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Seminar in the North

This one-day seminar explores the possibilities and problems of employing ethnographic approaches in the analysis of verbal and textual data, and provides a forum to discuss how such methods can complement other perspectives and methods of inquiry.  Linguistic Ethnography provides a rich set of tools for examining such issues as the social construction of identity and the social dynamics of institutional cultures and practices.

The seminar builds on the Key Concepts and Methods Course and will be facilitated by members of the organising team.  The day will give participants an opportunity to try the analytic approach in data workshops, and a friendly and lively atmosphere in which to engage in open discussion on the relevance of these approaches to participants’ research settings and the possibilities for cross fertilisation and collaboration.

The data sessions will include material from previous participants in the ESRC course who have incorporated Linguistic Ethnographic approaches into their subsequent work. Research students and early career researchers are particularly welcome. A short list of recommended readings will be provided upon registration to foster quality of discussion and engagement with data workshops on the day. Informal arrangements for an evening meal for those who wish will be arranged on the day.

Where and when




22 May 2009


University of Glasgow, Faculty of Education


11.00-11.45 Introduction to the development of multi-method approaches to discourse and social interaction analysis. Ben Rampton
11.45-13.15 Data session examining the approach within an educational context: Towards Dialogue: A Linguistic Ethnographic Study of Classroom Interaction and Change. Adam Lefstein and Julia Snell
13.15-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Small group data sessions facilitated by Ben Rampton, Adam Lefstein, and Jeff Bezemer


Concluding discussion



This seminar is now fully booked . To be added to the reserve list please return the registration form to:

Beth Cross
Adam Smith Research Foundation
66 Oakfield Ave
Glasgow G12 8LS



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