Welcome to the XVI annual conference on Conversation Analysis to be held in Jyväskylä on February 16-17, 2017.

The theme of the conference is Applied Conversation Analysis.

For over a half century Conversation Analysis has provided a multidisciplinary and multimodal approach to researching social interaction. Its core aim has been to describe social action and to make visible its practices and organization. Side by side with the basic CA research, there has been research aiming to recognize the potential challenges of social interaction, especially in institutional settings. This work is often referred to as applied conversation analysis.

According to Antaki (2011), conversation analytic research that includes an applied perspective can be divided into six types:

  1. studies that respecify the basic intellectual foundations of divergent fields of study,
  2. studies that describe the organization of different institutions and practices thereof in order to improve them,
  3. studies that examine the macro-societal issues and problems and make them transparent at the micro level,
  4. studies that aim to understand ‘disordered talk’ and challenge the cognitive understanding of disorder and deficiency,
  5. studies that aim to correlate sequential features of talk with clinical disorders, and
  6. studies that identify pre-existing interactional problems and resolve them collaboratively through intervention.

We hope that the conference theme will encourage participants to reflect on what applied conversation analysis means in their own research. When is conversation analytic research considered to be applied? Who applies it and for what purposes? Who benefits from the findings of applied conversation analytic research and how? We also hope that the theme will generate lively discussion on the applicability of conversation analysis in different settings and environments.

Our invited plenary speaker is Professor Elizabeth Stokoe (Loughborough, UK). In addition to her research, she is known for CARM, a method that she has developed for disclosing the conversation analytical findings for different audiences.

In addition to the key note, the conference program includes a panel discussion in which invited professionals of different fields are given an opportunity to share their views on social interaction and its research. Together with the researchers of the respective fields they discuss the usefulness of academic knowledge and research results, the different perspectives of the researcher and the professional, and issues related to research ethics. The audience is also warmly encouraged to comment and ask questions.

Welcome to Jyväskylä!


Organizing committee:

Leila Kääntä
Tuire Oittinen (secretary)
Arja Piirainen-Marsh
Riikka Nissi
Tanja Vehkakoski
Petteri Laihonen
Teppo Jakonen
Kreeta Niemi