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CA Day 2023, Monday 18th December (hybrid)

December 18, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm GMT


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Loughborough University’s Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG) hosts its 12th Conversation Analysis Day on Monday the 18th December 2023, 9:30am-5:30 (followed by an evening reception with food and wine), supported by the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture.

Join us for a (hybrid) meeting comprising a series of paper presentations in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

Invited Speakers

  • Charlotte Albury: Inside the Spider’s web: Conversation analysis and health behaviour change
  • Eric Laurier: Ending the riot and claiming the crowd: The 2021 Capitol Riot
  • Geoff Raymond: Reality Disjunctures in News Comedy Interviews: A Naturally Occurring Experiment in Action Formation and Ascription

Call for Papers

Time Title Presenter
09:00 – 09:25 Registration, tea and coffee
09:25 – 09:30 Welcome to CA Day
09:30 -10:00 The accountability of doubting: Sanctioning speakers for conveying doubt or skepticism about “unquestionable claims” Lotte van Burgsteden, Hedwig te Molder (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) & Geoffrey Raymond (University of California, Santa Barbara)
10:00 -10:30 Reported speech as a resource for doing more than agreeing in parent-teacher conferences Giorgia Pellegrino (Università di Bologna)
10.30 – 11:15 Invited talk 1: Ending the riot and claiming the crowd: The 2021 Capitol Riot Eric Laurier (University of Edinburgh)
11:15-11.45 Break – tea and coffee and #CAkeOff2023
11:45- 12:15 The phonetics of laughing in conversation Richard Ogden & Marina Cantarutti (University of York)
12:15 – 13:00 Invited talk 2: Inside the Spider’s web: Conversation analysis and health behaviour change Charlotte Albury (Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30 ACCESS DENIED! How assistance dog handlers and taxi drivers negotiate taxi access Jamie Aranthoon (York St John University)
14:30- 15:00 ‘Mediated evidentiality’ – how talk about social media use offers a novel way to show ‘what’s real’ Julie WIlkes
15:00 – 15:30 From a religious label to a taboo: the negotiation of shushables in interaction Virginia Calabria (Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford) & Maria Eleonora Sciubba (Tilburg University)
15:30 – 16:00 Break – tea and coffee and #CAkeOff2023
16:00 – 16:30  

 Navigational trouble: humans and autonomous delivery robots in the street


Stuart Reeves (University of Nottingham), Hannah Pelikan (Linköping University) & Marina Cantarutti (University of York)
16:30 -17:15 Invited talk 3: Reality Disjunctures in News Comedy Interviews: A Naturally Occurring Experiment in Action Formation and Ascription Geoffrey Raymond (University of California, Santa Barbara)
17:15 – 17:45 Digital poster presentations (presenters – see our digital poster preparation how-to).

  • Language alternation to scaffold learning in EMI classrooms – Sameya Priom (University of Edinburgh)
  • Non-serious talk as a practice in repair sequences in conversations involving Mandarin speakers with aphasia – Xinxin Yang, Ray Wilkinson (University of Sheffield)
  • From ‘don’t be rude’ to ‘an ugly experience of xenophobia’: How a radio presenter responds to a caller’s abuse – Yarong Xie (University of Edinburgh) and Kevin Durrheim (University of Johannesburg)
  • Examining Parent-Child Interactions in British Junior Tennis: A Conversation Analysis of the Post-Competition Car Journey – Sam Thrower (Oxford Brookes), Magnus Hamann (Loughborough University), Elizabeth Stokoe (LSE), Chris Harwood (Nottingham Trent University)
  • Recruitment in the Crafting Classroom: Addressing and Assistance- Rosario Neyra (University of York)
  • How to end a telling: the case of Catalan final particle i au- Natàlia Server Benetó (Ohio State University)
  • Banal Democracy: A Discursive Psychological Approach to the Invocation of Democracy in Political Rhetoric – Alexander Hunt, Stephen Gibson, Marc Alexander (Heriot-Watt University)
  • “It’s not an emergency but…”: Activity categorisation during incipient and borderline emergency calls – Alexandra Kent (Keele University), Heidi Kevoe-Feldman, (Northeastern University)
  • Involuntary psychiatric detention in public spaces: Crisis and mental health disclosure in professional sport – Christopher Elsey (De Montfort University)
  • Negotiating and resisting membership : “I am not a populist” – Barbara De Cock, Philippe Hambye, Nadezda Shchinova, (UCLouvain), Laura Filardo-Llamas, (Universidad de Valladolid)
  • The order-in-traffic as an interactional accomplishment – Mehmet Ali Icbay (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
17:45 – close Drinks and pizza @ Brockington




Please register (separately from submitting an abstract) on the Loughborough event booking system here: 

In person registration is open on a first come, first served basis but (unless you are submitting a paper), but we only have space for 70 people this year, so make sure you register soon!

Once we have reached capacity, you can join the waiting list. Normally a number of registrants withdraw before the conference, and we allocate their places to those waiting. Most withdrawals happen close to the conference date, though, so you may not be sure about a place for some time.

Attendance costs:

  • In-person: £25, or £20 for students/unwaged, which pays for refreshments and the evening reception, but not lunch.
  • Online-only: £5, which helps to pay for other event costs and for someone to look after the stream/questions etc.


We would also like to invite you to participate in the grand CA Day #CAkeOff2023 competition, which will be held in hybrid format again this year.

Cat Holt's winning entry to #CAkeOff2022

Cat Holt’s winning ‘edible transcript’ entry to #CAkeOff2022

For those planning on participating in the competition in-person, please bring your cakes to CA day where our fabulous keynotes Charlotte Albury, Eric Laurier, and Geoff Raymond will judge, along with enthusiastic participation from all other CA Day in-person delegates.

For those participating online, we invite you to participate by sending a 5-10 second naturalistic video clip of someone eating your cake to our esteemed online #CAkeOff2023 judge Sally Wiggins ( Please make sure to capture the cake recipient’s responses (e.g., gustatory ‘mms’, lip smacks, or, perish the thought, ‘yucks’). Please send in your videos before CA day to provide adequate time for judging. Grand prizes will be awarded during the closing ceremony!

Venue information

Please contact Saul ( with any queries.
We’ll be in the Brockington Extension, Room U.0.05. Use these links for travel and campus map.
Added: Here’s a list of University accommodation. Other hotels are also available. Overseas visitors: the closest airport is East Midlands Airport (EMA), Birmingham Airport is not too far.

Follow the #CAday2023 hashtag on whatever social media platforms still exist.

Please also follow DARG_sessions on X, on mastodon, and the CRCC on X and CRCC on Mastodon

Register for CA day | Abstracts


December 18, 2023
9:30 am - 5:30 pm GMT




Brockington Building, U.0.05
Loughborough University
Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU United Kingdom
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