Draft programme

The draft programme is linked here. This will be revised and updated over the next few weeks, though we will try to retain the speaker slots approximately as they are scheduled here, so that you can have some assurance that you will know on which day and in which period of the day you will be presenting. Please see further points on the draft programme page.

Conference information and location

ICCA-18 is the fifth in a series of International Conferences on Conversation Analysis, the first of which was in Copenhagen in 2004. Subsequent conferences have been held in Helsinki (2006), Mannheim (2010) and UCLA (2012). This is the second ICCA since the International Society of Conversation Analysts (ISCA) was founded at the Mannheim meeting in 2010, and ICCA is now the official conference for ISCA and is established as the quadrennial get-together for conversation analysts around the world – it is the Olympics of CA!

Because of the association between ISCA and ICCA, ISCA members get a reduction on the cost of registering for the conference. However, all of you – members and non-members alike – are warmly welcome to what is sure to be an inspiring and hugely impressive CA-fest, and a great chance to meet and talk with people who find CA as compelling as you do. This is THE CA event everyone will be talking about – not to be missed.

The conference is being held at Loughborough University in the UK. Loughborough, for those of you who are unfamiliar with just how weird the English language is, is pronounced Luff’bru (not Loogaburooga as some seem to think). Loughborough is a smallish town in the centre of England, surrounded by rather lovely countryside. But you won’t have time for that – you’ll have to make do with an attractive campus university known particularly as the centre for sports training in the UK… as well as for CA research and scholarship (see e.g. DARG).

Loughborough is well connected to regional airports (East Midlands, Birmingham and Manchester airports) as well as to the larger metropolitan airports (Heathrow, Gatwick etc.). It is on the direct railway line from London, and well connected to the rest of the national railway network.

ISCA Dissertation Award

The International Society for Conversation Analysis is pleased to announce the ISCA Dissertation Award, recognizing outstanding PhD research in the field of conversation analysis. The prize, which is supported financially by a bequest from Emanuel A. Schegloff, will be awarded every four years for dissertations submitted and defended within the prior four-year period. Nominations are now invited for the period 2014-2017, with the prize to be awarded at the ICCA-18 conference. Analyses of both institutional and everyday social interaction, in face-to-face and mediated contexts, in any language(s), as well as within and across cultural borders are welcome.

Nominations should be made by a supervisor or external examiner of the dissertation and submitted by email to the ISCA dissertation committee c/o Only one nomination per supervisor or examiner is permitted. Please include the following materials:

  1. A nomination letter outlining the justification for the award
  2. A 500-word (maximum) abstract of the dissertation
  3. The table of contents of the dissertation
  4. One dissertation chapter considered representative of the manuscript.

The committee will ask to see the full dissertation for those that are short-listed.

The deadline for submission of nominations for the next award is December 31, 2017.

Other Awards

There will be three other awards made during ICCA, for best CA (published journal) Article, best CA Book (monograph), and the Lifetime Achievement Award. All members of the ICCA Scientific Committee will be asked to nominate journal publications and monographs for the best CA Article and best CA monograph (edited collections are not eligible). A subcommittee of the ISCA Board will make a decision based on the nominations we receive from the Scientific Committee (so please resist the temptation to nominate yourself!). A subcommittee of the ISCA Board will canvass opinion and make a decision about the Lifetime Achievement Award (again, no self-nominations please).

If you have any general enquiries about these awards please email Paul Drew (