for a 9am start.


morning tea and a light lunch will be supplied
please note any dietary requirements in your confirmation email to

Action Ascription
Some problems with ascribing activity/action/projects onto data

readings for the day
Stephen C. Levinson, (2012)
, “Action formation and ascription”, In The Handbook of Conversation Analysis (Sidnell, Stivers, eds.), Oxford, U.K., Wiley-Blackwell, no. 103-130.
further readings by Sidnell in Language in Society.
(these are just primers for the conversations/discussions we hope to get into)

two data sessions as bookends to an action ascription discussion in the middle

session 1: 9 – 11am
special guest data session from Lim Ni Eng (Asst Prof). He has mentioned that he has some “fresh off the press” medical data that he will present (Singapore-styled English).

session 2: (plus lunch)

intro: 11:30 – 11:40am
problematic action ascription and some discussion around how to tackle it
two example cases will be presented from different data sets, separated by a light lunch (provided by QUT)

example case 1: 11:40 – 12:20

Lunch 12:20-12:50

example case 2: 12:50-1:30

session 3
: 2 – 4pm
Emma Tennant
‘trouble’ in action ascription from a call to an NZ victim support agency where caller and call taker display different understandings of why a question is asked and what level of detail is relevant in response.
Post session:
The Menagerie
The social analysis of drinking is a semi-structured beer garden

To confirm attendance, contact
numbers needed for lunch catering.

thank you to the TAG organising committee for organising this symposium:

Susan Danby <>,
Maryanne Theobald <>,
Stuart Ekberg <>,
Katie Ekberg <>,
Rod Gardner <>,
Andrea Lamont-Mills <>,
Ilana Mushin <>,
Steven Christensen <>
Nathaniel Mitchell <>,

Special thank you to:

QUT School of Early Childhood, Faculty of Education
Childhoods in Changing Contexts Research Group
Queensland University of Technology
Kelvin Grove Campus
GPO Box 2434,
Brisbane Qld 4001

NOTE: details subject to change

See you there
Nathaniel Mitchell
on behalf of

2017 TAG symposium

We have a symposium coming up on the 23rd of June.
I’ve put up a page for it under conferences
Please RSVP as we’re going to need numbers

2017 TAG Symposium 23rd June, QUT Kelvin Grove.

Let me summarise what we have so far regarding the upcoming symposium.
Please RSVP to: Transcript Analysis Group EM MCA CA <>
Some details are still to be ironed out, but here is the run down at the moment (24-4-17)

23rd June. whole day
QUT Kelvin Grove, A330 for the symposium from 8.30 to 4.30pm
3 main sessions (morning, after lunch, late session)
it’s possible that the first session will begin at 9-9:30 to allow for lunch and other sessions.

QUT (though this is still in the midst of being organised and my need some adjustment)


except that there has been a series of interested parties suggesting that the CAke off was lots of fun (Ruth Parry winning with her Adjacency Pear CAke).

Action Ascription
Problems with describing actions and activities in interaction

readings for the day
John Heritage, (2013), “Action formation and its epistemic (and other) backgrounds”, Discourse Studies, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 551–578.

Stephen C. Levinson, (2012), “Action formation and ascription”, In The Handbook of Conversation Analysis (Jack Sidnell, Tanya Stivers, eds.), Oxford, U.K., Wiley-Blackwell, no. 103-130.

and what
Schegloff (2007 – the sequence org book) and
Levinson (2013 – the CA Handbook) refer to as ‘interactional projects’

two data sessions with an action ascription discussion in the middle session

session 1: special guest data session from Lim Ni Eng (Asst Prof). He has mentioned that he has some “fresh off the press” medical data that he could present (Singapore-styled English).

session 2: People who have offered data include Stuart Ekberg, Rod Gardner and Emma Tennant.

session 3:
Data session 3 to be filled (possible that Lim Ni Eng may change to this session due to his transport requirements)

Post session:
The Menagerie
If people would like, perhaps we could head down to the menagerie afterwards for some nice drinks.

Transcript Analysis Group EM MCA CA

Australasian Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

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