2.3. HSSH Visiting Professor lecture with Ruth Ayaß (Bielefeld University): Talking about future

The lecture will take place in Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40), Sali 5, on Thursday 2nd of March at 16.15.

HSSH visiting professor Ruth Ayaß (Bielefeld University) will give a lecture on a topic Talking about future.

The lecture will take place in Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40), Sali 5, on Thursday 2nd of March at 16.15.

Talking about future


As interactors we are embedded in the flow of time and move forward with it. Our interactions happen in the now. Yet our interactions transcend the here and now. On the one hand, we talk about past events, we tell us things from the past, and we remember in interactions. But we also talk about the future, about our own future and about our common future. The future is not something that just happens because time passes. Rather, the future is planned in interactions. What will be in the future arises in and through interactions in everyday contexts.

The talk deals with these forms of interactive production of the future. It shows how in everyday communications immediate reality (today) is transcended in the form of plans for the future (tomorrow). The starting point is the research project “Projective Genres” (German Science Foundation DFG, 2021-2024), which deals with interactive projections of a common future in everyday communications. The project data consists mainly of audio and video recordings of everyday communication in families.

Ruth Ayaß is professor for sociology at Bielefeld University. Her research focuses on sociology of everyday interaction, ethnomethodology, and interpretive sociology.

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