Members Forum Newsletter #5 Apr 2021

The year has gotten off to quite an inauspicious start. While vaccine rollouts show promise for life possibly returning back to normal at some point this year in some parts of the world, the state of the pandemic still means that most of our teaching and research will remain at least partly remote for a while yet. What this means for conferences, such as the International Pragmatics Conference, which is supposed to take place in Switzerland in June/July, remains to be seen. Will we move to a hybrid system or will we stick to a virtual conference?

Fortunately, the Publications Committee does not let something like remote working get in the way of a good newsletter. Some of you may already have seen the new State of Talk podcast interview with Lorenza Mondada, which went up a few weeks ago. We also have two fascinating articles: a squib by Ariel Vázquez, who discusses some interesting observations from a fruit and vegetable shop, and Virginia Calabria and Sophia Fiedler present an actual analysis of the CORE-ILCA group, a community of early career researcher in EMCA.

Starting this Newsletter, we will also include a few short announcements that are relevant to the ISCA community. If you want to share something like a call for papers or a conference, the first place to look remains the EMCA Wiki. But we will highlight short announcements in each Newsletter, so do send your tweet-length summary announcements to if you’d like them to be included. Note, however that the newsletter only goes out four times a year, the next one in July, and we cannot guarantee exactly when.


In this edition, Ariel Vázquez Carranza takes a preliminary look at how ‘territories of knowledge’, ie. who knows and is entitled to know what, are made relevant in a fruit and vegetable shop in Mexico. He shows how participants manage the epistemic rights that come with their institutional roles of buyer and seller in the interaction. He demonstrates that these epistemic rights are made observable not only through linguistic tools, but also through embodied action.

The squib is a short paper in which the authors provide a preliminary analysis of an interesting phenomenon. The format is something between a conference presentation and a manuscript for publication. Although not formally peer reviewed, the idea is that it provides authors an opportunity to share their analysis at a point where they are not yet ready to write up a manuscript, and want to invite comments and ideas from the community so do please read and comment on the squib: Some preliminary observations on epistemic asymmetry in a Mexican fruit and vegetable shop.

Celebrating CORE-ILCA

Early career researchers in the fields of Conversation Analysis, Ethnomethodology, and Interactional Linguistics banded together year ago to set up a virtual community. By coming together, the group creates opportunities for the international community to have discussions about their own research as well as interesting papers, to build collaborations and networks, and just to have a supportive environment. In this brief article, Virginia Calabria and Sophia Fiedler discuss how CORE-ILCA is interactionally organised, how and why the group was founded, and what they have planned for the future.

Read and comment on the full article here: The emergence of CORE-ILCA as an interactionally organized social phenomenon

Podcasts: State of Talk

In our State of Talk podcast, we had the opportunity to talk to Lorenza Mondada (University of Basel) about how she gets all that interesting data. In addition, the CA Day archive has been growing and growing. Currently available are talks from 2009–2015, including gems like ‘Visible deflation’ from Rebecca Clift and ‘Patients, professionals and plumbers: tales from the interface between CA and healthcare’ from Alison Pilnick.

You can listen to State of Talk via Apple PodcastsSpotify, or here on the ISCA website. The podcast is run by Saul Albert, Yumei Gan, Elliott Hoey, Jack Joyce, Holly Sansone, and Sam Schirm.

Short Announcements

New dates for ICCA 2023 in Brisbane: After taking the difficult decision to delay ICCA, the ISCA board and the ICCA 2023 local organizing committee have set new dates for the conference (June 28th-July 2nd 2023): The pre-conference workshops are scheduled for June 26–28, 2023. The conference itself will then start in the evening of June 28th and will end on Sunday July 2nd, 2023. 

The International Conference on CA and Psychotherapy will take place from the 7th until the 9th October in at the University of Ghent in Belgium. The conference will bring together conversation analysts and researchers from related disciplines who study psychotherapy or other types of mental health care encounters, such as counselling or psychiatric consultations. It also aims to further the dialogue between CA, clinical psychotherapy research and clinical work. Keynote presentations will be given by Robert Elliott and Alexa Hepburn. It is still possible to submit abstracts, although the deadline is soon: April 30th.

Prof Mehmet Ali Icbay from the Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University is asking your participation in a survey to better understand the EMCA community. The survey aims to answer questions about the motivations of EMCA scholars to choose their particular field, the advantages and disadvantages of being an EMCA scholar, and the leading problems in the EMCA community. You can fill in the survey online. We are, of course, very curious about the outcomes of this study and look forward to hearing more.

If you would like to send EMCA-related announcements out with the ISCA newsletter as well as on the EMCA wiki, please send them to, copying in, and state that you would like the announcement both on the Wiki and in the Newsletter. Please include a tweet-length (~240 character length) version of your news!

The ISCA Publications Team

  • Maha Al Ayyash – Jeddah University
  • Saul Albert – University of Loughborough
  • Daniela Andrade – Unisinos University, Brazil
  • Eniola Boluwaduro – Redeemer’s University, Nigeria
  • Vittoria Colla – University of Bologna
  • Yumei Gan – The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Veronica González Temer – University of Educational Sciences Chile
  • Elle Henderson – Victoria University of Wellington
  • Elliott Hoey – University of Basel
  • Emily Hofstetter – University of Linköping
  • Jack Joyce – Ulster University
  • Stamatina Katsiveli-Siachou – Queen Mary University of London
  • Holly Sansone – Queensland University of Technology
  • Sam Schirm – University of Waterloo
  • Lucas Seuren – University of Oxford
  • Emma Tennent – Victoria University of Wellington
  • Katherina Walper – Austral University of Chile
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