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Data sessions

Students and scholars associated with InterDisc are invited to join the data sessions that take place every semester on campus. The data sessions are organised by Paul McIlvenny (C-DiT), Pirkko Raudaskoski (Mattering) and Jacob Davidsen (E-learning lab).


The data sessions do not have to use conversation analysis specifically, but the principle is that we focus on the collaborative analysis of audio, video and other materials from a discourse, interaction and practice-based perspective. The data to be presented should be 'fresh' in the sense that the presenter does not already have a full analysis. It would be best if the data could be presented in its original or recorded form. Some form of re-representation (eg. a transcript) is essential (copies should be made by the presenter to circulate at the data session). If the data is sensitive, then recordings ought to be anonymised, and transcripts recalled at the end of the session. The data session is an opportunity to explore your data in a friendly environment with other researchers while you, the presenter, retain the right to use any proto-analysis or interpretation that arises in the data session, and with the full expectation of data confidentiality etc.


The location will usually take place at the CREATE campus site.



Participation is open and is not restricted to doctoral students. Scholars and Masters students are also welcome.

Participation in a data session is expected to be active. A data session is a collaborative endeavour in which everyone gets to add something to the analysis that is emerging. It is always an educational and rewarding experience!

If you present some data, then there is an expectation that you will also attend and participate in the presentations of others.

Lastly, the custom is that if you present some data, then you should bring something for everyone to eat, preferably home-made.

If you are not already subscribed to the INTERDISC DISCUSSION SESSION mailing list, then send an email to Paul McIlvenny.