In addition to lectures open for all the CoE arranges also internal events such as Work in Progress seminar.

13.12.2013 Helsinki Lectures on Intersubjectivity: Sarah Green
Familiarity and Unfamiliarity Across Polity Borders: an Ethnographic Look at the Relation Between Intersubjectivity and Difference
On Friday, December 13th, professor in social and cultural anthropology Sarah Green (University of Helsinki) gave the last lecture of 2013 in the series “Helsinki Lectures on Intersubjectivity”. She talked about her ethnographic research in Greece in the Aegean Sea. Her topic was Familiarity and Unfamiliarity Across Polity Borders: an Ethnographic Look at the Relation Between Intersubjectivity and Difference. In her lecture Green discussed intersubjectivity through the concepts of closeness, familiarity and similarity. Green stated that the deaths of illegal migrants were seen as grievable by the Greek population. In particular, the deaths were seen as grievable elsewhere – there, where the migrant had had a home and a family. In this case familiarity led to intersubjectivity, not similarity.
8.11.2013 Helsinki Lectures on Intersubjectivity: Barbara Fox
Coming to a Shared Understanding of the Reason for the Visit: the First Moments in a Shoe Repair Shop
Professor of linguistics Barbara Fox (University of Colorado) gave a lecture on Coming to a Shared Understanding of the Reason for the Visit: the First Moments in a Shoe Repair Shop. She talked about a current research project on interaction in customer service. The data for the project had been collected at local businesses, for example at a shoe repair shop and a kiosk. After the lecture Fox presented some of the data and it was discussed.
In her lecture Fox pointed out that a customer service encounter begins with defining the roles, which is usually done wordlessly. After that, the encounter continues with coming to a shared understanding of the reason for the customer’s visit. Fox proposed that it is preferred to reach this shared understanding with minimal effort, and that it can be reached very quickly and even wordlessly. As an example she showed a situation where a customer simply walks into a shoe repair shop, which causes the shop assistant to take the customer’s repaired shoes from the shelf.
4.–5.11.2013 Workshop on recruitments
Coming to a Shared Understanding of the Reason for the Visit: the First Moments in a Shoe Repair Shop
A workshop was organized in Helsinki in the beginning of November. It brought together researchers from the Centre of Excellence in Intersubjectivity in Interaction and the Max Planck Institute Nijmegen group. The workshop focused on current research on recruitments. Visiting Helsinki from the Max Planck Institute were Nick Enfield, Julija Baranova, Mark Dingemanse, Simeon Floyd and Giovanni Rossi. Also visiting were Trine Heinemann (University of Southern Denmark) and Barbara Fox (University of Colorado).
4.10.2013 Helsinki Lectures on Intersubjectivity: Ulrich Streeck
On Implicit Relational Knowing in Psychotherapy
During his two day visit in the CoE, Professor Ulrich Streeck (University of Göttningen) gave a talk on On Implicit Relational Knowing in Psychotherapy. Streeck’s lecture focused on analysing embodied actions in psychotherapy interaction. He demonstrated by data examples how embodied actions, like hand and foot movements, are connected to verbal expressions. According to Streeck embodied actions inform about implicit, not fully conscious knowledge. In order to achieve change, it is important in psychotherapy to make implicit knowledge explicit to the patient.
20.9.2013 Epistemics in Interaction workshop
The theme of epistemics continued on Friday, September 20th, with an internal workshop for the Centre of Excellence. Professor John Heritage (University of California, Los Angeles) launched the day with a data session. Next were three short workshops. The first was conducted by doctoral student in Finnish language Anna Vatanen. Her topic was Overlapping Talk and Epistemics: Independent Agreements in Finnish and Estonian talk-in-interaction. The next workshop was on Epistemics and the Prosody of Questions in Helsinki Swedish, given by doctoral student in Nordic languages Martina Huhtamäki. The third workshop was conducted by doctoral student in Finnish language Katariina Harjunpää on the topic of Epistemic Relations and Participant Roles in Questions and Their Translations in Finnish-Brazilian Portuguese Multiparty Conversation.
The day continued with four data clip sessions. Doctoral student in Finnish language Saija Merke presented data first. The topic of her session was Contrasting Knowledge as Means to Construct Knowledge. The next session, led by researcher Chiara Monzoni, concerned institutional interaction between a doctor and a patient. The third data clip session was organized by doctoral student in sociology Elina Weiste and postdoctoral researcher in sociology Liisa Voutilainen. Their data concerned Therapists’ Assertions Regarding the Clients’ Mind in Cognitive Therapy and Psychoanalysis. The last data clip session was on Epistemics of Dream Narratives, and it was conducted by Professor Anssi Peräkylä (University of Helsinki) and Professor Jörg Bergmann (Universität Bielefeld).
19.9.2013 Seminar on Epistemics in Interaction
On September 19th, 2013, the Centre of Excellence in Intersubjectivity in Interaction organized a seminar on Epistemics in Interaction. The seminar was open to all.
The seminar was opened by Professor John Heritage (University of California, Los Angeles), who gave a presentation on Action Formation and its Epistemic (and Other) Backgrounds. The next speaker in the seminar was Professor Jan Anward (University of Linköping). The title of his presentation was Epistemicity and Dementia: a First Exploration. Time had been allotted for discussion after both presentations. In the discussions, many interesting comments were made on the cognitive aspects of different interactional situations.
In the seminar spoke also Jarkko Niemi, a doctoral student in Finnish language. His presentation was named On the Limits of Knowledge. Responsive ‘(it) may be’ utterances in Finnish. The last speaker of the day was postdoctoral researcher in Finnish language Aino Koivisto. The title of her presentation was On Epistemic Responsibilities: Claiming Realization and Recollection with Finnish Particles aa and ai nii.
The seminar was rewarding, and the presentations stirred many inspiring discussions. We thank all the presenters and the audience for active attendance!
30.8.2013 Helsinki Lectures on Intersubjectivity: Arto Mustajoki
Causes of Miscommunication: Speaker’s Perspective
Professor of Russian language and literature Arto Mustajoki (University of Helsinki) began the autumn 2013 “Helsinki Lectures on Intersubjectivity” -series by giving a talk on Causes of Miscommunication: Speaker’s Perspective. Mustajoki presented that communication is a circle which begins with the meaning intended by the speaker, and ends with the meaning comprehended by the recipient. Mustajoki advanced that miscommunication can be avoided by careful recipient desing. For one reason or another, recipient desing often fails, and that leads to misunderstanding.
August 2013 Professor Charles Antaki’s visit
Interactional Challenges for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Professor of Language and Social Psychology Charles Antaki (Loughborough University) visited the CoE from July 30th through August 29th, 2013. Antaki has researched both institutional and everyday interaction by Conversation Analysis. During his visit Antaki participated in data sessions held in the CoE, and the researchers of the CoE had many inspiring conversations with him. Antaki gave also a lecture on Interactional Challenges for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.
23.–24.5.2013 Intersubjectivity back and forth symposium
Culture centre Sofia, Helsinki
On May 23–24th The CoE arranged a symposium Intersubjectivity back and forth in Culture centre Sofia, Helsinki. In the symposium two guest lecturers gave a talk: professor Jörg Bergmann (University of Bielefeld) and professor Per Linell (University of Gothenburg). Both guests talked about intersubjectivity as a topic of empirical research. The participants of the symposium also discussed intersubjectivity in small groups. In addition, there were debates where the participants presented opposing viewpoints concerning research on intersubjectivity.
3.5.2013 Lectures on Intersubjectivity: Per Linell
Kulttuurikeskus Sofia, Helsinki
Professor Per Linell (University of Gothenburg) gave a lecture on Friday, May 3rd, in the series “Lectures on Intersubjectivity”. The title of his lecture was Interactivity and Intersubjectivity – Dialogical Perspectives. In his lecture Linell expressed that intersubjectivity is a dialogue where individuals shape the shared and sharedness shapes individuals.
18.4.2013 Doctor Eeva Puumala’s presentation
The Body as a Vocabulary of the Political
Doctor Eeva Puumala (University of Tampere) visited the Centre of Excellence in Intersubjectivity in Interaction on Thursday, April 4th. She gave a presentation with the title The Body as a Vocabulary of the Political. Puumala talked about her incipient research of corporality and interaction in asylum seekers’ interviews.
5.4.2013 Lectures on Intersubjectivity: Mikko Sams
The Body as a Vocabulary of the Political
On Friday, April 5th 2013, the second lecture in the series “Lectures on Intersubjectivity” was held. Professor Mikko Sams (Aalto University) gave a lecture on intersubjectivity in cognitive neuroscience. Sams presented research results on subjects’ similar perspectives and emotional states resulting in similar brain activity. He concluded that shared experiences cause similar brain states, and therefore intersubjectivity can be seen as the way people share the experience of their surroundings.
14.3.2013 Doctor Sonja E. Koski’s lecture
The Evolutionary Roots of Human Intersubjectivity
On Thursday, March 14th, 2013, a visiting biologist, Dr. Sonja E. Koski from the University of Zürich gave a lecture at the CoE. Her lecture concerned the developmental and evolutionary roots of human intersubjectivity.
7.3.2013 Professor Christian Heath’s lecture
Embodied Action and Institutional Interaction: Ordering Competition in Auctions of Fine Art and Antiques
Professor of Work and Organisation, Christian Heath (King’s College London) visited the CoE on March 6th–7th, 2013. During his visit professor Heath took part in the Emotion in Interaction team’s datasessions. He also gave an open lecture with the title Embodied Action and Institutional Interaction: Ordering Competition in Auctions of Fine Art and Antiques. In his lecture Heath talked about multimodality in institutional interaction. Professor Heath gave the researchers in the Centre of Excellence new ideas and encouragement in their research.
8.2.2013 Lectures on Intersubjectivity: Erkki Kilpinen
Does Language Produce Intersubjectivity or Does Intersubjectivity Produce Language?
The first lecture in the series “Lectures on Intersubjectivity” was held on Friday, February 2nd, 2013. Docent of sociology Erkki Kilpinen (University of Helsinki) gave a lecture with the title Does Language Produce Intersubjectivity or Does Intersubjectivity Produce Language?. In his lecture Kilpinen contemplated on the nature of intersubjectivity and the relationship between language and intersubjectivity.
January 2013 Professor Paul Drew’s visit in the CoE
Paul Drew, Professor of Conversation Analysis at Loughborough University, visited the CoE from January 1st through 31st, 2013. During his visit, professor Drew conducted a data session and gave a talk about collecting an everyday life data corpus. In addition, he took part in the research of the CoE by having discussions with the researchers and participating in the reading groups and data sessions. During his visit, professor Drew promoted the research of the CoE in many ways and inspired the researchers for instance in innovative data collecting.