Workshop: Using MCA in Culturally Diverse Settings (Netherlands)

EventsMethod workshop: “At home, I have chores. I am Polish” – Membership categorization analysis as a method to analyze interaction in culturally diverse settings, May 17th, 2019 (13:00 – 17:30), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Membership categorization analysis (MCA) is a valuable approach for researchers focusing on discourse in culturally diverse settings as it provides insights into how individuals are positioned in social interaction, how groups are generated, and how thereby specific moral orders are established. MCA was established by the early Harvey Sacks and further developed within the field of ethnomethodology. The important question for participants in interactions as well as observers is which categories become relevant, why they are made relevant, and why at this very moment. Furthermore, the analysis of categories, relations between categories, and conclusions people draw from these categories elucidate a huge part of mundane sense-making, yet also moral reasoning. Today, MCA is often combined with conversation analysis, yet not exclusively so.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Daniel Rellstab, Professor for Intercultural German Studies and Multilingualism, University of Education, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.

In the last part of this method workshop, doctoral students working on the broad topic of social identities are invited to present their work in a 3-minute / 2 slide-presentation. Doctoral students who wish to present should include a brief description of their topic and method (max. 150 words).

The event is free for NeFCA members and PhD students (10€ fee for non-members) and includes tea/coffee.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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