Conversation Analysis

The CA Working Group continues to foster the growing community of conversation analytic scholars through a facilitation of scholarly exchange between faculty and graduate students within the Department. We are proud of our relations with other Sociology Working Groups and with the broader UCLA community. Our working group continues to attract language and social interaction scholars from a range of allied departments and centers at the University. 

Our primary goal is to establish and strengthen ties between graduate students and faculty working in our field within the Department of Sociology.  At present the CA faculty have a range of courses and data analysis seminars detailing the substance and methodology of conversation analysis. The working group is distinctive in providing a forum in which students can try out ideas for potential publications, showcase their own data sets, and test run relatively developed papers for conferences and symposia.  Correspondingly, the working group provides students and faculty with an opportunity to witness and provide critical feedback on works in progress by faculty and other scholars.  


Fall 2018 Events



Thursday, October 18th:

Clara Bergen

PhD Candidate, UCLA Dept. of Sociology
"Talk About Being 'Unhealthy': Discussions of Health Behaviors and Their Circumstances
in Primary Care"
5:00-6:30pm, Royce 154 


Thursday, November 29th:

Xiaoting Li

Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Albertaiate 
"Requests in Mandarin Interaction"
5:00-6:30pm, Royce 154


Thursday, December 6th:

Caroline Teitbohl

PhD Candidate, UCLA Dept. of Sociology
"Emotional Validation as a Last Resort for Responding to Problems With Uncertain Solutions"
5:00-6:30pm, Haines 279




2017-2018 Past Speakers


J.P. de Ruiter
Professor of Computer Science and Psychology, Tufts University

Kevin Whitehead
Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Fang Li
Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics & Institute for Medical Humanities, Peking University

Joanna Thornborrow
Professor, Linguistics & English Language, Université de Bretagne Occidentale

Alexandra Tate
PhD Candidate, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Keith Cox
PhD Student, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Luis Manuel Olguin
PhD Student, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Elliott Hoey
Post-doctoral Researcher, Loughborough University

John Heritage & Amanda McArthur
Distinguished Professor, UCLA Dept. of Sociology;
PhD Student, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Amparo Garcia-Ramon
PhD Candidate, Spanish Philology, University of Valencia