The 2nd Annual CASLC End-of-Academic-Year Celebratory Talk 2021

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Dates 2021/06/22 - 2021/06/22
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Tweet The 2nd Annual @CASLC_UoY End-of-Academic-Year Celebratory Talk at the University of York is delighted to present a talk by Professor Anssi Peräkylä, Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki, Finland: "Disengagement in psychiatric encounters", 22 June 2021
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The 2nd Annual CASLC End-of-Academic-Year Celebratory Talk 2021:


The 2nd Annual CASLC End-of-Academic-Year Celebratory Talk, The Centre for Advanced Studies in Language & Communication (CASLC) at the University of York is delighted to present a talk by…

  • Professor Anssi Peräkylä
  • Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Disengagement in psychiatric encounters
  • Date: Tuesday 22nd June 2021
  • Time: 2.00pm-3.30pm (UK time)
  • Place: Zoom. If you’re on the CASLC or CASLC-guest mailing list, you will receive a zoom link via google calendar. If you’re not on our mailing list, you can register for the talk by clicking on this link.
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Engagement is a substratum of social encounters. It involves the orientation by the interaction participants to each other physically and through perception, their collaboration in joint actions, and their sharing of the local moral order of the encounter. Goffman's early work pointed out a paradox of engagement: Engagement on one hand is a moral obligation for the interaction participants, but on the other, engagement is always shadowed by tendencies towards disengagement through withdrawal and side involvements. In my presentation, I will show how a young patient in psychiatric evaluation interviews oscillates between engagement and disengagement in her interactions with the clinicians interviewing her. I will also show how patients in couple therapy disengage posturally and through bodily side involvements during the talk where their spouses complain about them. I will suggest that it is analytically worthwhile to consider (dis)engagement as a multimodal Gestalt, where action, bodily participation and sharing of the moral order go together and index each other.

Anssi Peräkylä is Professor of Sociology at the University of Helsinki. In 2019-2023 he holds the prestigious position of Academy Professor. He received his PhD at University of London (Goldsmiths' College) in 1992. His research topics include counselling, medical consultations and psychotherapy, as well as emotion and psychophysiological reactions in social interaction. His current research project focusses on the interconnections between narcissistic personality and interactional practices.

Peräkylä has co-edited Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy (CUP 2008) and Emotion in Interaction (OUP 2012); currently he is editing Body, Participation and the Self: Revisting Goffman (Routledge) with Lorenza Mondada. In recent years, his work has been published in Research in Language and Social Interaction, American Journal of Sociology, Social Psychology Quarterly and International Journal of Psychoanalysis.