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Research areas

Fields of research 

  • Embodied Interaction
  • Cognitive Ethnography
  • Gesture
  • Collective Creativity

Johanne Stege Philipsen is a Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Language and Communication at SDU. Johanne has a background in Linguistics and Cognitive Semiotics from Aarhus University, and has done work in fields of Semiotics, Interaction studies, and Cognitive ethnography. Her main area of research is micro-analytic studies of face-to-face interaction with special interests including tactility, embodiment, gesture, joint problem solving, ecological cognition and collaborative idea generation processes. Her dissertation was dedicated to the diverse synergies of creative group processes with a special focus on idea generation using LEGO blocks and, among other things, involving the workshop method LEGO Serious Play. During her PhD training, Johanne has had several extensive international research stays with prof. Charles Goodwin and prof. Marjorie Harness Goodwin at UCLA. At the moment, she is investigating co-operative gesture transformations and embodied practices in psychotherapy. As a footnote, she has also published under her previous last name Bjørndahl.

Selected publications

Tylén, K., Philipsen, J. S., Roepstorff, A., & Fusaroli, R. (2016). Trails of meaning construction: Symbolic artifacts engage the social brain. NeuroImage, 134: 105-112.

Bjørndahl, J.S., Fusaroli R., Østergaard, S. and Tylén K. (2015) Agreeing is not enough: The constructive role of miscommunication. Interaction Studies, 16(3): 395-525.

Bjørndahl, J. S., Fusaroli, R., Østergaard, S., & Tylén, K. (2014). Thinking together with material representations: Joint epistemic actions in creative problem solving. Cognitive Semiotics, 7(1), 103-123.

Tylén K., Fusaroli R, Bjørndahl J.S., Raszerczek-Leonardi, J., Østergaard, S. & Stjernfelt, F. (2014) Diagrammatic Reasoning: abstraction, interaction, and insight. Pragmatics & Cognition, 22(2): 264-283.

Research areas

  • Language, Text, and Discourse
  • Communication
  • Group Creativity
  • Interaction analysis
  • Multimodality and Gestures
  • Cognitive Ethnography

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Research Output 2009 2019

Co-Operative Action, Charles Goodwin, Cambridge University Press, New York (2018), p. 521, ISBN 9780521866330, GBP 120,00 (hardback): Book review

Philipsen, J. S., Dec 2018, In : Journal of Pragmatics. 138, p. 176-178

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewResearchpeer-review

How Do Signs Come To Mean? Reflections on the Goodwinian Interactional Approach to Empirical Investigations of the Human Semiotic Ecology

Bjørndahl, J. S. & Jensen, L. V., 2018, Co-operative Engagements in Intertwined Semiosis : Essays in Honour of Charles Goodwin. Favareau, D. (ed.). University of Tartu Press, p. 355-358 (Tartu Semiotics Library, Vol. 19).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

Face-to-face Interaction
Meaning Making
21 Downloads (Pure)

Why Multimodality? Why Co-Operative Action? (transcribed by J. Philipsen)

Goodwin, C. & Bjørndahl, J. S. (Translator), Oct 2018, In : Social Interaction. Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality. 1, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Creative Synergies - On how ideas grow in interaction

Bjørndahl, J. S., 2017, Aarhus Universitet. 175 p.

Research output: Book/anthology/thesis/reportPh.D. thesisResearch

Open Access
earning a doctorate

Activities 2017 2019

The Multiscalarity of Re-enactment in Interaction: The Ecological Self

Sarah Bro Trasmundi (Speaker), Johanne Stege Philipsen (Speaker)
11. Jun 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

NyS (Journal)

Johanne Stege Philipsen (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

The 2nd symposium on Embodied Interaction

Johanne Stege Philipsen (Organizer), Sarah Bro Trasmundi (Organizer), Sune Vork Steffensen (Chairman), Line Brink Worsøe (Chairman)
26. Jun 201827. Jun 2018

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation


Pre-conference Lab on Intercorporeality

Johanne Stege Philipsen (Organizer), Sarah Bro Trasmundi (Organizer)
25. Jun 2018

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars

Projects 2016 2020

Teaching & Supervision

Interaktivitet og Kognition i Organisationer

Sune Vork Steffensen & Johanne Stege Philipsen

01/02/2016 → …

Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

Kreativitet og Procesfacilitering

Johanne Stege Philipsen

05/02/2019 → …

Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

Vejledning af Bachelor projekter

Johanne Stege Philipsen

15/01/2019 → …

Course: Teaching and supervisionSupervision

Vejledning af Kandidatspecialer

Johanne Stege Philipsen

01/02/2019 → …

Course: Teaching and supervisionSupervision