Minutes of the IADA General Assembly Meeting, April 29, 2011 (Montreal)

Minutes of the IADA General Assembly Meeting

April 29, 2011 (Montreal)

The meeting was called to order and the agenda was presented to the General Assembly.


  1. Change in membership: new journal


The participants are reminded that any IADA member will now receive automatically the new journal of the association, titled Language and Dialogue, published by John Benjamins. However, this also means that the membership fees have been increased. Membership is now obligatorily connected with the journal for a standard fee of 80 Euros and a student fee of 50 Euros. In addition, scholars coming from Tier B and Tier C countries will have the possibility of benefiting from this new package for a reduced fee of 60 euros for both journal and membership.


This membership also includes a 30% discount on the volumes in Dialogue Studies, published by John Benjamins, the right to vote on all issues pertaining to the life of the Association, as stipulated in the IADA Constitution, as well as reduced registration fees at the IADA conferences, symposia and workshops.


  1. Invitation to submitting papers to DS, LD and iada.online.series


The participants are encouraged to submit manuscripts to Language and Dialogue, as well as book projects to the collection Dialogue Studies, edited by Edda Weigand, and published by John Benjamins. Scholars can also submit volume proposals to the online series, which is available on the IADA website. So far this series has been only devoted to proceedings, but it is reminded that it can also be used as an outlet for book or edited book proposals.


  1. New website


IADA now has a new website, which was launched last year and is managed in the Department of Communication at the Université de Montréal. The address is http://www.iada-web.org/site/. The members can renew their membership through this website, they can download the online proceedings of former conferences and they can access a lot of information related to IADA.


  1. Future activities: Abo and Texas


The participants are reminded that two IADA events are coming up:


  • The 14th Conference of The International Association for Dialogue Analysis will be organized by Professor Roger D. Sell and hosted by the Literary Communication Project of Åbo Akademi University, Finland from April 2nd to 4th, 2012. The conference will focus on the specific topic of ‘Literature as Dialogue’.  The participants are however reminded that any kind of paper related to the question of dialogue can be submitted, which means that scholars and students who are not necessarily interested in literature can still submit their work. Proposals (max. 300 words) for papers should be submitted as e-mail attachments to the Conference Secretary, Gunilla Ritkaew (gunilla.ritkaew@abo.fi), before September 30th, 2011. Requests for practical information about registration, travel and accommodation should also be directed to the Conference Secretary.
  • In 2013, a IADA workshop titled, “Dialogue in Multilingual, Multimodal, & Multi-competent Communities of Practice” will be hosted in Austin, Texas, USA and organized by Dale Koike, Carl Blyth, Hans Boas and Jürgen Streeck. The deadline for abstracts is October 15, 2012.


Cf. the Calls for Papers on the IADA website.


  1. NADAs


Members then discuss the question of NADAs (National associations for dialogue analysis). Last year, an Italian colleague proposed to create an Italian association for dialogue analysis, a proposition that was then countered by other Italian colleagues. After some discussion, the IADA executive committee decided not to recognize the creation of this Italian association, given the controversy that this idea triggered. It remains that IADA does not have so far some clear guidelines regarding the creation of national associations. After some discussions during the assembly, it appears that three options seem to be possible:


  • ·      IADA could create guidelines that would dictate how such national associations would be created and then recognized by IADA. Right now, the question of national associations is not mentioned anywhere in the by-laws of the association.
  • Another solution would be to let people create the associations that they want to create, as long as IADA is not officially involved. However, this option might be problematical when people start to use the name “NADA” if IADA does not recognize them.
  • A third option would be to let the executive committee make adhoc decision depending on the kind of proposal that is made. So far, we have two national associations that are more or less officially affiliated with IADA: a Romanian association for dialogue analysis and a Scandinavian association, but none of them appear on the website or are officially recognized in the by laws.


The issue will be discussed again at the next General Assembly.


The assembly was then adjourned.


Respectfully submitted



François Cooren

IADA secretary 2009-2012