From the left: Antti Kamunen, Iira Rautiainen, Laura Kohonen-Aho, Tiina Eilittä, Pentti Haddington, Anna Vatanen (October 2018)


Pentti Haddington, Professor of English Philology, is interested in the relationship between language and gesture. He has studied interaction in mobility, and contributed to the rising interest for multitasking and multiactivity.

Postdoctoral researchers

Laura Kohonen-Aho (2018-2019), D.Sc. (Tech) in Industrial Engineering and Management, studies multiactivity, co-presence and the role of embodiment in technology-mediated interaction and distributed teamwork. Her data comprise video recordings of ICT-mediated interaction in various settings such as 3D virtual worlds, virtual reality (VR), distributed workshops, and video meetings.

Sylvaine Tuncer (2015-2017), PhD in Sociology, studies language-in-interaction as a means to develop a praxeological approach of work in sociology, at the crossroads of institutional CA, ethnomethodological studies of work, and workplace studies.

Anna Vatanen (2017-2021), PhD in Finnish Linguistics, studies the use of grammar, prosody, embodied activity and timing in interactional meaning-making. Her current research focuses on the everyday life of families with several small children, especially on the situations where multiple courses of action are simultaneously relevant. She is also interested in cross-linguistic comparison and works on both Finnish and Estonian data. 

PhD students

Tiina Eilittä (2018-2022), MA, studies interaction between adults and children in busy everyday situations where multiple activities take place simultaneously. She is interested in the interactional practices that adults use when they coordinate and organise multiple activities at the moments when children seek the adults' attention.

Antti Kamunen (2016-2019), MA, is interested in how participants in conversations use their body, gaze and gestures to manage their involvements in multiple parallel activities. His data consist of audio-video recordings of naturally occurring conversations in various settings, such as family homes, student apartments, laboratories, university student work groups, cafés, and multinational military crisis management training.

Iira Rautiainen (2018-2022), MA, is interested in interaction in multinational crisis management training. She uses nexus analysis to study how people from different institutions and organisations interact and her primary data consist of audio-video recordings and ethnographic field notes from multinational crisis management exercises.

Research assistants

Tiina Eilittä (2018) wrote her Master’s Thesis in the field of interactional multitasking. She studied in her thesis family interactions in cars and at homes, and showed how parents organise their activities when children seek their attention.

Noora Kela (2016) wrote her Master’s Thesis on the occurrence of noticings and subsequent narratives in a mobile outdoor setting. She is interested in how participants make use of embodied and verbal resources.

From the left: Antti Kamunen, Sylvaine Tuncer, Pentti Haddington and Anna Vatanen (December 2015)


Prof. Charles Antaki, Loughborough University

Prof. Mathias Broth, University of Linköping

Dr. Eric Laurier, University of Edinburgh

Prof. Gene Lerner, UCSB

Prof. Lorenza Mondada, University of Basel

Last updated: 16.10.2018