Call for Papers: Encompassing the multimodality of knowledge – Denmark 8-10 May 2014

The 5th international conference in the 360° series will be held in Aarhus, Denmark May 8th -May 10th 2014. The conference features three key note addresses by Professor Theo van Leeuwen, Professor Carey Jewitt, and Professor David Machin. Theo van Leeuwen will give a keynote address on ” Recontextualization, cognition and modality”.  Carey Jewitt will give a keynote address on “Extending multimodality through Interdisciplinary Collaboration”. David Machin will give a keynote address on “Exploring what is Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis”. As the conference title suggests, we encourage participants to explore and engage the multimodality of knowledge from a wide variety ofcombined perspectives and disciplines from multimodality to visual anthropology, linguistics, discourse analysis, genre analysis, LSP research, etc. We are especially looking for contributions within the following three strands:


  • Which settings, media, modes, channels and / or what practices enhance our use of multimodal configurations when communicating knowledge?
  • What interactional parameters influence the multimodal communication of knowledge?
  • Where do the challenges, paradoxes and dilemmas of multimodal knowledge communication lie?


  • What combination of modes is suited for representing specific types of knowledge?
  • What relations exist between methods for analysing knowledge and representing it multimodally?
  • What specific textual and generic features or certain technologies enhance multimodal representation?
  • Which cultural, conventional, habitual, or ritualistic elements can enhance multimodal representation?
  • What research tools are available for coding and representing the meaning-making interplay of several semiotic modes?


  • What are the distinctive affordances of multimodal phenomena (from singular multimodal texts to multimedia art installations and interactive social events) in constructing knowledge?
  • Does multimodality enhance or even ensure the construction of knowledge in the ‘other’?
  • Where may we locate the motivational triggers for constructing knowledge by means of complex multimodal resources – are theyindividual, social, discursive, purely cognitive or?


* 14 January 2014: Abstract submission due

14 February 2014: Notification of acceptance

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