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Conversation analysis and healthcare interactions online workshop

January 25 - January 26

£25 – £100

Online workshop in conversation analysis and healthcare interactions

  • Led by by Marco Pino and Ruth Parry and co-organised by Charles Antaki, Laura Jenkins, and Magnus Hamann
  • Loughborough University
  • Thursday 25th and Friday 26th January 2024

Conversation analysis (CA) is used increasingly in the scientific study of diverse health care and medical interactions, ranging from primary to secondary and tertiary care settings. CA has been used to examine numerous activities, from how patients introduce their problems to the ways in which medical decisions are negotiated and communicated. CA studies range from basic work on the fundamentals of human interaction, to applied research aimed at contributing to service improvement.

What does this workshop cover?

The workshop will provide an overview of the application of CA to healthcare interactions, including interactions between medical doctors, patients, and (on occasions) family members, and interactions with other healthcare professionals. The workshop will include in-depth information and practical work on CA’s methodology (including data analysis) and examination of some key findings of CA research in healthcare. The workshop aims to enable learning and enhancement of participants’ skills in CA’s methods of analysis.

How is the workshop structured?

This 2-day workshop will run from 10am to 3.30pm (GMT) on the first day and 9am-4pm (GMT) on the second day. It will be delivered online using Microsoft Teams.

Short presentations by the facilitators will cover fundamental aspects of CA and its applications to the study of healthcare interactions. However, workshop time will largely be dedicated to practical sessions and small-group assignments focusing on original data (provided by the facilitators) in a range of healthcare settings. There will be a strong emphasis on hands-on experience of working with data alongside feedback from and discussion with facilitators. We will ask participants to complete a short activity in their own time after the end of the first workshop day.

Who is the workshop for?

The workshop is open to postgraduates, post-docs, researchers, practitioners, and faculty who have some familiarity with CA as a research methodology (including CA transcription conventions). Note: if are not already familiar with CA and want to attend this workshop, we recommend that you first attend our workshop ‘CA for beginners’, scheduled for the 18th of January 2024 (you will need to apply for this separately by contacting

The number of participants will be restricted to 20 in order to maximise opportunities for participation in the online environment.

Registration fee: – For employed academics, practitioners, and PhD students with training budgets: £100 – For unwaged academics, practitioners, and PhD students without training budgets: £25 – Commercial applicants: please get in touch with us to discuss your participation We encourage potential attenders who are unwaged or otherwise less able to afford the registration to contact the organisers as fees are negotiable in some circumstances.

To apply

Please send an email to introducing yourself and telling us about your existing knowledge of CA and your plans for using CA in your own research or practice.

We will reserve extra places for applications from regions where there are fewer EMCA training opportunities (see

Deadline for applications: 15th December 2023.


January 25
January 26
£25 – £100
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