One more time with feeling: Resemiotising boundary affects for doing 'emotional talk show' interaction for another next first time

Research output: PhD thesis

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This dissertation investigates the joint process of co-creating semiotic ecologies for doing ‘emotional talk show’ interaction. The dissertation makes methodological contributions to the growing body on ethnomethodological and conversation analytical literature in two major areas: First, the intertwinedness of professional actors and ‘their’ work-relevant objects, and second, practice as embedded in time and space. I employ a synthesis of single case CA-informed studies with a strong emphasis on embodiment as elaborated by Charles Goodwin, and an enhanced focus on materiality and intersemiotic shifts. I further develop the concept of graphic transcriptions as a qualitative, experimental tool for doing visual analysis. A main finding is that by studying interaction as a multi-semiotic, processual ontology we can trace how slowly emerging action-relevant properties of objects are embedded within larger networks of mediated activities. That is, interactions are never absolute-ly local but rather ‘in themselves’ somehow stretched moments of inter-action. This observation has been made before–most often as a critique of the conversation analytical obsession with seeing the world in a local-ly situated grain of sand. However, I take this criticism as a point of departure in order to investigate on a (from an CA point-of-view) larger time-scale the continuous reassembling of a professional community. My study shows how actions set up the sequential space of possibilities for both immediate and remote future actions–often by displacing the actions of the unfolding present into exo-somatic objects. The joint, effortful work of making action-relevance visible across time and space by working up and continuously resemiotising specific institutional objects enables people to act at a distance and to constitute and maintain a shared sense of progressivity.
Translated title of the contributionEen gang til med følelse: Resemiotisering af grænseaffekter til brug i ’emotionelle talk show’-interaktioner for endnu en næste første gang.
Original languageEnglish
  • McIlvenny, Paul Bruce, Principal supervisor
  • Dam, Lotte, Co-supervisor
Electronic ISBNs978-87-7210-627-4
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

PhD supervisor:
Professor Paul McIlvenny, Aalborg University

Assistant PhD supervisor:
Associate Prof. Lotte Dam, Aalborg University


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