Ethnomethodology and conversation analysis (EMCA) are two distinct approaches to human social interaction. They are based on the premise that people orient to the minutiae of how social action is produced taking into account fine grained details of both speech (pauses, overlaps, intonation, inbreaths etc.) and embodied conduct (gaze, body posture, gesture, object manipulation). People do so to make sense of the meanings of social actions implied by co-participants (i.e. what they are doing greeting, storytelling, complaining). EMCA are aimed at unveiling formal structures of social action and their interactional relevance.
The special focus of our section is current debates in these fields of study, such as multimodality and multisensoriality, epistemics, materiality, intercorporeality, and non-human social interaction. We invite scholars who are inspired by the complexity and elegance of social interaction and engaged in research applying EMCA approaches to share their findings and join the discussion.