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Knowledge in interaction


21-23 septembre 2023 (2,5 jours)

Lang EN Workshop language is English
Responsable de l'activité

Anne-Sylvie Horlacher


Dre Anne-Sylvie Horlacher, UNINE

Prof. Marcel Burger, UNIL


Prof. Simona Pekarek-Doehler, UNINE

Prof. Anssi Peräkylä, University of Helsinki

Prof Oskar Lindwall, University of Gothenburg


In many institutional and ordinary contexts of interaction, the distribution of knowledge (whether symmetrical or not) is a practical issue for the participants. Questions such as 'Who knows what?', 'Who knows best?' or 'Who has the right to know?' are aspects that social actors manifest and negotiate during their interactions. Over the past ten years, these issues have been receiving increased attention by researchers in conversational analysis. These studies have explored the ways in which the attribution of knowledge to self or other is expressed by language and have shown how speakers build their actions and format their turns-at-talk accordingly. The sharing of knowledge is particularly manifest in instructional settings; however, the negotiation of expertise also transpires in other settings of interaction.

The data investigated range from classroom and other learning environments, through guided visits and service encounters to medical interactions. Some studies have also addressed specific linguistic forms such as 'I know', 'I don't know' and 'you see', etc., and analyzed for what purposes these are employed in interaction.

In this Doctoral School, we focus on (a)symmetries of knowledge and their linguistic manifestations across a number of social situations, including everyday conversations, workplace interactions and media settings, and show how expert-novice relations as well as epistemic claims and stances are constantly and dynamically (re)negotiated and challenged within the local unfolding of the interaction. We also ask how issues of knowledge interfaces with other semiotic resources, such as gaze and gesture, body posture and the manipulation of objects. Finally, we raise more general methodological questions regarding the analysis of knowledge in social interaction.

The Doctoral School comprises 3 types of talks: plenary lectures by renowned researchers in the field, a range of work-in-progress sessions presented by doctoral students, and 'end-of-the-day roundtables'. The seminar will be of interest to students and researchers concerned with the analysis of video-recorded face-to-face interaction across a variety of social contexts.


Leysin (Hôtel le Grand Chalet)





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