Multimodality Reading group

Multimodality: Social semiotic and discourse analysis perspectives

Facilitator: Sophia Diamantopoulou

When: Summer Term: 15:00-17:00 p.m. Thursday 3, 10, 17 and 24 May 2018

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

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.

This series of sessions is offered by the UCL Centre for Multimodal Research and is open to all postgraduate students at UCL. The session is free to attend and you can book a place by e-mailing . Participants will be notified in advance about the readings for each week.


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