Category Archives: Teaching

Guest blog: Saul Albert and colleagues on the “Conversational Rollercoaster” EM/CA exhibition

Conversation Analysis is hardly known as a spectator sport, yet it offers a great way to involve members of the public to see what interactional research might look like. Saul Albert organised a superb demonstration, lasting over four days, of CA analysts from Queen Mary, Loughborough, Keele, York, Oxford, and Roehampton working at a major London science exhibition. This is his report.


Saul Albert, Queen Mary University of London

New Scientist Live is one of the largest science festivals in the UK, so when they asked our Cognitive Science group at Queen Mary University to propose a hands-on public engagement activity, I challenged myself to come up with a way to ‘demo’ EM/CA.

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Spoofing the predatory “open-access” journals

As an author, you want to put your work in a place where it will be read widely. Indeed the people funding your research (including your own University) may demand that you find a way of doing so. But not every journal promising open access to your work is quite what it seems…. Continue reading

Guest blog: Andrew Carlin on the ‘Directions in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis’ series

Several publishers have series devoted to interactional studies, and among them is the ever-lively collection Directions in Ethnomethodology & Conversation Analysis. Andrew Carlin has kindly agreed to give us an account of the scope and range of the series, and what the collection is trying to do.

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Andrew Carlin

With the closure in 1994 of George Psathas’ Studies in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, there was a need for a new book series that was recognized as an outlet dedicated to high quality ethnomethodological and conversation-analytic research. Continue reading

Entertaining video clips for teaching (5)

Jenny Mandelbaum offers these videos that she and colleagues use in teaching CA at Rutgers:

Jenny adds that YouTube has a free downloader, called YTD Video Downloader, available at

Data sessions around the world

Many groups of language-in-interaction researchers have regular meetings at which they look over a recording and share their analytic insights. These data-sessions can be a very useful and productive way of generating ideas, as well as being enjoyable occasions for like-minded researchers to feel part of a community.

Over the next weeks we shall be drawing up a list of these data sessions, to have a record of them in one place.

If anyone would like to add their group to the list, do please contact us at

Entertaining clips for teaching (4)

Another set of video clips useful for teaching language in interaction, this time from Edward Reynolds (University of New Hampshire):

Entertaining clips for teaching (2)

More clips useful for teaching, suggested by Adam Brandt (Newcastle-upon-Tyne):

Entertaining video clips to use in teaching (1)

Prompted by a suggestion made by Tim Halkowski, Ruth Parry (Nottingham) and other colleagues have been identifying clips from TV shows and so on that they might use to help get across language-in-interaction concepts to students.

I’ll put up their suggestions as they come in.

Ruth Parry: