Thursday, May 14, 2015


Please VOTE for Ethno/CA Officers by JUNE 6

ASA voting members should have received ballots in April for general and section elections.  We have  one seat open for Secretary/Treasurer and two seats open for Council Member.  The candidates are as follows:

Secretary Treasurer:
Bob Moore 
Kevin Whitehead

Council Member:
Kaoru Hayano
Waverly Duck

Council Member:
Morana Alec
Lisa Mikesell

The ballot contains more information about the candidates for both the section and general elections.  If you believe you should have received a ballot but haven't come across it yet, check your junk mail and/or contact

CFP WORKING THE INTERACTIONIST TRADITION: Contributions, Legacies, and Prospects

WORKING THE INTERACTIONIST TRADITION: Contributions, Legacies, and Prospects
The University of Salford, Manchester • MediaCityUK Campus, 29–31 July 2015

We welcome submissions from scholars using interactionist or related approaches in established fields including communication, crime and deviance, education, embodiment, emotion, health and illness, identity, organisations and work, and urban life—as well as from
those working in newer areas, such as digital cultures, or those deploying innovative methods and techniques. 

To include a wider range of sessions the call for papers has been extended to 1st June 2015.

The MediaCityUK Campus is at the heart of six global BBC departments and a mass of independent creative, digital and media organisations. It is a short walk to the Lowry theatre and gallery, Imperial War Museum North and the Manchester United football
ground. There are many shops, bars, and restaurants nearby. Interactionism has a distinguished record as a vigorous way of
investigating the diversity, richness and complexity of contemporary social life. This will be a truly interdisciplinary forum for those
using interactionist or related approaches to understand the social and cultural realities of contemporary societies.

Special sessions will include a Meet the Author discussion with Dirk Vom Lehn about his widely-praised introductory text, Harold Garfinkel and a Round Table on Erving Goffman, featuring Greg Smith, Philip Manning and Yves Winkin. 

Join us! 

More details at 

Awards announcements

Two award announcements for the EMCA book award and lifetime achievement award.

The EMCA book award committee has completed its work - the next EMCA book award will go to Ken Liberman for his book ‘More Studies of Ethnomethodology,’ (SUNY Press).

And the lifetime achievement award goes to Jeff Coulter. 

some excerpts from letters of recommendation

(1)Coulter’s scholarly efforts are broad and interdisciplinary in nature,  applying “ethnomethodological and conversation analytic insights to a wide variety of mental and epistemic phenomena relevant to” a number of areas in sociology, psychology and cognitive science.  His publication record is substantial, including four influential books.

(2) Coulter is characterized as very knowledgeable, generous with his time and attention, with a strong commitment to teaching. With his colleagues
Psathas and Lynch he has trained a number of PhD students, many of them in the EM/CA area. The training of students in is of special importance for the vitality of the field and for Boston University as a notable site of
ethnomethodological training.

(3) Coulter’s professional service is significant, including his time as Associate Editor of Human Studies, and on the editorial boards o of Theory and Psychology and The Human Context.

(4) “…Jeff Coulter has distinguished himself on many fronts as a very serious and very productive scholar for over forty years, during which time he has contributed tremendously to the production and dissemination of ethnomethodological and conversation analytic scholarship… [He] was a central figure in the development of ethnomethodological and conversation-
analytic scholarship around Manchester and Boston for forty years or more, in developments which had great relevance for the entire international community of ethnomethodological and conversation analytic scholars. Both directly and indirectly, alone and with others, Jeff Coulter has made tremendous contributions to our scholarly community and our record of scholarship and is highly deserving of a lifetime achievement award from our section.”

We congratulate both award winners and hope you can join us in Chicago this year when we present them with their awards.

Edward Reynolds/ Robert Dingwall/ Mardi Kidwell


National Science Foundation (NSF) research funding for the social sciences is threatened with a 45% cut in a bill that will be debated on the House floor during the week of May 18.  I urge you to write to your member of Congress before that debate.
You can do this easily right now. Go to the COSSA Action Center to sign up and take actionby asking your representative to oppose the America COMPETES Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806).
On April 15, House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), the authorization bill for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Like last year’s version of this legislation (the FIRST Act), this bill sets arbitrary funding levels for NSF’s research directorates and would impose a massive 45% cut on the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE)--effectively eliminating grant funding for sociology and the other social sciences.
COSSA’s full analysis of the bill can be found here.
I hope that social scientists will not sit on the sidelines while issues as vital as sustaining the major source of federal funding for basic social science research are being debated. Unfortunately, many public officials do not feel that basic social science research is a critical public good.  But it can make a difference when they hear from their constituents!  That’s why I urge you to contact your representatives
In addition, I suggest that you contact your university officials to ensure they are focusing on this threat to basic social science research and are letting members of Congress know the potential harm the Representatives are doing to U.S. universities.
With thanks for your support,

Paula England
President, American Sociological Association
Justin Anthony Lini MA
Program Coordinator, Governance and Information Systems
American Sociological Association
(202) 383-9005 x 330 -

Saturday, May 2, 2015


Dear All 
The EM/CA sessions at ASA are listed below, shorthand for the session titles.

10:30 - 11:30 Section session: Ethnomethodological Studies of Work
11:30 - 12:10 Business Meeting and Awards
14:30 - 16:10 Section session: Current Developments in CA
16:30 - 18:10 Regular session: Ethnomethodology
18:30 - 20:30 Section Reception

08:30 - 10:10 Regular session: CA in medicine
10:30 - 12:10 Teaching Workshop
14:30 - 16:10 Regular session: CA

16:30 - 18:10 Thematic session on Garfinkel's Agnes study

Full information is at