PhD Candidate, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Fields of study
Moral sociology, pragmatic sociology, linguistic anthropology, ordinary conversations, racism.
My research focuses on ordinary processes of moral problematization in two “populist” towns, in France and Italy. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork and interactional data, I focus on actors’ moral problematizations concerning migration and cultural diversity. I investigate the social norms that regulate verbal expression on these topics and how these norms vary in situation, as well as how actors produce metadiscursive assessments of what can or cannot (but also should or should not) be said about them. Overall, I am interested in how these interactional processes of collective problematization (or de-problematization) feed into larger processes of politicization. Part of the interest of this research lies in its comparative perspective, as my data suggest that these processes take very different paths in the two towns, despite the seemingly similar electoral outcomes.
Fields of Study
Linguistic Anthropology, Conversation Analysis, Deaf Studies
My research focuses on the organization of language and interaction in contexts with limited shared language. I primarily rely on ethnographic fieldwork combined with the microanalysis of video recordings of naturally occurring interactions. Over the last ten years, I have conducted fieldwork in Iquitos, Peru with deaf youth who have not had access to an established language. Along with my research activities, I worked with the Iquitos community to establish a deaf school that now provides these children with access to language. An ongoing research project investigates language socialization in the deaf school. While at UCLA, I will be spearheading a new study with deaf preschoolers in Southern California to examine the relationship between language delay and social interaction.
Fields of Study
Conversation analysis, gender studies, linguistic anthropology, gesture
I am a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I study how identity and normativity are interactionally enacted in everyday conversations, primarily in English and in Spanish, in various interactional contexts across the United States. Ongoing projects include epistemic negotiation in customer-service interactions, the accountability of feminist identity in conversation, and gesture use in cases of language discrimination.
Alex Mejía (he/him/they/them) is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Linguistics and Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE) programs at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. His research interests are centered on language, identity, social interaction, immigration/diaspora, racialization, and labor/capital. His dissertation examines processes of diasporization, proletarianization, and language socialization among Central American immigrant youth. Through an analysis of ethnographic and interactional data, he examines how youth enact and experience language development and identity formation across workplace and school-based settings. In addition to language and education research, Alex engages in multimedia art practices including video art, sound art, performance, and documentary film. His studies in art practice parallel and inform his research by centering the everyday aesthetic, semiotic, and phenomenological dimensions of language and social interaction. He also sees skateboarding as a key practice that has helped attune him to the joyful wonders of mundane social spaces, multimodal interaction, and embodied activity.
Fields of Study
Learning, Cognition and Instruction, Sociocultural and Historical Foundations of Learning, Medical Education.
I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology at McGill University. My research combines the theoretical insights of sociocultural theory with the empirical tools of Conversation Analysis in order to reconceptualize and examine pedagogical feedback as a socially shared and interactionally accomplished activity. To this end, my research explores the way in which feedback is delivered and received within the context of a clinical medicine rotation, focusing particularly on how feedback is received or resisted and how the asymmetries inherent in such interactions are organized and managed.