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Summer Institute for Advanced Conversation Analysis

Galina Bolden

Organizers/Facilitators:

Paul Drew, Loughborough University
John Heritage, University of California, Los Angeles

 Jeffrey D. Robinson, Portland State University

Barbara A. Fox, University of Colorado, Boulder

 Chase Raymond, University of Colorado, Boulder

 Marja-Leena Sorjonen, University of Helsinki

 

This 5-day institute is designed to hone the conversation-analytic skills of scholars who have already received formal training in CA fundamentals. This includes relatively advanced students who have taken CA courses, as well as faculty who have published CA work. The Institute will involve the six facilitators listed above and a small group of 36 participants, which will promote deep and individualized interaction. All training will be organized around audio- and video-taped mundane (i.e., non-institutional), English-language data, which will be provided by the facilitators.

Each day of the Institute will include the following:

  1. (1)  a plenary talk by one of the facilitators;

  2. (2)  a small-group data session (~12 persons) that will involve two facilitators who will change daily such

    that all participants will ultimately have access to all facilitators. The focus of these sessions will include

    various issues related to the fundamentals of turn-taking, sequence organization, repair, and so on;

  3. (3)  a project session in which small groups of participants (~6 persons) will, over the course of the week, form and refine a collection of cases toward the identification of a practice. Again, facilitators will rotate

    daily such that all participants will ultimately have access to all facilitators; and

  4. (4)  after-hours homework assignments to be completed for the next day by small sub-groups of

    participants.

Rather than formal lecturing, the emphasis of the Institute is hands-on, practical data work. Although the Institute involves training, we refer to ‘facilitators’ – as opposed to ‘teachers’ or ‘instructors’ – because the aim is to learn from and with each other toward the goal of strengthening CA as a discipline.

Registration:

The cost of the Institute is $300 US dollars for (post)graduate students, and $500 US dollars for salaried researchers/faculty. This cost includes five days of training, training materials, and light refreshments (e.g., water, coffee, cookies) during the training. Participants are responsible for securing their own airfare/transportation, lodging, and main meals (e.g., breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Because the Institute is limited to 36 participants who are already experienced with CA, attendance will be based on an application process. Applicants should email Chase Raymond (Chase.Raymond@colorado.edu) and include the name of their Ph.D. advisor and/or mentors, a list and brief description of CA courses/workshops they have taken, and a PDF-copy of their curriculum vitae. Facilitators will begin reviewing applications on October 28th, 2016, and early submission of your materials is recommended. Applicants will be notified of acceptance as soon as possible, hopefully within several weeks.

Any questions should be directed to Chase Raymond at the email address listed above.