Post COMET Masterclass

Engaging Qualitatively with Healthcare Discourse Data

Thursday 28 June 2018

Language/communication-based healthcare studies – concerned with talk, text and other modalities (discourse, more generally) – have been carried out over the past four decades, both within quantitative and qualitative research paradigms. Within the qualitative tradition, researchers adopt different methodological and analytic perspectives when engaging with talk data (e.g. clinical encounters, research interviews) and text data (e.g., websites, media representations, illness narratives). Within what can be broadly captured as theme-oriented discourse analysis, this masterclass will be primarily devoted to ‘activity analysis’ which is 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.  Additionally, attention will be given to ‘account analysis’ which orients to the rhetorical properties of language/communication data.


 08:30  Registration and Welcome
 09:00  Introduction
 09:30  Health communication research: an overview of concepts and themes
 11:00  Refreshments
 11:30  Engaging with health communication data from multiple perspectives
 13:00  Lunch
 14:00  Data session: group work
 15:30  Refreshments
 15:45  Forum discussion on themes raised by participants
 16:30  Close of day.


Course Leader

Professor Srikant Sarangi
Director, Danish Institute of Humanities and Medicine (DIHM)
Aalborg University, Denmark

Date, Time and Location

Date: Thursday 28 June 2018
TIme: 08:30-16:30
Location: Centre for Professional Development, Medical School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
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For more information about the COMET Masterclass, please contact Srikant Sarangi’s secretary, Bettina Jensen,

How to register

Registration is included for those attending the COMET conference, you can sign-up for the Masterclass during registration.

If you wish to attend the Post COMET Masterclass only, registration is £65, please register by using this link to the University's online shop.

Please note the maximum numbers for the Masterclass is 83.

If you have any questions about the Masterclass registration please contact the Medical School Events Team,

Registration for the Masterclass closes on Monday 18th June.

A reading list and PDFs will be made available shortly after the registration deadline.