Conference theme

The notion of participation has been largely used through several disciplines inspired by the concept of participation framework proposed by Goffman (1981). Within conversation analysis, the issue of participation has been discussed early on (see for example Drew & Wootton, 1988). More recently, it has been revisited within an embodied perspective (see Goodwin & Goodwin, 2004), revealing its dynamic, changing and complex organization, as well as the importance for its organization of multimodal resources, specific formats, and changing configurations. Studies of phenomena related to the organization of turn-taking in multi-party interactions have raised issues of how recipient-design and orientation to the co-participants are organized and change moment by moment along the sequentiality of talk and action. Studies of phenomena related to sequence organization and action formatting have raised issues concerning formats that enable, craft, afford specific forms of participation in various activities and settings.