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22 Oct 2015

Professor takes conversation analysis to WIRED2015

Elizabeth Stokoe, Professor of Social Interaction, delivered a speech about the science of conversation at WIRED2015 on 16 October in London.

Professor Stokoe, Department of Social Sciences, was one of 14 fellows, selected by WIRED earlier this year, invited to speak at the annual two-day event which celebrates innovators, inventors, artists and entrepreneurs.

Her ground-breaking research uses conversation analysis to understand the organisation of communication in different interactional settings. Supported by the Economic and Social Research Council(ESRC), she has developed the Conversation Analytic Role-play Method (CARM) to provide a research-based alternative to more traditional methods for communication training.

Professor Stokoe said: “It was an incredible opportunity to represent Loughborough University Social Sciences, and take conversation analysis to a WIRED audience. I was on a stage with physicists, rocket scientists, biologists, the new James Bond car, 3D printing in space, the inventor of Comic Sans, a front-line ebola doctor, people who grow human organs … and then I spoke about talk. But communication is central to anything else we do. So I was able to show people what conversation analysts do, and how a scientific approach to interaction can have big payoffs for understanding talk itself, as well as underpinning better communication training. Overall, it was an honour to receive a Wired Innovation Fellowship and I’m excited to see where it takes me next.”

Click here to read more about CARM.