Michael Lynch

Plenary Address: Wednesday, July 12 – 8:30pm*

Garfinkel, Sacks and Formal Structures: Collaborative Origins, Divergences and the Vexed Unity of Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

This talk focuses on the collaboration between Harold Garfinkel and Harvey Sacks on their paper “On Formal Structures of Practical Actions.” Their collaboration had lasting importance for both ethnomethodology and CA, by subordinating the privileges of academic analysis to the production of “members’ methods of sociological inquiry.”

*Keynote address occurs at the Conference Banquet (beginning at 7:00pm).  Pre-paid banquet ticket is required to attend.

About Michael Lynch

lynch_mikeMichael Lynch is a Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. He studies discourse, visual representation, and practical action in research laboratories, clinical settings, and legal tribunals. He received the 1995 Robert K. Merton Professional award from the Science, Knowledge and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association for his book Scientific Practice and Ordinary Action. His most recent book, Truth Machine: The Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting (with Simon Cole, Ruth McNally & Kathleen Jordan) examines the interplay between law and science in criminal cases involving DNA evidence.  The book received the 2011 Distinguished Publication Award from the Ethnomethodology/ Conversation Analysis section of the American Sociological Association. He received the 2016 John Desmond Bernal Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science for distinguished contributions to the field.