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WA Distinguished Professors’ Lectures: Engaging Reflective Interventionist Conversation Analysis for Studying and Transforming Interactional Practices by Prof. Jessica Nina Lester

WA Distinguished Professors’ Lectures Series features internationally renowned scholars visiting the Faculty of English to share their research and professional expertise with the faculty and students. This time we have the honour to host Prof. Jessica Nina Lester, (Indiana University Bloomington), who will deliver a lecture “Engaging Reflective Interventionist Conversation Analysis for Studying and Transforming Interactional Practices” that will take place on 24 March 2023 (Friday) at 1:15 in the Aula of Collegium Heliodori Święcicki.

Engaging Reflective Interventionist Conversation Analysis for Studying and Transforming Interactional Practices

Jessica Nina Lester
(Indiana University Bloomington)

Friday, 24 March 2023, 1:15 p.m., Aula Heliodori


In this presentation, I will introduce Reflective Interventionist Conversation Analysis (RICA), a methodology that engages the principles of conversation analysis and reflective practice. Using data from doctor-patient interactions, I will illustrate how a close examination of speakers’ interactions allows for the identification of conversational practices that might be altered in relation to particular institutional goals. Specifically, I will highlight how using RICA allows for both academics and practitioners to partner in their efforts to gain a deeper understanding of interactional practices and potentially change them in hopes of building more equitable and just institutional contexts.

Jessica Nina Lester, Ph.D., is an associate professor of inquiry methodology in the School of Education at Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Lester has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as numerous books and book chapters focused on discourse and conversation analysis, disability studies, and more general concerns related to qualitative research. Broadly, her scholarship is positioned at the intersection of disability studies and discourse studies, with a particular focus on mental health and education contexts. She is a co-author of the first edition of Digital Tools for Qualitative Research, published with SAGE. She has also coedited a book focused on performance ethnographies (Peter Lang, 2013), policy, and discourse analysis (Palgrave, 2017), and a book focused on discursive psychology and disability (Palgrave, 2021). She recently co-authored (with Dr. O’Reilly) a book focused on applied conversation analysis with SAGE publications, as well as Doing Qualitative Research in a Digital World (co-authored with Trena Paulus). She is a founding member of the Microanalysis of Online Data international network; the associate director of the Conversation Analysis Research in Autism group at the University of Leicester, UK; and the former co-program chair and chair of the Qualitative Research Special Interest Group (AERA). In 2014, Dr. Lester received AERA’s Division D's Early Career Award in Measurement and Research Methodology (qualitative methodology). In 2018, she received the Distinguished Early Career Contributions in Qualitative Inquiry Award from the American Psychological Association. She has most recently published in journals such as Qualitative Inquiry and Discourse Studies.