Members Forum Newsletter #8 Feb 2022

We hope everyone in the EMCA community was just as excited as we were when the announcement came out for the sixth International Conference on Conversation Analysis, to be held in Brisbane, Australia, 26th June- 2nd July 2023. Like the Olympic Games, it had to be delayed for a year because of COVID, but we can finally start looking forward to the central conference of our community. The call for panels is currently open with a submission deadline on March 4th. For those who haven’t yet had a chance to see it, we want to highlight the various ways in which ICCA-2023 acknowledges the traditional owners of land on which the conference will be held, such as the beautiful logo and Casey Coolwell-Fisher, the artist who made it, and the use of ‘Meanjin’, the original name of the land on which Brisbane was built. Conference chair Ilana Mushin has also just published the first ICCA 2023 newsletter, and you are invited to register an expression of interest to receive regular email updates.

For those who are looking for opportunities to share their research with the EMCA community this year, there are a number of upcoming conferences to consider. Registration will soon open up for the Atypical Interaction Conference, to be held at Newcastle University, 27-29th June. The Digital Meeting for Conversation Analysis will be held from the 31st October – 4th November. This conference will be virtual with sessions across global time zones. If you’re looking for an in-person event, the University of Copenhagen hosts its 7th Multimodality Day on the 4th of November. The day will be headlined by Prof Lorenza Mondada.

In this edition of the newsletter, we’re excited to share two great articles. In her squib, Julia Katila provides a single-case analysis from her larger project on affectionate touch among romantic couples. The second article is by Reihaneh Afshari, PhD candidate at the University of York, and focuses on intercultural matters. Reihaneh uses interactional linguistics to challenge commonly held beliefs in linguistics around the use of “informal” and “polite” pronouns (V-T).


Julia Katila investigates how romantic couples manage affectionate touch in their day-to-day lives. She recorded dozens of hours of the daily lives of seven romantic couples and collected the naturally occurring cases of kissing and hugging. In this squib, she uses a single case to demonstrate how even among romantic couples, touch is not just done, but a careful interactional accomplishment that has a clear trajectory. She gives fascinating insights from what we can definitely see as a taken-for-granted form of human social interaction, and shows how this requires careful coordination by participants.

You can read the full article here: Trajectories of Love: Embodied Negotiations over Physical Togetherness in Romantic Relationships

Intercultural Matters

Reihaneh Afshari uses Interactional Linguistics to investigate emotional expressions in Persian for her PhD at the University of York. In her article, she focuses on how pronoun use is shaped not simple by considerations of power or politeness, as is commonly assumed in linguistics, but shows a strong orientation to the sequential development and actions being done. Using a single case, she demonstrates how the use of “informal” and “polite” pronouns (the T-V distinction) can be used by speakers to address a recipient’s non-engagement with a proposed course of action, to sanction them for crossing the line of acceptable conduct.

You can read the full article here: Orientations to accountability through address forms: the case of Persian V-pronoun addressing an intimate co-interactant


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The sixth International Conference on Conversation Analysis will take place from 26th of June until 2nd of July 2023 in Brisbane (Meanjin), Australia. This conference brings together academics, researchers and service providers to showcase the latest research and best practice in conversation analysis. The theme ‘Branching Out’ reflects the growth and application of conversation analysis in different academic disciplines, different professional and workplace contexts, and across the globe. The Scientific Program Committee invites prospective panel organisers to submit titles and proposals for panel sessions at ICCA 2023.

All panels must follow the instructions and be submitted online before midnight AEST 4 March 2022 (Brisbane, Queensland) (2 PM GMT 4th March).

The first Digital Meeting for Conversation Analysis will take place from October 31st until November 4th. This will be a virtual event, run over Whova, Zoom, and Gather.Town. It is specifically tailored for early career researchers, with lots of training opportunities and plenary panels discussing core concerns for a career in academia, such as publishing and grant writing. The deadline for the call for abstracts is April 30th.

The seventh Copenhagen Multimodality Day will take place on November 4th in Copenhagen, Denmark. This research seminar invites proposals for paper presentations related to video-based studies of interaction. They especially invite researchers working with data on the senses in social interaction from an interactional and video-based perspective. The keynote will be delivered by Prof Lorenza Mondada, University of Basel. Abstracts can be submitted until July 1st, and should be emailed to Brian L. Due.

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