Talk and bodies in interaction


 I’m an applied linguist, and I’m basically interested in how people make sense of the social world they inhabit and (re-)create.

Drawing on Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, my work focuses on the practices people use to establish and sustain ‘mutual understanding’ in and of courses of social interaction and the various resources they draw on in occasioning this. In particular, I’m interested in how bodily conduct features as a resource for sense-making. More recently, I have become interested in how people manipulate, investigate, experience and include various kinds of material artifacts in their current activities. This is part of the research project “Social Objects for Innovation and Learning“.

I’m generally interested in social interaction regardless of the setting in which it occurs, but I have mainly worked on (L2) classrooms, designer workshops and helpdesk encounters. My current work focuses on multisensory interaction such as (professional and lay) tasting, and traffic involving different kinds of road users.

I’m currently associate professor at the Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark, and co-editor of Social Interaction. Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality (with Brian Due, University of Copenhagen).