MOOD Network | Microanalysis Of Online Data

MOOD 2017 at IPrA Belfast, Northern Ireland – call for abstracts

We invite abstract submissions to the panel The micro-analysis of online data (MOOD): Using discourse and conversation analytic methods to analyse online interaction at the 15th International Pragmatics Conference to be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 16-21 July 2017. The abstract for the panel is included below.

If you are interested in taking part, please submit an abstract to and before Sept. 10 2016.


The study of online interaction using micro-analytic methods, such as conversation analysis (CA) and discursive psychology (DP) has developed in recent years (Giles, Stommel, Paulus Lester, & Reed, 2014). Research using these methods aims to focus on the language which is used in online settings, but also aims to address the interactional norms, dynamics and practices which have arisen online (Giles et al., 2014).  Research which has used such methods has often focused on issues around maintaining coherence, managing trouble in talk and how participants accomplish social actions in asynchronous environments (Paulus, Warren & Lester, 2016). These studies all attempt to systematically describe and analyse the organization of online interaction. There has also been a wide range of types of online data studied, including online forums, chat rooms, instant messaging chat, and e-mail (Paulus et al., 2016).

There are, though, a range of methodological challenges which relate to carrying out micro-analyses of online discourse and interaction in textual and, increasingly, multi-modal environments. Methods such as conversation analysis were developed using, and for, spoken interaction, and this can raise challenges for how to use these methods in an online setting (Meredith, 2016). This panel would aim to draw together a number of empirical papers which apply discourse and conversation analytic methods to a range of online data, in order to address and discuss these challenges. Speakers would present empirical data which shows how these challenges have been met in their research. We would expect to host an international panel, with speakers presenting a variety of different types of data, including multi-modal data. We would encourage speakers at different levels of their career, including PhD students, to submit abstracts for this panel.


Giles, D., Stommel, W., Paulus, T., Lester, J., & Reed, D. (2015). Microanalysis of online data: The methodological development of “digital CA”.Discourse, Context & Media7, 45-51.

Meredith, J. (2016). Using discourse and conversation analysis to analyse online data. In D Silverman (ed.) Qualitative Research (4th ed) (pp.261-276) London: Sage Publications.

Paulus, T., Warren, A., & Lester, J. N. (2016). Applying conversation analysis methods to online talk: A literature review.  Discourse, Context & Media . doi:10.1016/j.dcm.2016.04.001


With best wishes,

Jo, David and Wyke

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