Multimodality Reading group

Multimodality: Social semiotic and discourse analysis perspectives’

Facilitator: Sophia Diamantopoulou

Multimodality has in the recent years shifted our attention to meanings realised in modes other than the linguistic. Research in different disciplines has adopted multimodal perspectives, while the growing interest in multimodality has created a range of approaches that converse with various epistemologies. This reading group will explore multimodality as it has emerged in the work of Gunther Kress. This foregrounds the social semiotic, communication and discourse analytical perspectives.

In the sessions, we will study selections from the reading list below. The first session will include an introduction to multimodality and will set the agenda for the discussions in the light of the participants’ interests.

The two series of sessions below are offered by the UCL Centre for Multimodal Research and are open to all academic staff, postgraduate students at UCL, as well as visiting scholars with an interest in multimodality. The sessions are free to attend and can be booked by e-mail to Priority will be offered to those who can attend all sessions in each series. Participants will be notified in advance about the readings for each week.

SPRING TERM: Monday 1st- Thursday 4th April 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00  

Room 803, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

This is an intensive programme entailing readings and seminars in multimodal discourse analysis and social semiotics. The sessions are run in collaboration with the Academic Writing Centre and are particularly tailored to the needs of MA students who are using relevant interpretative frameworks in their essays or MA thesis.

SUMMER TERM: Wednesdays 8th, 15th, 29th of May and 5th June  15:00-17:00  

Room 803, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

This series of four two-hour sessions involves readings and discussions foregrounding research methods in multimodal research. Participants are encouraged to bring data from their own research for discussion in the light of the readings.


Bezemer, J. and Kress, G. (2016). Multimodality, Learning and Communication: A social Semiotic Frame. London: Routledge

Jewitt, C., Bezemer, J. and O’Halloran, K. (2016). Introducing Multimodality. London: Routledge

Kress, G. (2010). Multimodality: A Social Semiotic Approach to Contemporary Communication. Abingdon: Routledge

Kress, G. (2011).  Discourse analysis and education: A multimodal social semiotic approach. In R. Rogers (Ed.), An Introduction to Critical Discourse Analysis in Education. New York: Routledge