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The one-day workshops are intended for established social scientists and advanced research students. We will address sites of contemporary cultural transformation, exploring in particular the potential contributions of linguistic ethnography.


Milton Keynes, 16 February 2008



London, 15 November 2008



London, 23 January 2009



London, 18 September 2009


Linguistic Ethnography and Sociocultural Psychology in conversation: a workshop on educational dialogue and classroom interaction

Saturday, 16th February 2008, 10:00-16:30
The Open University, Milton Keynes

How should we make sense of classroom discourse? Thirty years of research have produced a broad range of methodological approaches and corresponding interpretations. Some researchers have focused on how teachers and pupils interact around academic content, discussing for example the relative merits of “procedural display”, scaffolding or dialogue. Others have attended to processes of social identification and power relations, producing accounts, for example, of cultural reproduction, labelling, resistance and “third spaces”. Different sets of methods of data selection and analysis have been brought to bear on these two largely distinct sets of questions, and rarely have both been brought together in the same study. 

This workshop seeks to bring these diverse perspectives on classroom discourse – in particular, Sociocultural Psychology and Linguistic Ethnography – into cross-disciplinary conversation.  It aims to use the contrast of various methods for studying discourse data as an opportunity to probe affordances and limitations, and to investigate possibilities for integration and/or borrowing. 

Speakers and discussants include

  • Professor Kris Guttierez, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Professor Neil Mercer, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Ben Rampton, King’s College London

Data analysis will be at the centre of the workshop, and participants will be provided with opportunities to immerse themselves in classroom discourse data, review analytic techniques, and come to terms with competing interpretations.  Data will primarily focus on the issue of educational dialogue, which has become a particularly timely issue in both research and policy.

Fee: £30 (including lunch), £15 for PhD students.  Spaces are strictly limited, so early registration is advised.

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Asylum and the Analysis of Language

Saturday, 15 November 2008, 10.30-17.00
King's College London

Language and discourse have become increasingly important in asylum application procedures in many western countries.  Cases get decided on the basis of the languages that the applicant speaks (ethno-linguistic identification) and/or on the coherence, clarity or detail of the story they tell (their discourse).  The critical role that language and discourse play in asylum application procedures is central to a growing body of research that combines linguistics with ethnography.  In this workshop, we present some of this work, address its validity, and consider the wider implications of the use of language analysis in immigration and asylum cases.

The presenters:

  • Professor Jan Blommaert (Finland Distinguished Professor of Linguistic  Anthropology at Jyväskylä University) specializes in migration, discourse and African languages.
  • Dr Katryn Maryns (Antwerp Center for Pragmatics) recently published 'The Asylum Speaker', a book based on close-up first-hand observation of the Belgian asylum procedure.

The programme:

10.30 - 11.00: Registration & coffee/tea
11.00 - 11.45: Overview and introduction: Katrijn Maryns
11.45 - 13.15: Data session: Jan Blommaert
13.15 - 14.00: Lunch
14.00 - 15.30: Data session: Katrijn Maryns
15.30 - 15.45: Tea & coffee
15.45 - 16.45: Discussion (discussant: Adrian Blackledge)

Fee: £30 (including lunch), £15 for PhD students.  Spaces are limited, so early registration is advised.

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Health communication: new methods for old problems

Friday 23rd January 2009
King's College London
Waterloo Campus

Room 1.71, Franklin-Wilkins Building

Language and communication are central to medical practice. Disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and linguistics have long histories of rich and interesting research in medical settings, and the boundaries between many social scientific disciplines are increasingly blurring. In contrast, medical science has been slow to learn from research in other disciplines, particularly research which challenges medical orthodoxy. This health communication day will discuss breaching the boundaries between medical science and ethnography and language analysis, to consider how to communicate productively across different paradigms.

This is part of the ESRC funded Researcher Development Initiative on Ethnography, Language and Communication run by King's College London and the Institute of Education. This programme offers training in  the added value of combining ethnographic and sociolinguistic research approaches (i.e. understanding the ‘culture’ of medical settings, and combining this with a detailed analysis of language).

The day is structured around two keynote speakers whose background is in interaction and discourse. Two discussants with a background in medicine will then respond. There will also be opportunities to analyse data in small groups and to find out more about how health communication researchers have used language and ethnography in their research.

Keynote speakers: 
Professor Srikant Sarangi, Director of the Health Communication Research Centre, Cardiff University
Dr Sarah Collins, Lecturer in Healthcare Communication, University of York

Professor Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Health Care, University College London
Professor Angus Clarke, Professor in Clinical Genetics, Cardiff University

Fee: £30 (including lunch), £15 for PhD students. Spaces are limited, so early registration is advised.  To register, fill out an registration form and submit to

New Media: Analyzing Representation and Communication in Digital Environments

Friday 18th September 2009, 10am-4pm
London Knowledge Lab, Emerald Street, London

The workshop is focused on the use of ethnographic tools for analyzing interaction in digital environments. We will look at methods of inquiry based on observation, interviews and textual analysis, to address such questions as, How do people learn in online environments? How does digital media production shape the display of identity? How do users and players in interactive multimodal environments make use of the resources available to them? The workshop highlights research into representation and communication in digital environments, exploring

  • How observational approaches can be used alongside textual analysis to analyze popular media production practices across different contexts, taking game-making by young people as a case study;
  • How interviews, participant observation and textual analysis can be used to do research into online identity, learning, research ethics and social practices in online worlds, including Second Life and World of Warcraft;
  • How a screen-based ethnographic perspective can be used in computer-mediated communication studies to research the semiotics of Web 2 environments, especially Facebook and YouTube.

Speakers and discussants

  • Dr Caroline Pelletier, Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies and Education, Institute of Education, Department of Learning, Curriculum and Communication
  • Dr Diane Carr, Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, Institute of Education, London Knowledge Lab
  • Dr Jannis Androutsopoulos, Reader in Sociolinguistics and Media Discourse, King’s College London
  • Dr Carey Jewitt, Reader in Education and Technology, London Knowledge Lab


9.30   Registration
10.00 Welcome and introduction by Jeff Bezemer
10.15 Caroline Pelletier on analysing game-making
11.30 Tea and coffee
11.45 Diane Carr on analysing games, gaming and social worlds
13.00 Lunch
13.45 Jannis Androutsopoulos on analysing Web 2 environments
15.00 Discussion led by Carey Jewitt
16.00 End


Please register using this form. Fee: £30 (including lunch), £15 for PhD students. Spaces are limited, so early registration is advised.



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