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Name: Sune Vork Steffensen

Date of birth: 20th of January 1975

Nationality: Danish

Academic degrees: Ph.D., MA, BA

Current position: Associate Professor, Director

Affiliation: Centre for Human Interactivity ● Department of Language and Communication ● University of Southern Denmark

 

Contact information

Centre for Human Interactivity

Department of Language and Communication

University of Southern Denmark

Campusvej 55

DK-5230 Odense M

Denmark

s.v.steffensen@sdu.dk

 

Degrees

Feb 2007: Ph.D. degree in linguistics. University of Aarhus. Dissertation: The Subject – Grammatically and Hologram­ma­tically.

July 2001: MA [cand.mag.] in Danish linguistics, University of Southern Denmark.

Feb 2000: BA in Danish language and literature, University of Southern Denmark.

June 1994: High school degree, Viborg Katedralskole.

 

Employments

2018-: Professor in Language, Interaction, and Cognition, Department of Language and Communi­cation, University of Southern Denmark.

2011-2017: Associate Professor, Department of Language and Communi­cation, University of Southern Denmark.

2008-2011: Assistant Professor, Department of Language and Communi­ca­tion, University of Southern Denmark.

2006-2008: Research assistant, Department of Language and Communica­tion, University of Southern Denmark.

2002-2006: Ph.d.-scholar, Scandinavian Institute, University of Aarhus.

2002-2006: External lecturer, Institute for Clinical Research, Faculty of Health, University of Southern Denmark.

2002: External lecturer, Scandinavian Department, University of Aarhus.

2001: Teaching assistant, Scandinavian Department, University of Aarhus.

2001: Teaching assistant, Centre for Religion, University of Southern Denmark.

1999–2001: Instructor, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Southern Denmark.

 

Academic positions

January 2018-: Associate Chair, Danish Institute for Advanced Study, University of Southern Denmark.

November 2012-: Director, Centre for Human Interactivity, Institute of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark (www.sdu.dk/CHI).

Sep 2012-: Initiator and board member (treasurer/secretary), International Society for the Study of Interactivity, Language and Cognition.

May 2010­-Oct 2012: Research leader, Research Group: Holism ● Dialogue ● Organization, Institute of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark.

Oct 2009-Oct 2012:  Coordinator of Distributed Health Interaction (www.sdu.dk/DHI).

August 2008-: Member of the Distributed Language Group.

June 2008­-Oct 2012: Founding member of Research Group: Holism ● Dialogue ● Organiza­tion, Institute of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark.

 

Editorial positions

July 2015 -: Editor in Chief, Language Sciences (publ. by Elsevier)

Sep 2009-Oct 2012: Review editor, Journal of Multicultural Discourses (publ. by Routledge).

Sep 2008-: Reviewer, Language Sciences, Pragmatics & Cognition, Language and Communication, Russian Journal of Communi­cation, New Ideas in Psychology, Human Movement Science,and Akademisk Kvarter.

 

Institutional positions

May 2006-Aug 2015: Course leader, Communication and ethics, Faculty of Health, University of Southern Denmark.

Jan 1998-Sep 2000: Member of the Study Board, Scandinavian Studies, Odense University/University of Southern Denmark.

May 1996-Nov 1998: Secretary of the Students’ Council at Odense University [now University of Southern Denmark].

Jan 1998-May 1999: Member of the Faculty Council, Faculty of Humanities, Odense University [now University of Southern Denmark].

Jan 1996-Jan 1997: Member of the board of the Institute of Literature, Culture and Media, Odense University [now University of Southern Denmark].

 

Research Grants

2018: Grant from the Carlsberg Foundation, funding for the conference 4th International Conference on Ecolinguistics held at University of Southern Denmark (August 2019). Awarded 57,315 DKK.

Februar 2016: Grant from the NORDEA Foundation, funding the project Hjernetræning i ungdomsuddannelserne skal give overskud, præstationer og trivsel. Awarded 1,149,600 DKK (together with Erin Beatty).

September 2015:  Grant from the VELUX Foundation, funding the project The Ecology of Psychotherapy: Integrating Cognition, Language, and Emotion. Awarded 5,989,620 DKK (together with Thomas Wiben Jensen).

June 2014: HUM-SEED grant from the Faculty of Humanities, University of Southern Denmark, funding the initiation of the project The Ecology of Psychotherapy: Integrating Cognition, Language, and Emotion. Awarded 55,000 DKK (together with Thomas Wiben Jensen).

May 2013: Grant from Hans Christian Andersen Academy Visiting Professorial Fellowship, funding the affiliation of Paul Thibault to the Centre for Human Interactivity, 2015-2017. Awarded 300,000 DKK (together with Morten Boeriis).

May 2012: Grant from Hans Christian Andersen Academy Visiting Professorial Fellowship, funding the affiliation of Stephen Cowley to the Centre for Human Interactivity, 2012-2013. Awarded 300,000 DKK.

September 2012: Grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities. Project title: First International Conference on Interactivity, Language and Cognition. Funding for international conference held at University of Southern Denmark. Awarded 79,200 DKK.

 

Prices and honours

October 2016: Conferred the title as Visiting Professor at the Center for Eco­linguistics, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, PR China (for the period October 2016 – October 2019).

October 2001: Received the gold medal of the University of Southern Denmark for the dissertation De danske verbers morfo­logi(er)I-II [The morphology(-ies) of the Danish verbs I-II].

 

Supervision of Ph.D. students

September 2018 -: Lotte Abildgren (co-supervisor). Thesis: SimLEARN: Reducing adverse events through transfer of non-technical skills.

September 2018 -: Malte Lebahn. Thesis: SimLEARN: Reducing adverse events through transfer of non-technical skills.

June 2018 -: Line Maria Simonsen (co-supervisor). Thesis: Når relationer dis­tri­bueres: Anvendelsen af digitale platforme i sundheds­fag­lige interaktioner.

Sep 2013 – Jan 2017: Rasmus Gahrn-Andersen. Thesis: En fænomenologisk undersøgelse af den epistemologiske mulighedsbetingelse for social fælleshed [A phenomenological investigation of the epistemological basis of social sharedness]. Committee: Thomas Wiben Jensen (SDU), Søren Overgaard (Copenhagen University), and Kristin Gjesdal (Temple University).

Feb 2012 – Sep 2015: Sarah Bro Trasmundi (née Pedersen). Thesis: The cognitive ecology of human errors in emergency medicine: an interactivity-based approach. Committee: Stephen Cowley (SDU), Per Linell (Gothenburg University), and Charles Goodwin (UCLA).

 

Study/research stays

August 2017                      Southwestern University (PR China)

August 2017                      South China Agricultural University (PR China)

November 2016                 South China Agricultural University (PR China)

October 2015                     Kingston University (UK)

April-May 2015                   University of California at Los Angeles (USA)

September 2005                University of California at Berkeley (USA)

July 2000                          Ilisimatusafik (University of Greenland), Nuuk (Greenland)

June 1998                         Háskoli Íslands (University of Iceland), Reykjavík (Iceland)

Research areas

Sune Vork Steffensen's field of research is broadly defined as human interactivity, i.e. the way in which human beings, collaboratively and through the use of their material environment, shape their ecological niche in order to achieve results. The research area is trans-disciplinary in that it integrates linguistics, interaction studies and cognitive science. Theoretically, his research takes a starting point in systemic, ecological, distributed and complexity-theoretical approaches.

Ressearch areas:

  • Interactivity, Language and Cognition
  • Interpersonal Communication in Organisations
  • Cognitive Processes in Organisations
  • Cognitive Event Analysis
  • Philosophy of science (particularly in linguistics and cognitive science)

Research information

Overview of academic work

Publications

  • Monographs: 3
  • Edited volumes: 5
  • Peer-reviewed journal articles: 27
  • Book and encyclopaedia chapters: 16
  • Papers in proceedings: 5
  • Non-peer-reviewed articles: 3
  • Translations: 1
  • Features etc.: 11

Conference activities

  • Organised conferences: 2
  • Organised symposia/seminars:11
  • Key notes and plenaries: 7
  • Invited workshops: 5
  • Invited talks: 34
  • Conference papers: 39
  • Participation in congresses: 4

External positions

Visiting Professor, South China Agricultural University

1. Oct 2016 → …

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Research Output

Den menneskelige faktor: De kognitive aspekter af lægefejl

Trasmundi, S. B., Bygum, A., Baagøe Christensen, M. & Steffensen, S. V., Apr 2020, In : Maanedsskrift for Almen Praksis. April, p. 283-291

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  • Patient Psychopathology and the Management of Clinical Dilemmas in Psychotherapy: A Qualitative Analysis of Clinical Decision-Making

    Trasmundi, S. B., Skaalum Bloch, M., S. Høgenhaug, S., T. Jensen, V., K. Wrist, K., Jensen, T. W. & Steffensen, S. V., 20. Mar 2020, In : Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology. 10, 1, p. 29-42

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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    Rethinking ecolinguistics from a distributed language perspective

    Li, J., Steffensen, S. V. & Huang, G., Jul 2020, In : Language Sciences. 80, 12 p., 101277.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • Enacting hybrid cognition in medical discharges

    Simonsen, L. M. & Steffensen, S. V., 2019, (Submitted) In : Applied Ergonomics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Activities

    Languaging, Embodiment and Cognition

    Sune Vork Steffensen (Organizer)
    Nov 2019

    Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

    4th International Conference on Ecolinguistics

    Sune Vork Steffensen (Chairman)
    12. Aug 201915. Aug 2019

    Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

    Cognitive processes in embodied interaction: the case for Cognitive Event Analysis

    Sune Vork Steffensen (Lecturer), Sarah Bro Trasmundi (Lecturer)
    Mar 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lectures, external teaching and course activities at other universities

    Ecological language // Interactive cognition

    Sune Vork Steffensen (Guest lecturer)
    Feb 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lectures, external teaching and course activities at other universities

    Distributed Language and Applied Linguistics: Interactivity, Enskillment, and the Harnessing of Temporality

    Sune Vork Steffensen (Lecturer)
    Jan 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lectures, external teaching and course activities at other universities

    Projects

    Press / Media

    Verdensmål skal gøre forskningen på SDU mere samfundsrelevant

    Sune Vork Steffensen

    19/10/2019

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    STORT & SMÅT

    Sune Vork Steffensen

    25/09/2019

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    International klimakonference på SDU

    Sune Vork Steffensen

    14/08/2019

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    PRM / Sprogforskning kan også bidrage til at løse klimakrisen

    Sune Vork Steffensen

    07/08/2019

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Prizes

    Grant from the Carlsberg Foundation

    Sune Vork Steffensen (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

    Grant from the NORDEA Foundation

    Sune Vork Steffensen (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

    Grant from the VELUX Foundation

    Sune Vork Steffensen (Recipient), Sep 2015

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions