Garfinkel Tribute Events

Harold Garfinkel laid the foundations of ethnomethodology and presided over its development over more than six decades of scholarly work, publishing titles such asStudies in Ethnomethodology (1967), Ethnomethodology’s Program: Working out Durkheim’s Aphorism (2002) and Seeing Sociologically: The Routine Grounds of Social Action (2006).
He passed away on April 21, 2011 at the age of 93.

Published obituaries:

New York Times

Los Angeles Times

The 2011 IIEMCA conference celebrates the originality, significance and fruitfulness of Harold Garfinkel’s work and includes several events aimed at honoring his legacy. These events are part of the conference program and are open to all registered participants.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the conference venue:
4:00 p.m. Opening of the Harold Garfinkel tribute events.
4.00 to 5.30 p.m.: exhibition of testimonies of Harold Garfinkel’s work and international influence*.
4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Workshops on Harold Garfinkel’s writings and empirical research.
5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Special tribute to Harold Garfinkel’s contribution to the study of social action.
* The exhibition will be accessible for the remaining part of the conference.

Contribute with your testimony
All are welcome to help us create a collection of testimonies of Harold Garfinkel’s work and his international influence, even if not planning to attend the conference. Your testimony may take the form of texts (essays, memories, letters etc.), photos or audio/video recordings (classes, seminars, interviews etc.) and will be displayed in the conference’s exhibition area.

If you would like to make a contribution, please take note of the following guidelines:
1. Testimonies should be sent as an e-mail attachment to (indicate “Garfinkel tribute” in the e-mail subject line) before June 26, 2011.
2. Only the following file formats will be considered: text (.pdf), photo (.jpg), audio or video recording (.mov).
3. For all items submitted electronically (texts, photos and recordings), the author’s full name, postal address and e-mail address must appear in the body of the message.
4. Please keep in mind that all items will be displayed in their original formats. The largest paper size for printed material is A3.
5. The organizers reserve the right to display only a selection of the testimonies received. They are not able to guarantee a reply to any correspondence related to these submissions.
6. By submitting your testimony, you declare that you have the right to display it in public. You authorize the conference organizers to display it during the conference and to conserve it as conference archives.

We thank you in advance for your contribution to the Harold Garfinkel Tribute Events!