A Half-Century of Studies


July 10-13, 2017
Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, USA

SAVE THE DATE: IIEMCA 2017 will take place July 10-13, 2017 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, USA. Join us to celebrate “A Half-Century of Studies“:

Harold Garfinkel’s Studies in Ethnomethodology was published in 1967, and Harvey Sacks’ Lectures on Conversation (originally delivered from 1964 through 1972) was published in 1992. Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis are now well into their second half-century, and thousands of studies in EMCA produced by hundreds of researchers are now in hand. With its theme of “A Half-Century of Studies,” IIEMCA 2017 will bring together an international community, not only to celebrate the ‘golden anniversary’ of Garfinkel’s Studies and the ‘silver anniversary’ of Sacks’ Lectures, but also and more importantly to provide an occasion to present empirical studies that exemplify “for another first time” what EMCA is about.

Confirmed plenary speakers include: Peter Eglin (Wilfrid Laurier University), Irene Koshik (University of Illinois), Michael Lynch (Cornell University), and Anne Rawls (Bentley University).

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Proposal submission window will be September 15 – November 15, 2016. Questions can be emailed to

Past Conferences and Workshops

Prior to the IIEMCA’s establishment in 1989, a number of summer workshops and conferences on ethnomethodology were held at Boston University; in addition, from 1989-1991 the organization sponsored or co-sponsored several international conferences (see HISTORY). Since 2001, several IIEMCA conferences have been held: in July 2011 the conference was held at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, in August 2005 at Bentley College, Waltham, MA, in July 2003 and 2001 at Manchester Metropolitan University (see submenu to this one).