Value and Morality in Public Discourse
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When: 05/29/2019
8:30 AM
Where: Georgetown University Department of Linguistics
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States
Contact: David Boromisza-Habashi

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Organizers: Jessica Robles (Loughborough U), Cynthia Gordon (Georgetown U), David Boromisza-Habashi (U of Colorado Boulder),


The Language and Social Interaction Division of ICA and the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University invite ICA members and non-members to examine the interactional mechanisms, accomplishment, social consequentiality and cultural foundations of evaluations and assessments in public discourse. Led by three senior scholars in the field (Richard Buttny, Donal Carbaugh, and Deborah Tannen), participants will seek to identify gaps in social interaction research, emerging research themes and agendas, and relevant collaboration and publication opportunities.



8.30-9.00: Introductory remarks by the organizers

9.00-11.00: Panel featuring senior scholars sharing their analyses of an excerpt from public discourse data

11.00-11.30: Coffee break

11.30-12.30: Breakout sessions dedicated to further discussion of the same data excerpt

12.30-2.00: Lunch

2.00-4.00: Roundtable sessions dedicated to discussions of abstracts submitted for the postconference

4.00-4.30: Coffee break

4.30-5.30: Closing session featuring senior scholars from the morning panel reflecting on key themes and emerging research agendas


Participants representing all approaches within the LSI field (i.e., cultural, critical, discourse, EM/CA, practice and pragmatics approaches) are invited to register.


Participants who register are asked to submit to the organizers a brief statement (150-200 words)responding to the following questions:


- What are your research interests related to the post-conference theme (value and morality in public discourse)?

- What is your preferred data (i.e., what do you regard as public discourse), and why?

- What is your preferred research approach to public discourse?

- What gap in relevant scholarship is your research designed to address?

- What types of research collaborations would you be interested in pursuing?


The organizers will use these statements to organize participants into breakout and roundtable sessions. Please email your statement to by May 3, 2019.