Visual and Multimodal Research Forum – 10th Nov

The Visual and Multimodal Research Forum is a student run platform for academic discussion on multimodality and open to all  postgraduate research students and other researchers at UCL Institute of Education and elsewhere. Participation is free. Please contact Sophia Diamantopoulou, Forum Coordinator, at for any queries.

Date: Monday 10th of November, 5:00-6:30 pm

Venue: London Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald Street, WC1N 3QS

This meeting will start off with a short introduction to multimodality and multimodal research and will continue with the following talk:

Language and identity research in digital environments: a multimodal perspective

Myrrh Domingo, Lecturer in Contemporary Literacy, UCL Institute of Education.

Contemporary changes in communication and the widespread use of new media present new potentials and challenges for language and identity research. Writing and speech are often now combined with other modes of representations to materialise meanings in digital environments. Modes such as layout, colour, framing image and writing are increasingly offered as resources for people to shape their social and textual interactions online. These features of multimodal communication are not often integrated in linguistic research online. People’s communication practices are altered with new media and their transformed discursive and semiotic practices with increased diversity. In light of these changes, this presentation will explicate on the need for expanding language and identity research to include multimodality. It aims to demonstrate how the application of a multimodal approach in conjunction with theories and areas of interest drawn from applied linguistics can broaden notions of ‘content’ and inform research focused on language and identity in digital environments.