Ali Reza Majlesi

Ali Reza Majlesi


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Arbetar vid Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik
Telefon 08-16 37 66
Besöksadress Frescativägen 54
Rum 2504
Postadress Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig

I am an interaction analyst. I started out as a linguist (general linguistics with an orientation to social aspects of language use) and made my home base in conversation analysis (CA) and video analysis of talk-in-interaction. My research focuses on interaction order and embodied contributions of participants in the organization of interaction in social gatherings and encounters. My concerns involve the questions about how people can make sense of each other, organize their competences and knowledge in co-operation with each other, and accomplish their daily life activities (inspired by Garfinkel's Ethnomethodology).

Current Research Projects

  • “Multilingual Practices & Pedagogical Challenges in the elderly care”. The project leader: Gunilla Jansson. Financed by VR (by the Swedish Research Council). Grant number: 2013-2020. Years 2016-2017.
  •  “Life with dementia: Communication, Relation and Cognition”. The leader of the program: Lars-Christer Hydén. Financed by FORTE (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life & Welfare). Grant number 2016-07207. Years 2017-2020.

Current Publications

Majlesi, AR., Nilsson, E. & Ekström, A. (2017).  Video data as a method to understand non-verbal communication in couples with dementia, In J. Keady, L-C. Hydén, A. Johnson, C. Swarbrick (Eds.), Social Research Methods in Dementia Studies: Inclusion and Innovation. London:  Open University Press/McGraw-Hill.

Majlesi, AR., Antelius, E., & Plejert, C. (2017). Epistemic negotiations in interpreter-mediated dementia evaluations: The co-operative role of patients’ relatives. In C. Plejert, C. Lindholm & R. W. Schrauf (Eds.), Multilingual interaction and dementia. London: Multilingual Matters.

Majlesi, AR. & Ekström, A. (2016). Baking together – the coordination of actions in activities involving people with dementia. Journal of Aging Studies, 38, 37-46.

Majlesi, AR. & Plejert C. (2016). Embodiment in test of cognitive functioning: A study of interpreter-mediated dementia evaluation. Dementia, 0(0), 1-26 (DOI: 10.1177/1471301216635341)

Majlesi, AR. (2015). Matching gestures: Teachers' repetitions of students' gestures in second language learning classrooms. Journal of Pragmatics. 76, 30-45.

Majlesi, AR. (2014). Finger Dialogue - The embodied accomplishment of learnables in instructing grammar on a worksheet. Journal of Pragmatics, 64, 35-51.



Dialogical theories, Interaction analysis, Multimodality, Atypical conversations, Conversation analysis, Ethnomethodology, Embodied practices


I urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas
  • 2016. Ali Reza Majlesi, Anna Ekström. Journal of Aging Studies 38, 37-46

    This study explores interaction and collaboration between people with dementia and their spouses in relation to the performance of household chores with the focus on instruction as an interactional context to engage the person with dementia in collaboration to accomplish joint activities. Dementia is generally associated with pathological changes in people's cognitive functions such as diminishing memory functions, communicative abilities and also diminishing abilities to take initiative as well as to plan and execute tasks. Using video recordings of everyday naturally occurring activities, we analyze the sequential organization of actions (see Schegloff, 2007) oriented toward the accomplishment of a joint multi-task activity of baking. The analysis shows the specific ways of collaboration through instructional activities in which the person with dementia exhibits his competence and skills in accomplishing the given tasks through negotiating the instructions with his partner and carrying out instructed actions. Although the driving force of the collaboration seems to be a series of directive sequences only initiated by the partner throughout the baking activity, our analyses highlight how the person with dementia can actively use the material environment including collaborating partners to compensate for challenges and difficulties encountered in achieving everyday, tasks. The sequential organization of instructions and instructed actions are in this sense argued to provide an interactional environment wherein the person with dementia can make contributions to the joint activity in an efficient way. While a collaborator has been described as necessary for a person with dementia to be able to partake in activities, this study shows that people with dementia are not only guided by their collaborators in joint activities but they can also actively use their collaborators in intricate compensatory ways.

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Senast uppdaterad: 13 september 2017

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