Workshop: Multimodality in Social Media and Digital Environments

BAAL Language and New Media SIG 2016 Workshop: Multimodality in Social Media and Digital Environments
Queen Mary University of London, 15 April, 2016

Gestures, positioning in space, and other forms of embodied communication are frequently recognised as bearing meaning-making potential in interpersonal interactions and print mediaalongside (or instead of) language. There is also a feeling of urgency to systematically account for multimodal aspects of digital environments, particularly as they increasingly focus on multimodal content and foster intertextuality and interactivity.
This relatively new scholarly interest brings with it a number of methodological considerations as well as questions related to the application and interpretation of semiotic resources beyond language in digital contexts.
The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in the multimodal aspects of social and digital communication, to discuss methodological considerations in multimodal social media research, and explore the possible ways forward. The event will consist of invited plenaries, paper presentations and discussions.

Confirmed invited speakers
·    Prof. Rodney Jones (University of Reading)
·    Dr Myrrh Domingo (IOE UCL)

Paper presentations
We invite paper presentations which address themes related to multimodality in digital media, including:
·    Methodological considerations in multimodal social media research (including multimodal transcription, ethics, and methodological innovations)
·    Multimodal meaning-making in digital environments
·    The interplay of language and multimodal content in digital media
·    Body in and through digital communication
·    Multimodality and inter-disciplinary potential
·    Multimodal literacy in social and digital media
·    Navigating multimodal digital media environments

Format for Proposals
Proposals of should be submitted to Dr Agnieszka Lyons (<>) as a Word document or PDF file, containing the following information:

·    Title of proposal in bold
·    Name of presenter
·    Name and address of institution, telephone and email
·    Abstract text max. 300 words
·    12 pt font, left-aligned, single-spaced

Key Dates
·    24 January 2015 – Receipt of Proposals
·    1 February 2015 – Notification of Proposal acceptances
·    15 March 2015 – Payment of fees

The fee includes: registration, teas/coffees, and lunch.
·    Full fee – £50
·    BAAL members’ fee – £40
·    Concessionary fee – £30

Up to 5 concessionary places are available for student or unwaged members of BAAL. To request one of these places, please contact Agnieszka Lyons ( Concessionary places will be given on a first come, first served basis; please apply at point of registration.
Please note that the fee does not include accommodation.

Registration and payment of fees will be available from 15 February 2016.

For any questions about the workshop, please contact Dr Agnieszka Lyons, Queen Mary University of London,<>.