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Center for Social Practices and Cognition is part of the Institute of Language and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark.

The main focus of our research is how we reach a mutual understanding through social interactions. Thereby our research contributes to the research done on the Danish welfare society as it studies when and how we as individuals become included and take part in society by our linguistic and communicative competences. Hence our research also concerns cases in which we do not manage to participate in society and thereby becomes excluded from it. We also seek potential ways for us to get involved again. This is examined in the everyday life as well as in institutional contexts.

Our primary research methods are ethnographic as we observe and record or file authentic interaction. We analyze how the participants reach common understanding when coordinating resources such as language, science of gestures, body, look and material artefacts. For this purpose we use etnomethodological conversation analysis (EMCA).

Please visit our Danish website for further information.