MULTIMODALITY TALKS Series is a joint initiative for researchers across the world who are interested in multimodality. It aims to provide a platform for dialogue for advancing multimodal research across disciplines. Multimodality draws attention to how meaning is made through the combined use of semiotic resources such as gesture, speech, face expression, body movement and proxemics, (still and moving) image, objects, sound and music, writing, colour, layout, and the built environment.

The seminars will be running 12.00-13.30 GMT – 13.00-14:30 CET online on Zoom. Use the registration link to register and attend the talk.

If you would like to present your work at our series in 2022-2023, please send a title, abstract and short biosketch to:,, and

(In this programme, you can find links to recordings of previous talks if the speaker has agreed for the talk to be recorded)

  • 15th October 2021 Dylan Yamada-Rice, Manchester Metropolitan University/ Dubit, UK.

Children’s interactive story-telling in Virtual Reality

To watch the recorded talk, see here:

  • 29th October 2021 Mia Heikkilä, Åbo Akademi University, Finland.  

A multimodal, gender analysis of the ‘kitchen corner’ in early childhood education settings – a place for reproduction of gender stereotypes?

To watch the recorded talk, see here:

  • 12th November 2021 Judith Green, University of California, Santa Barbara

Interactional ethnography and multimodality: Issues of epistemology, logic of enquiry and analysis

The pre-recorded talk: 

The live session: introduction start-05:18; discussion 1:05:36 end  (the live session also included a sharing of the pre-recorded talk, but to enjoy the best quality, it’s better to go to the original one)

  • 26th November 2021 Charles Forceville, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Relevance: The Key Principle of All Communication 

To read the abstract and attend the talk, register here:

  • 10th  December 2021 Linnéa Stenliden, Linköping University, Sweden.  

Visual storytelling and students’ multimodal knowledge sharing in school: Spatial repertoires and semiotic assemblages.

To watch the recorded talk, see here:

  • 14th January 2022 John Bateman (University of Bremen) and Arianna Maiorani (Loughborough University)

The Kinesemiotic Body: an empirical approach to investigating the multimodal discourse organization of dance

To watch the recorded talk see here:

  • 11th February 2022 Elise Seip Tønnessen, University of Agder, Sweden

Multimodal readings in children’s literature

To watch the recorded talk see here:

  • 25th February 2022 Victor Lim Fei, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

What Can Multimodality Offer for Education?

To watch the recorded talk see here:

  • 11th March 2022 Frank Serafini, Arizona State University, USA

2.00-3.30 PM GMT

Implications of Multimodal Theories on Research Design: Researching Wine Labels

To watch the recorded talk, see here:

  • 25th March 2022 Kristina Danielsson, Linnaeus University, Sweden

Transformations of representations of force. Meaning-making about Newton’s third law in a primary classroom

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  • 8th April 2022 Sachi Sekimoto, Minnesota State University, USA

3.00-4.30pm GMT

Rhythmic bodies: Sensorial multimodality, entrainment, and intercultural communication

To watch the recorded talk, see here:

  • 29th April 2022 Jenifer Ho, City University of Hong Kong

The multimodal construction of interculturality, authenticity and authority in YouTube videos

To watch the recorded talk, see here:

  • 13th May 2022 Jeff Bezemer, University College London, UK

The affordance of affordance in multimodality

To watch the recorded talk, see here:

  • 27th May 2022 Fredrik Lindstrand, University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Sweden

Multimodality and recognition as social and epistemological forces in learning and education

To watch the recorded talk, see here:

  • 10th June 2022 Carmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard, University of Birmingham, UK

Ageism, sexism and semiotic representation

To watch the recorded talk, see here:

MULTIMODALITY TALKS Series is organised by The UCL Visual and Multimodal Research Forum, the University of Leeds Multimodality@Leeds and Insulander/Svärdemo Åberg at the Department of Education, Stockholm University. It is conceived of working as a tandem with the Bremen-Groningen Online Workshops on Multimodality to make the best of the online format to offer multiple chances for sharing research and stimulating discussions on multimodality worldwide.

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