[HUMAN] Reading Group Meeting, Epistemics (Heritage, 2012)

The third reading group meeting of the semester will be held next week on the 22nd of March, Tuesday at 15:30 in the meeting room of HUMAN Research Centre. We will discuss another seminal work by Heritage (2012) on epistemics in interaction. Heritage (2012) published two papers in the same issue of the “Research on Language and Social Interaction” journal. The first one framed epistemics for action formation, while the second conceptualised what Heritage termed as epistemic engine. Unlike previous meetings, we expect the participants to read both papers.

Heritage, J. (2012). Epistemics in action: Action formation and territories of knowledge. Research on Language & Social Interaction, 45(1), 1-29.

Heritage, J. (2012). The epistemic engine: Sequence organization and territories of knowledge. Research on Language & Social Interaction, 45(1), 30-52.

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For the structure of reading group meetings (2015), see the list below:

We will start the reading group by summarising the articles, followed by an in-depth discussion of them.

Additionally, you may want to do some of the following in order to prepare for the discussion:

  • Write down any questions you may have about the articles

  • Find one or more passages that you find interesting

  • Think about how the points presented in the articles relate to other theories or to your own research

  • Choose the paper you agree with the most, then pretend to be the devil’s advocate and criticize the authors’ viewpoints

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