LANSI talk with Elizabeth Stokoe, March 23th Wednesday 5:00-6:30 PM

| February 24, 2011

Conversations, Categories, and Applications:  Methods for Analysing Interaction

Elizabeth Stokoe

Loughborough University, UK

Room: RH 305

Time: March 23th Wednesday 5:00-6:30 PM

This talk will explore some key issues and questions for  ethnomethodologically-inspired interaction analysts, including 1) what sorts of interactional phenomenon can we investigate systematically, 2) what issues are raised by focusing on sequential and/or categorical or ‘topic-based’ concerns, and 3) how can we apply findings from close empirical analyses of interaction in a world  where ‘impact’ and ‘usefulness’ matters? Drawing on data collected for a range of different projects, including television programmes, speed-dating, police interrogation, neighbour mediation, and domestic conversations, I will attempt to navigate a path through these issues and questions … and answer them.

Elizabeth Stokoe is Professor of Social Interaction in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. Her current research interests are in conversation analysis, membership categorization, and social interaction in various ordinary and institutional settings, including educational talk, neighbour mediation, police interrogation, role-play and simulated interaction. She is the author of Discourse and Identity (with Bethan Benwell, Edinburgh University Press, 2006) and co-editor of Conversation and Gender (with Susan Speer, Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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