How to analyze authority in power in interaction


Tentative schedule


At the beginning of each data session, each author(s) get 5 minutes to present their particular approach. Then the floor is open for a collective analysis of the data.


9:00 - 9:15          Opening session by Nicolas Bencherki, Frederik Matte and François Cooren


9:15 - 10:45        Data session 1: On the possibility of dialogue and interaction (lines 1 to 57)


o    Mariaelena Bartesaghi ( Multiple and contested authorities: On superdiversity and enoughness

o    Nicolas Bencherki ( & Alaric Bourgoin: Authority as a transductive process

o    Richard Buttny ( Authority and power as reflected in social accountability interaction

o    Klaus Krippendorff ( Who is served by explanations of power

o    Yue Yang ( and Nan Wang ( Analyzing Authority and Power in Interaction: Promise of and Cautions from Ethnography of Communication


10:45 - 11:00      Coffee Break


11:00 - 12:30      Data session 2: Appealing to / constituting legal, moral, religious and interactional orders (lines 58 to 118)


o    Bertrand Fauré ( and Youness Quaram ( Where does the force that enables this “little big woman” to defy the federal court’ authority come from?

o    Trudy Milburn ( Enticing the challengeable: “Under whose authority?”

o    Katherine Peters ( and David Boromisza-Habashi ( Who speaks for God? The power of the ethnography of communication for examining language-in-society

o    Christian Schwägerl ( “Interrupting my business”: The intersubjective construction of authority

o    Alena Vasilyeva ( Enacting Power and Authority in Interaction

o    Nan Wang  ( and Yue Yang ( Analyzing authority and power in interaction: A case analysis of one Q-A adjacency pair using conversation analysis


12:30 - 14:00      Lunch


14:00 - 15:30      Data session 3: Routines, structures and institutions: the stability of interaction (lines 119 to 180)


o    Birte Asmuß ( and Helle Kryger Aggerholm ( Power tensions in organizational routines: a conversation analytical perspective

o    Shiao-Yun (John) Chiang  ( “Under whose authority?”: a sociocognitive analysis of power dynamics in the confrontational discourse on same-sex marriage

o    Oren Livio ( Individual rights meet the neoliberal marketplace of ideas: Analyzing a debate on licensing a gay marriage.

o    Frédérik Matte ( and Geneviève Boivin ( When the rational isn’t so rational anymore: The institution of marriage in tension

o    Huey Rong Chen ( Conflicts, dialectics, and semiotic transformation of authority and power through CDA

o    Yang Yu ( A Critical discourse analysis of authority and power in Kim Davis’s case


15:30 - 15:45      Coffee Break


15:45 - 17:15      Data session 4: Presence, absence and authority (lines 181 to 225)


o    Chantal Benoit-Barné ( and Daniel Robichaud ( Authority as an effect of presence: Negotiating authority through practices of presentification.

o    Vincent Denault (, François Cooren ( and Pierrich Plusquellec ( When facial expressions and gestures speak louder than words

o    Sky Marsen ( Stories and speech acts in performing power

o    Thomas Martine ( Gods vs. law

o    Jessica Robles ( and Theresa Castor ( Accounting practices, institutional accountability and the blurring of ontologies

o    Jean Saludadez ( The law and the license: exploring the use of the ventriloqual approach as a framework to surface power/authority


17:15 - 17:30      Conclusion