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2 November 2016
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

 Engaging qualitatively with institutional and professional discourse

Course Leader: Professor Srikant Sarangi, Aalborg University, Denmark

The aim of the Masterclass is to offer research-based conceptual, methodological and analytical insights into discourse analysis in institutional and professional settings such as health and social care, law, education, media, business and industry.

Language/communication-based studies – concerned with talk, text and other modalities (discourse, more generally) – have been carried out in the domains of professions and institutions/organisations over the past four decades, both within quantitative and qualitative research paradigms. Within the qualitative tradition, researchers adopt different methodological and analytical perspectives when engaging with talk data (e.g. workplace encounters, research interviews) and text data (e.g., websites, media representations, illness narratives). Within what can be broadly captured as ‘theme-oriented discourse analysis’ (Roberts and Sarangi 2005), this Masterclass will be primarily devoted to ‘activity analysis’ and ‘account analysis’ (Sarangi 2010) which are distinctive in at least three ways: mapping of structural, interactional and thematic trajectories; relationality concerning focal themes and analytic themes; and role performance vis-à-vis participant structure and rhetorical devices.

There are four parts to the Masterclass: (i) an overview of mainstream traditions of professional and institutional/organisational studies (Sarangi 2005; Sarangi and Candlin 2011); (ii) a summary of methodological and interpretive challenges facing the qualitative researcher (Sarangi 2007), with a focus on key analytical tools; (iii) an exercise in sample data analysis; and (iv) a discussion of concerns arising from participants’ own research experiences. 

The Masterclass is targeted at both early career and experienced researchers across disciplinary boundaries with an interest in qualitative inquiry.

Key References and Readings

Roberts, C. and Sarangi, S. (2005) Theme-Oriented Discourse Analysis of medical encounters. Medical Education 39: 632-640.

Sarangi, S. (2005) The conditions and consequences of professional discourse studies. Journal of Applied Linguistics 2 (3): 371-394.

Sarangi, S. (2007) The anatomy of interpretation: Coming to terms with the analyst’s paradox in professional discourse studies. Text & Talk 27 (5/6): 567-584.

Sarangi, S. (2010) Practising discourse analysis in healthcare settings. In I. Bourgeault, R. DeVries and R. Dingwall (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Health Research, 397-416. London: Sage.

Sarangi, S. and Candlin, C. N. (2011) Professional and organisational practice: A discourse/communication perspective. In C. N. Candlin and S. Sarangi (eds.) Handbook of Communication in Organisations and Professions, 3-58. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

A fuller reading list and PDFs will be distributed after the registration deadline.

Course leader:

Srikant Sarangi is currently Professor in Humanities and Medicine and Director of the Danish Institute of Humanities and Medicine (DIHM) at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is Honorary Professor at Cardiff University, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK and an elected ‘Foreign Member’ of The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters (Societas Scientiarum Fennica). His research interests include institutional and professional discourse from an applied linguistics perspective (e.g., healthcare, social welfare, bureaucracy, education etc.). He is author and editor of twelve books, guest-editor of five journal special issues and has published nearly two hundred journal articles and book chapters. He is editor of Text & Talk and founding editor of Communication & Medicine and Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice. He is also general editor of the book series Studies in Communication in Organisations and Professions (SCOPE).

Wednesday 2 November 2016

University of Copenhagen
South Campus, building 27, room 27.0.47
Njalsgade 144
DK-2300, Copenhagen S

There is no registration fee
Tea and coffee is included.
Lunch is not included, but can be bought in the canteen in building 23 at reasonable prices.  

Deadline for registration is Monday 3 October 2016.
If you have a question regarding late registration, send it to

Preliminary Programme



Pre-ALAPP Masterclass, 2 November 2016


Engaging qualitatively with institutional and professional discourse



09:00 – 09:30


Registration & Welcome



09:30 – 11:00


Lecture 1


The interplay of institutional and professional orders of discourse: an overview of concepts and themes



11:00 – 11: 30


Tea/Coffee Break



11:30 – 13:00


Lecture 2


Engaging with institutional/professional discourse data

from multiple perspectives: some parameters and paradoxes



13:00 – 14:00


Lunch Break

(Lunch can be bought in the canteen in building 23)



14:00 – 15:30



Group work (data session)



15:30 – 16:00


Tea/Coffee Break



16:00 – 17:00


Forum discussion on themes raised by participants