Tiina Keisanen

Tiina Keisanen

PhD, Adjunct Professor



My general field of research is multimodal social interaction in different types of everyday situations, ranging from foraging activities to interactions in class or at home. I examine how discourse participants deploy language, embodiment, artefacts and their surrounding context in the construction of actions and activities, and the orderly practices of human sociality. In some of my research it is also relevant to examine how participants' actions in situ are influenced by their personal histories and discourses circulating the setting. I draw on conversation analysis, interactional linguistics and nexus analysis in my research.

Research interests

  • multimodal social interaction
  • language learning and teaching


Full list of publications in SoleCris

Selected publications:

  • Iivari, Netta, Marianne Kinnula, Leena Kuure & Tiina Keisanen (2020). "Arseing around was fun!" - humor as a resource in design and Making. Proceedings of CHI '20: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1-13. New York: ACM. DOI: 10.1145/3313831.3376169
  • Keisanen, Tiina & Mirka Rauniomaa (2019). Classifying finds in foraging on the basis of (guided) sensory inspection. Gesprächsforschung 20(2019), 518–544.
  • Enfield, Nick, Tanya Stivers, Penelope Brown, Cristina Englert, Katariina Harjunpää, Makoto Hayashi, Trine Heinemann, Gertie Hoymann, Tiina Keisanen, Mirka Rauniomaa, Chase Wesley Raymond, Federico Rossano, Kyung-Eun Yoo, Inge Zwitserlood & Stephen Levinson (2019). Polar answers. Journal of Linguistics, 55(2), 277–304.
  • Keisanen, Tiina, Mirka Rauniomaa & Pauliina Siitonen (2017). Transitions as sites of socialization in family interaction outdoors. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction 14: 24–37.
  • Haddington, Pentti, Keisanen, Tiina & Rauniomaa, Mirka (2016). Tila ja liike. In Stevanovic, Melisa & Camilla Lindstöm (eds). Keskustelunanalyysi. Kuinka tutkia sosiaalista toimintaa ja vuorovaikutusta, pp. 162-177. Tampere: Vastapaino.


Research projects

HANS - Human Activity in Natural Settings, Academy of Finland 2015-2019


I teach on all levels of basic, intermediate and advanced studies in English, and supervise work on bachelor's, master's and doctoral theses.

Professional and community activities

  • Member of the Doctoral Training Committee in Human Sciences, UniOGS, 2018-2021
  • Member of the Publication Forum panel Linguistics, 2018-2021
  • Chair of the Ethics Committee of Human Sciences 2019-

Research groups

  • head of research community, principal investigator, COACT
  • member, EveLINE

Thesis supervisions

Doctoral theses, completed
Doctoral theses, ongoing
  • Matti Nikkilä (main supervisor)

    Anne Ontero (supervisor)

    Riikka Tumelius (supervisor)

    Sirpa Vellonen-Myllylä (supervisor)

    Heidi Spets (main supervisor)

    Sabine Grasz (supervisor)