Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication 2012: ‘Analysis and Impact in Linguistic Ethnography’


Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication is a biannual conference for the Linguistic Ethnography Forum affiliated with BAAL. The conference was originally inspired by a research training programme run by a team of researchers at Kings College London and the Institute of Education. Three participants from the first cohort joined forces to establish an event that would facilitate further opportunities for exchange of knowledge around ethnography, language and communication. They established a conference in September 2008 and ran further events in 2009 and 2010 at the University of Aston, Birmingham. In 2010 the Linguistic Ethnography Forum decided to turn the conference into a biannual event and the 4th EELC in Copenhagen 2012 was the first conference to be held outside the UK and the University of Aston.


  • Provide a dedicated cross-disciplinary forum for researchers who combine ethnographic and linguistic approaches
  • Facilitate high quality debate on contemporary issues across health, education, social policy and cultural studies
  • Establish a stimulating programme combining plenary lectures, dataworkshops, oral and poster presentations
  • Facilitate international dialogue between Linguistic Ethnography in Europe and US linguistic anthropology


The theme of the 2012 conference was ‘Analysis and Impact in Linguistic Ethnography’. The conference focused on what kinds of results can be achieved with an ethnographic approach to linguistic and communicative data. How do we interpret our data? How do our analyses add to wider knowledge of our target disciplines? And what are the consequences and impact outside social science research of our work?

Further reading

Programme and abstracts

Keynote speakers

Book of abstracts