Call for Participation: 7th EMCA Doctoral Network Meeting in Cardiff

Dates: 18th-19th May, 2017

Keynote speakers: Dr Richard Fitzgerald and Professor William Housley

The 7th EMCA Doctoral Training Network Meeting will be held at Cardiff University, UK. We invite EMCA postgraduate research students to apply!

At this meeting, we aim to continue the Network’s successful track record of excellent events for EMCA postgraduates. The event is an opportunity to engage with other postgraduates and Cardiff faculty and visiting speakers in an informal environment. These Network meetings are designed for you, with you, to support the sharing of ideas, developing analyses, work in progress, or presenting work nearing completion. It is also a great chance to get to know some of your fellow EMCA researchers a little better!

At the Cardiff event, we are continuing to call for proposals for data sessions, presentations, reading groups, and skills training sessions. Our keynote speakers will outline recent developments in MCA – in relation to Harvey Sacks as a practical methodologist, and MCA in digital society. We are also asking for applicants to indicate their interest in engaging with a debate or controversy, for example the use of experiments in CA, that the group can tackle. For more information on these, please see the application form.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout both days. There is a small amount of funding provided by the Wales DTP and information about travel, accommodation options and evening meals will be distributed to confirmed attendees.

To attend: we ask that you fill out the Application Form, indicating how you would like to contribute to the event (in a data session, a presentation, leading a reading group, etc.). Places are limited, so please apply as early as possible. We will notify applicants of acceptance by early May. The deadline to apply is April 20th. A £5 deposit will be required to confirm a place after acceptance.

To send in an application form, or for further information, please email Robin Smith, at

We look forward to seeing you in Cardiff!

Previous meetings

Loughborough University, 3rd–4th October 2016

Keynote speakers: Paul Drew, Loughborough University

22 students attended.

Our Loughbrough event featured a reading group and a skills session, as well as data sessions, presentations and plenty of opportunities to network and talk to other participants. The reading group focused on ‘Challenges in conceptualizing applied CA findings and communicating them to practitioners’, while the skills session demonstrated Wondershare Filmora (‘a simple film editing software for the technically challenged’). Participants praised the friendly atmosphere and the wide range of activities avialable.

The meeting received funding from Loughborough’s Centre for Research in Culture and Communication and was organised by Emily Hofstetter, Jessica Robles and Laura Thompson.

University of Sheffield, 16th–17th May 2016

Keynote speakers: Dave Calvey, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Ann Wakefield, University of Manchester

17 students attended.


The EMCA Sheffield event included presentations, data and training sessions, reading groups, as well as social and networking opportunities. The data sessions and reading groups were particularly well received.

The event was organised by Helen Cameron, Alex Dennis, Sarah Gelcich and Verónica González Temer. It was sponsored by the White Rose ESRC DTC.

University of Manchester, 6th–7th November 2015

Keynote speakers: Wes Sharrock, University of Manchester, and Alex Dennis, University of Sheffield

23 students attended.

The EMCA Manchester event included presentations, data/skills sessions, discussions, as well as opportunities to chat informally and network. The skills sessions and discussions were particularly valued. They included ‘Discursive Psychology’ (Bogdana Huma), and data presentations by Haia Alazaidi, Andreas Reiter, Yoonjoo Cho and Somporn Maneechot. In addition there were twelve individual presentations.

Some participants kindly reviewed the meeting for the Research on Language and Social Interaction blog:

The event was organised by Michael Mair, Hannah Berry, Chris Elsey, Paul V. Smith and Philip Brooker. It was sponsored by the North West ESRC DTC.

University of Nottingham, 20th–21st April 2015

Keynote speaker: Ruth Parry, University of Nottingham

26 students attended.

The EMCA Nottingham event included a range of presentations, skills sessions, reading groups and data sessions as well as opportunities to chat informally and network. The skills sessions were a fantastic opportunity for the attendees to share their knowledge and expertise.  They included ‘Transcription tips in Microsoft Word’ (Emily Hofstetter), Analysing Body Movement (Lewis Hyland), Using PRAAT (Veronica Gonzalez Temer) and Negotiating NHS Research Ethics (Alison Pilnick, Ruth Parry and Marco Pino).

The Nottingham event included more presentations than at previous EMCA events, and a special mention should go to the presenters for the exceptional standard of work all round. Ruth Parry’s keynote on ‘Systematic Reviewing: a way to get CA findings used in practice and policy’ was a particular highlight, and shed light on both the challenges and the opportunities that  collating CA findings can provide and the practical implications this can have in real world settings.

The event was organized by Joseph Webb, Alison Pilnick, Marco Pino, Lewis Hyland and Ruth Parry. It was sponsored by Nottingham ESRC DTC.

King’s College London, 27th–28th October 2014

Keynote speaker: Professor Nick Llewellyn, University of Warwick

24 students attended (21 from the UK and 3 from elsewhere in Europe).

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The meeting included a strong programme of formal and informal activities. It also introduced some excellent ‘skills sessions’ that were run by current EMCA doctoral students. Emily Hofstetter (Loughborough University) outlined the use of Audacity and Audition for editing sound files. Meanwhile Saul Albert (QMUL) discussed the value of CLAN and Docear when working with video data.

The meeting was organised by Jon Hindmarsh, Francesca Salvadori and Zain Nizameddin. It was sponsored by the King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS-DTC) and the Department of Management at King’s College London.

University of Edinburgh, 7th–8th June 2014

Keynote speaker: Professor Liz Stokoe, Loughborough University

23 students attended (8 from Scotland, 10 from elsewhere in the UK and 5 non-UK).

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Beyond the formal sessions, there was also a walk around Edinburgh and an opportunity for dinner and drinks on the Saturday evening. A detailed review of the event by one of the participants, Saul Albert from Queen Mary, University of London, can be found here.

The meeting was organised by Tim Smith and Eric Laurier and sponsored by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (SGS-DTC).

Related events: Mile End Data Session

Following the first workshop in Edinburgh, a group of London-based PhD students decided to set up a series of semi-regular data sessions. They have a data session page which invites people to suggest data they would like to show and gives details of upcoming/previous sessions. The page can be found here. There is also a mailing list to be kept in the loop.

Future meetings

Over the next few years, further events will be held across the UK.

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