CA Data Sessions South

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CA Data Sessions South

CA Data Sessions South (CADSS) is an EMCA working and developmental group that runs regular data and developmental sessions for analysts at all levels of development. CADSS provides regular data sessions for participants to engage in sustained analytical practice through shared analysis and discussion of presented excerpts from members' data. Additionally, CADSS offers a series of developmental sessions that enables participants to learn about, and discuss key topics in CA, and examine how these have been applied to healthcare interactions.

About CA Data Sessions South

CA Data Sessions South has developed as a partnership of academics with a shared interest in conversation analysis. Our convenor team is as follows:

Lead Convenor

Simon Stewart - University of Southampton

Convenor Team

Name Institution
Dr Mike Bracher University of Southampton
Dr Iris Nomikou University of Portsmouth
Dr Alessandra Fasulo University of Portsmouth
Leanne Chrisostomou University of Portsmouth
Professor Lisa Roberts University of Southampton
Professor Gerry Leydon University of Southampton
Dr Lucy Brindle University of Southampton
Dr Catherine Woods University of Southampton

Data Sessions

Data sessions take place on the last Thursday of every month, and are announced on the CADSS Twitter Feed These data sessions represent a fundamental part of conversation analysis, and CADSS remains open to participants and presenters at all levels of development. Data sessions offer a fantastic opportunity for sustained analytical practice, but also are an excellent forum for learning about the practical aspects of doing conversation analysis by observing what happens in these mutually inspiring analytical playgrounds.

Developmental Sessions

CADSS has developed a series of educational sessions where participants can learn about the core concepts and topics of conversation analysis, and discuss how these have been applied to healthcare interactions. The ten-part series is delivered in between the data sessions and serves as a gentle introduction to some of the core concepts of conversation analysis, while offering an examination into how these have applied to a specific, institutionalised setting. Each session has a set of reading materials, learning objectives, and key questions that are addressed during the discussion session. In addition to this, a mini-lecture is recorded for each session that offers an overview of the key topic under discussion along with some examples of how it has been applied to a particular healthcare setting.

Schedule of developmental sessions

Session Topic/Concept Base reading Focus Reading
1 Overview of CA in Health: Action sequences, Composite Actions, Turn Components Drew (2001) Conversation Analysis: A method for research into interactions between patients and healthcare professionals Toerien et al (2018) Generating the perception of choice: the remarkable malleability of option listing
2 Methodology of CA Handbook of CA Chapter 5 - Basic CA Methods Drew (2001) Conversation Analysis: A method for research into interactions between patients and healthcare professionals
3 Turn Design Handbook of CA Chapter 7: Turn Design Stivers (2018) Treatment Recommendations as Actions
4 Turn Taking Handbook of CA Chapter 8: Turn Construction and the Transition Relevance Place Stivers (2001) Negotiating Who Presents the Problem: Next Speaker Selection in Pediatric Encounters
5 Sequence Organisation 1 Handbook of CA Chapter 10: Sequence Organization Toerien & Jackson (2019) - Seeing silenced agendas in medical interaction: A conversation analytic case study
6 Sequence Organisation 2 Handbook of CA Chapter 10: Sequence Organization Maynard et al (2014) End of life conversations, appreciation sequences and the interaction order in cancer clinics
7 Embodied Action and Organisation Handbook of CA Chapter 14: Embodied Action and Organizational Activity McArthur, A. (2018). Getting pain on the table in primary care physical exams
8 Preference Handbook of CA Chapter 11: Preference Heritage et al (2007) Reducing Patients' Unmet Concerns in Primary Care: the Difference One Word Can Make
9 Repair Robinson (2006) Managing Trouble Responsibility and Relationships During Conversational Repair Themistocleous et al (2009) Establishing mutual understanding in interaction: An analysis of conversational repair in psychiatric consultations
10 Storytelling Handbook Chapter 24: Storytelling in Conversation Turowetz (2015) The interactional production of a Clinical Fact in a Case of Autism


You can find all of the reading materials for our developmental sessions using the following links: Core reading materials Optional reading materials

Engaging with CADSS


The best way to connect with CA Data Sessions South is through our Twitter page. Click here, and follow for news of upcoming events.


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