10th Conference of the IIEMCA
July, 2011: “10th Conference of the IIEMCA”, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
The 10th Conference of the International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis was held at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) from July 10th-14th, 2011. The Conference gathered 231 participants in total, of which a third were students, from 24 countries and a very large array of disciplines which went far beyond the traditional areas of Social Sciences and Linguistics. The program included four plenary conferences – by Douglas Maynard, Christian Heath & Paul Luff, Wes Sharrock, Marja-Leena Sorjonen – 118 papers in panels and individual paper sessions, 4 data sessions and a poster exhibition. We were honored to include Harold Garfinkel tribute events consisting of an exhibition of testimonies, 5 workshops given by Jörg Bergmann, Graham Button, Peter Eglin, Timothy Koschmann and Kenneth Liberman, and a tribute organized by Douglas Maynard. This brought together presentations by Michael Lynch, Douglas Macbeth, Douglas Maynard, Yoshifumi Mizukawa and Wes Sharrock. The Conference featured contributions from both the ethnomethodological and conversation analysis traditions in a spirit of mutual enrichment. On this common ground, several different fields and approaches were represented: interactional linguistics, membership categorization analysis, multimodal analysis, studies of work, workplace studies, and phenomenological and ethnographic studies. The Conference provided ample possibilities to interact about our work, get to know each other better, and forge new ties, while discovering the University, the City and the Canton of Fribourg. Running in parallel, the IIEMCA Steering Committee had several meetings to discuss the next Conference and more broadly a project to move the Institute forward. A Planning Committee was put together to work on these two areas and to update the EMCA community.